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    Ogre in the Playground
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    It's a box. Boxes are useful for storing things in. The little bit of writing could be used to distract thieves and/or conceal some protective runes.

    Trousers of summon confused creepy crawlies

    The wearer of this item may use it to cast Summon Swarm I, however said swarm are Confused as per the spell effect and are always summoned as close to the caster as possible.
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    Hmm... unlike an ordinary summoned swarm, which can't be directed once it's summoned, the caster can use the confusion's "close with caster if attack is not possible" and "flee away from caster" results to steer the swarm in specific directions. On average, it moves away from the caster. The swarm lasts as long as the caster keeps concentrating, so it can be used to wreck directed havoc at a considerable distance so long as the caster gets enough initial separation to not be the nearest creature.


    Hover Boots
    On walking off a ledge, step, cliff or similar terrain feature, these leather boots support the wearer in midair for one stride or one second (whichever comes first). Sadly, this function is not compatible with running or jumping.
    The gnomes once had many mines, but now they have gnome ore.

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    You can walk quickly from one windowledge to the next for stealthing into an urban hideout. And you can step partly off the stage ledge as a special effect during live swordplay and dance.

    Squirrel of mimicry card
    A normal-sized card. On the front you'll see a red S on the top left and bottom right and a picture of a red squirrel in the middle, which serves no function in any well-known card game. Whenever you put it into a deck, its back changes to match that of the other cards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bug_sniper View Post
    You can walk quickly from one windowledge to the next for stealthing into an urban hideout. And you can step partly off the stage ledge as a special effect during live swordplay and dance.

    Squirrel of mimicry card
    A normal-sized card. On the front you'll see a red S on the top left and bottom right and a picture of a red squirrel in the middle, which serves no function in any well-known card game. Whenever you put it into a deck, its back changes to match that of the other cards.
    Just Because it's not a card for any well-known card game doesn't mean it couldn't be used in games. The Squirrel card could be treated as a variant addition to every well known card game typically as a thief card of some variation.

    The Broken Paper Watch
    This is a watch entirely made of paper, it has already gotten wet, and is nonfunctional. The Water Damage apparent on this paper watch was entirely purposeful in it's creation.

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    It's okay, Timmy. We'll just smooth it out, let it dry on the counter, and hang it back up on the fridge. I'm sure Ann feels very sorry that she dunked it in the bathtub and told you it was magic.

    Rose-tinted Glasses
    These sunglasses allow the wearer to see people and things in the best possible light, figuratively speaking. Mechanically, these behave as eyes of charming, but the effect causes the wearer to be voluntarily charmed by a subject rather than the other way around.
    Nexusites, Margo, Dorothy, Lucca.
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    Works as a gag / sabotage gift. Give them to some easily influenced opponent / minion of an opponent to temporarily suborn them to your side, perhaps.

    Pebble of changeable metal
    Created by an alchemist looking for the philosopher's stone, this tiny pebble-shaped lump of metal may change itself on command between being made up of lead and being made up of copper. Any attempt to reshape the pebble removes this effect.
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    That's the perfect ballast for a model submarine, which can be made to float or submerge on command. If only we had a few more of them for finer control...

    Metamagic Rod of Substitute Coloration
    The wielder can cast up to three spells per day that are colored a deep purple rather than their normal hues.
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    The gnomes once had many mines, but now they have gnome ore.

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    Need to impersonate the BBEG, but you're an evoker who took necromancy and illusion as your banned schools? This is the rod for you!

    Next! Skates of Melting!
    These otherwise functional ice skates melt away the ice in the wearer's wake. Mechanically, at the end of a move action where the wearer moves across a surface of water ice, the skates melt away up to 1 foot of ice in each space that the wearer left during the move. This will leave an 11-inch pool of water if you're skating across a glacier or something.
    Nexusites, Margo, Dorothy, Lucca.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Gunsforhands View Post
    Next! Skates of Melting!
    These otherwise functional ice skates melt away the ice in the wearer's wake. Mechanically, at the end of a move action where the wearer moves across a surface of water ice, the skates melt away up to 1 foot of ice in each space that the wearer left during the move. This will leave an 11-inch pool of water if you're skating across a glacier or something.
    Perfect if you are alone and have to stop a huge horde of enemies, crossing a frozen lake or river. Well, at least if the ice has the right thickness...

    Wand of increase enemy's strength +6
    This wand will cast bulls strength at one target, as long as this target is hostile to the caster.

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    Could be used as a buff on allies of convenience, on a teammate whom you've managed to tick off a bit, or on enslaved minions, depending on the exact definition used of "hostile".

    Or you could give the wand itself to a hostile captive, and compel them to use it to buff you and your allies; the fact that it cannot be used to buff their allies then becomes something of a security feature (although obviously not a perfect one).

    Evergreen cloak
    This cloak is always a bright green in colour, no matter what gets spilled on it or the background lighting.
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    Ah, it's a sort of wearable semaphore, where the wearer dances to send messages over distances too far for shouting. The enchantment makes sure it's distinct and visible even after hiking through a marsh or in the poor light of dusk.

    Atlas Launch System
    This is a steel tube, 2 feet wide and 5 feet high. When set upright on the ground and held there for 10 seconds, it will magically propel any maps within to the upper edge of the atmosphere in the direction it's pointed.

    Experimentation shows that the maps somehow phase through any non-map objects in the way, other than book-binding materials used to bind maps together, and that having a scroll or book that's part map and part prose results in a torn scroll or book.
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    The gnomes once had many mines, but now they have gnome ore.

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    No, see, the trick is to encode the prose into the map. It's not even that hard; it doesn't care about whether the map is correct or whether it's of a real place, as long as it's all incorporated together. For the same reason, a full-body tattoo of a map results in painful death, whereas casting Flesh to Stone and then chiseling you into a stylized globe works.

    Next item! Lamb Chop
    This living sheep can be wielded as a +2 Battleaxe for as long as it's alive. Whenever it deals damage, the sheep takes an equal amount of damage.
    Nexusites, Margo, Dorothy, Lucca.
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    A one-use magic weapon with a built-in free meal at the end? Sounds great to me. Plus you get the humiliation factor of killing your enemy with a sheep.

    Bottle of Flatulence: Most likely created as a prank, this magical bottle emits a stench like a particularly stinky far when the bottle is opened and the command word is spoken. The stench covers a cylindrical area 10 feet high and 10 feet wide, expanding by 10 feet every round until it either fills the entire room or until it's closed.
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    Great way to clear a room.


    The Lyre of misattribution
    Whenever playing the lyre any songs performed or sung will be attributed to a master artisan who mysteriously disappears at the end of the song removing all credit from the music for yourself.

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    If your local nobles are cracking down on bards singing seditious songs, send them chasing a songwriter that doesn't exist while stirring up your rebellion.

    Backfire Bolts
    This set of 50 enchanted crossbow bolts launch in the opposite direction of the way the crossbow's pointed.
    The gnomes once had many mines, but now they have gnome ore.

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    Backfire Bolts
    This set of 50 enchanted crossbow bolts launch in the opposite direction of the way the crossbow's pointed.
    Sneak them into the enemy's armory and the crossbow users will be much less effective at stopping your charge.

    Movable Rod
    This rod looks like an immovable rod and it takes a DC 35 spellcraft check to find the differences. When used, it will be completely impossible to keep this rod still.

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    Use it as a crowbar. Put it between 2 bars of a barred window and brace it against a boulder or wall or heavy piece of furniture so that it must bend the bars in order to move.

    Another use is to attach magnets to it and put it inside a solenoid so that it functions as a fuelless generator.

    Next item: Stone of Euclid

    While carrying this stone, walking diagonally takes √2 times as long is it does in the 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons rules. And generally, when walking x units in one dimension and y units in another dimension, it takes time proportional to √(x+y).

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    Can be planted on an opponent to slow them down in a race, especially if laid out in such a way that you're mainly moving diagonally on the world's grid. Mainly useful in confusing the DM with maths, however.

    Dancing shoes
    Just after being taken off, these shoes do a brief dance on their own.

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    Those sound like a great way to entertain children, and possibly a good way to help teach them how to tie/untie shoes laces.


    Rod of Self-Cursing: This twisted wooden rod allows the wielder to cast bestow curse three times a day, but only targeting the wielder themselves.
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    Ashenzari gives you extra piety when you explore the world while harboring a curse. Also, an accomplished witch can become symbiotic with the curse and gain control over it or quickly pass it to an enemy of hers.

    Next item: Chesspieces of Impudence

    After 2 minutes of being used in a game or activity, the chesspieces cease being inanimate and decide they don't want to take part in it. They insult whoever is around, run away, and when cornered, attack whoever is nearby even though they aren't very strong or quick.

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    Chesspieces of impudence
    Adds an extra challenge to a game of speed chess - you have to finish the game before the pieces turn on you. Can also be used for a dungeon puzzle, where "capture the opponent's king" becomes literal. Ideally setting up a golem or undead minion to play against the adventurers and then obstruct their capture attempt while the runaway king leads them into a trap or two.

    Cloak of Oak
    This cloak allows the wearer as a full round action to transform into a tree. The effect wears off one year later, and cannot voluntarily be reversed earlier. While in this form, the wearer cannot see, hear, or take any actions, because they're a tree.
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    Cloak of Oak
    Use it as a druidic version of cryogenic freezing, to allow the user to pass time while not suffering from other effects. The user could travel a year into the future with little time passing from their perspective since they are a tree. They could wait for a cure or cleric that can cure a disease or ailment that they have to come, because they will not have this ailment while they are a tree.



    Sword of Reincarnation

    A sword that when used to kill a creature, the creature is revived after 24 hours, appearing in the spot they died
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    While I suspect it was originally used for staged executions, nowadays it's used for bare-blade martial training where the possibility of a lethal accident cannot otherwise be fully guarded against.


    Stone of Legacies
    This polished black rock of roughly two hundred pounds, when commanded to "speak", will recite a list of every person that has ever touched it, in chronological order by first touch.
    The gnomes once had many mines, but now they have gnome ore.

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    I see two potential uses for a Stone of Legacies.
    1. It's a way to at least preserve a family tree. Every new generation of the family touches the stone, thus adding their names to the recitation.
    2. Could be a way to weed out impostors, if they're traveling under a false name or impersonating someone in particular.

    Displacer Coin - this otherwise normal gold coin is enchanted with a displacement effect similar to that of a Displacer Beast.
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    A good way to confuse any would-be pickpockets trying to steal your gold.

    Brooch of Fright:A piece of jewelry that randomly screams at ear-splitting volumes once every 1d100 minutes.
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    Put it in a sealed bank vault with whatever other valuables you want to store there. If anyone breaks in, it will help to trace them.

    Scabby scabbard
    Any sword placed in this comes out crusted in an illusion of old dried blood.

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    Scabby scabbard
    Any sword placed in this comes out crusted in an illusion of old dried blood.
    Your want to look like a badass and brutal killer? You don't want to ruin your sword by storing it bloody? THIS is the item for you!

    Sleeping Bag of Holding
    It's really, really (and I mean really ) hard to get up after a night in this sleeping bag.
    In order to keep the sleeper from getting up, it will cast sleep and entanglement.
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    All the discussion of how weird the half-hour start is seems weirdly prescient, in retrospect.
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    Can I use my prediction of the half an hour being used to set up Factional chats as proof I am the Seer?
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    only IRL, not as in game proof, as we all know that recruitment threads don't count for making IG decisions

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    You don't have to watch out for prisoners escaping and random nightly encounters at the same time when on guard duty.

    Girdle of Masculinity/Masculinity: this girdle, when worn, keeps you exactly as masculine as you were before putting it on. It has no effect on femininity.

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    It completes the outfit though.

    The ring of un-bearing pain, when worn - does not cause you any pain, but rather removes pain from nearby bears, which makes them confused and angry.
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    It wasn't that easy. Supagoof's just that good.
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    This is LLD, which, I shouldn't have to tell you, will not bow to your math because it was DESIGNED to ruin it!
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    Supagoof has won the game and withdrawn. He was Epic

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    Druids use the ring to enable bears to get themselves out of natural hazards like thickets or climbed too high on a tree. Since they don't they feel pain and are angry the bears ferociously move themselves free from harm.

    Key To Nothing
    This magical key will never open any lock.
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    "Welcome to Dungeons and Dragons fifth edition, where the DCs are made up and the rules don't matter."

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