Amazing Adventurer's Gear

March 26th, 2015

Joshua Zaback

Magic Market Archive

                We round out this week with a fine selection of new magical gear; not weapons or one-off disposable spells, but the good common tools and devices that every adventurer needs to be successful. While it might be a little difficult to believe in a world where the trade on magical weapons is so lucrative, a handful of wizards have been cooking up magical items for everyday use in order to enrich the lives of honest, hardworking adventurers. So go ahead and replace that ratty old bedroll and tarnished signal whistle with some shiny new magic versions.


BOULDER FORM BEDROLL                      PRICE 11,000 gp

Slot none; CL 15th; Weight 1 lb.
Aura strong transmutation

               This magical bedroll comes in a variety of earthen and stone hues, with granite gray and clay brown being the most common. A minor part of its magic causes the bedroll to comfortably resize to provide a pleasant and snug fit for anyone who climbs in. In addition to functioning as an ordinary bedroll, any creature who is wrapped in the boulder form bedroll can speak a command word in order to transform into a common stone of his size for 8 hours. While transformed in this way the user gains hardness 8. This ability can be used at will; however, once activated, the user remains in the form of a rock unless special circumstances cause him to revert to his normal form. While transformed in this way, the user appears in all ways as a normal stone of his size, although he radiates a magical aura with a strength equal to this item’s strength. As long as he is transformed in this way, the user’s worn and held items merge into his rock form in a fashion similar to a spell of the polymorph subschool.

                The user retains his ordinary senses while in rock form and may interact with the world in a limited fashion. The user is treated as being unable to move or take physical actions, in a fashion similar to a petrified creature, though he may take purely mental actions, including communicating via telepathy. Though the user cannot speak while in this form, he may cast spells or use spell-like abilities, provided they do not have verbal, somatic, or material components. Though the user cannot move by himself, he can be picked up and moved by another creature. The user can also choose to sleep while in rock form, gaining the normal benefits of rest for the time spent asleep in this way. While sleeping in this fashion, he suffers a -20 penalty on Perception checks, instead of the usual -10 penalty. A creature in rock from cannot be the target of a coup de grace action, even while sleeping, and spells and effects which specifically affect sleeping creatures, such as nightmare, have no effect on a creature sleeping in rock form, unless they also work on objects.

                The transformation created by a boulder form bedroll can be dispelled with dispel magic and similar effects (typically with a dispel check of DC 26). It is also dispelled if the user suffers at least 20 points of damage (this damage need not be dealt all at once, but must be dealt within the same 8-hour period), or if the user spends a full-round action to end the effect. If forced out of rock form in this way, the boulder form bedroll ceases to function as anything other than an ordinary bedroll for 8 hours while its magic recharges.

Construction Requirements       Cost 5,500 gp

Craft Wondrous Item, polymorph any object


LINKED PACK                  PRICE 5,050 gp

Slot none; CL 9th; Weight 10 lb.
Aura moderate conjuration

                These backpacks always come in color-coded pairs and bear fanciful, if purposeless, runes and marks on the straps. The two bags have a dimensional link which functions even across planar boundaries, allowing items from one pack to be transferred to the other by speaking aloud the item to be transported and a command word (a rough description of the item is sufficient for this magic to function if the name of the item is not known). The item in the first backpack vanishes from it and instantly appears in the second backpack. While the packs do function across planar boundaries, any magic which blocks teleportation, extradimensional travel, or planar travel causes the packs to cease functioning. Organic matter can be transported in this way; however, doing so is risky, and each time a living organic compound is transferred through the packs, there is a 10% chance that it is instead plane shifted to a random location. When this happens, the backpack’s holder or user becomes aware of the plane shift effect and which plane the organic substance ended up on.

Construction Requirements       Cost 2,525 gp

Craft Wondrous Item, secret chest


SILENT SIGNAL WHISTLE                          PRICE 5,800 gp

Slot none; CL 7th; Weight 1 lb.
Aura moderate conjuration

                This simple bronze signal whistle makes no sound when blown, unless the whistle is rubbed in a specific pattern which activates its magic. A silent signal whistle does not normally function as a regular signal whistle; instead, once each day the whistle can be rubbed for 1 full round, during which time the whistle’s user may whisper the names of up to 10 creatures in order to attune the whistle’s sound to them. For as long as the whistle remains attuned to those creatures, only they can hear the sound of the whistle when blown.

                As a standard action, the whistle can be rubbed in such a way to allow it function as a regular signal whistle for 1 round. Finally, as a full-round action, the user of the whistle can choose to expend its magic in order to allow all willing creatures within 680 feet to be transported to the user’s location, appearing in an adjacent square as though transported by the spell dimension door. Using the whistle in this way renders it powerless for 1d4 days, although, curiously, during this time the whistle makes sound and functions as an ordinary signal whistle.

Construction Requirements       Cost 2,900 gp

Craft Wondrous Item, dimension door, silence