Super Saddles

February 17th, 2016

Joshua Zaback

Magic Market Archive

                Everyone knows a horse needs a saddle, shoes, and bit and bridle before it’s fully suited up and ready for show. Well, why not outfit your horse with some magical accoutrements? If you’re worried there aren’t enough cool items for your horse, that’s understandable; there are a whole lot of awesome horseshoes to choose from, but what about saddles? There’s a small handful, but none that are really all that exciting… until now! Enjoy these four new saddles.


DRAGON SCALE SADDLE                           PRICE 102,000 gp
Slot none; CL 17th; Weight 15 lbs.
Aura strong varied

                This exceptional saddle is crafted from the scales of 7 dragons of differing types, and is enhanced with silken cushions and silver and gold chains. The saddle is extremely comfortable and smells strongly and simultaneously of brimstone, smoke, ozone, and mercury.
                This saddle provides the mount with 5 points of energy resistance against acid, cold, fire, and electricity damage. Additionally, when seated in this saddle, the rider can speak a command word in order to transform his mount into a mighty dragon for 10 minutes. The mount is affected as though by the spell form of the dragon III, except that the transfigured creature gains a +4 morale bonus to attack and damage rolls and 100 temporary hit points while transformed.

Construction Requirements       Cost 51,000 gp

Craft Wondrous Item, form of the dragon III, greater heroism


SADDLE OF STABILITY                                        PRICE 500 gp
Slot none; CL 1st; Weight 20 lbs.
Aura faint abjuration

                These handcrafted saddles are usually made of light colored leather and feature extensive, if somewhat homely, tooling. Despite its somewhat cheeky appearance, these magic saddles possess a useful enchantment that makes them banned in most professional jousts.
                Once seated, these magic saddles make it nearly impossible for the rider to become unseated. The rider cannot fall out of his saddle, even if he falls unconscious or is victim to an outside influence. The saddle’s magic only functions so long as the mount still lives. The subtle magic of the saddle makes it somewhat more difficult to get in and out of the saddle, though, as its magic tries to keep the rider in place. Because of this the rider, suffers a -4 penalty on Ride checks made to make a fast mount or dismount.

Construction Requirements       Cost 250 gp

Craft Wondrous Item, creator must have at least 1 rank in Ride.


Slot none; CL 3rd; Weight 10 lbs.
Aura faint evocation

                This lovely black leather saddle is tooled with gold and silver scrollwork in a pseudo-Elven script. While the majority of the scrollwork is just beautifully crafted but meaningless designs, a single section near the pommel grip contains the owner’s name in particularly bright gold.
                Each of these saddles is tied to a specific owner by a special ritual which requires 1 full minute of contact with the saddle’s pommel grip. Once bound to a specific owner, the saddle the saddle will not allow anyone else to sit in it. If anyone other than the bonded owner attempts to sit in the saddle, the saddle throws that creature 10 feet into the air and 10 feet in a random direction, and the thrown creature suffers 2d6 points of damage upon landing and is knocked prone. If the creature is thrown into an obstacle, its movement is stopped short, causing him to land in the nearest adjacent square to the obstacle instead. If the thrown creature hits another creature, both creatures suffer the fall damage.

Construction Requirements       Cost 1,250 gp

Craft Wondrous Item, gust of wind


SADDLE OF THE GHOST RIDER                     PRICE 7,200 gp
Slot none; CL 3rd; Weight 10 lbs.
Aura faint illusion

                This strange saddle appears to be made of clear glass, though it is extremely durable and exceedingly comfortable for the rider. Very close inspection reveals simple runes inlaid upon the saddle indicating an illusion aura.
                When seated in this saddle, the rider can speak a command word up to three times a day in order to render both himself and any equipment the mount is wearing completely invisible, as the spell invisibility, except that the effect lasts only so long as the mount moves at least 20 feet each round, and for 1d4 rounds thereafter.

Construction Requirements       Cost 3,600 gp

Craft Wondrous Item, invisibility