Crawling with Savings

August 16th, 2017

Josh Zaback

Magic Market Archive

Insects are pretty much everywhere, hiding under every rock and in every crevice. Whether you’re indifferent to bugs, thinking them beneath you, terrified of their tiny squirmy forms, or fascinated by their interesting features, I wanted to have a new magic item to represent the wide array of opinions held on vermin. So whether you love vermin or hate them, we have something for you.


RING OF INSECT FORM                            PRICE 60,000 gp
Slot ring; CL 9th; Weight
Aura moderate transmutation

These golden bands feature a jeweled and stylized insect set in a place of prominence upon the ring. When worn, biting and stinging insects tend to avoid the wearer, unless provoked.

The wearer of this ring can transform himself into a vermin, as with the spell vermin shape II, at will. Additionally, once each day, the wearer of this ring can transform himself into a life-sized fly, reducing his size to Fine, imposing a –12 penalty to Strength and Constitution, and granting a +8 bonus to Dexterity (instead of the normal bonuses and penalties from vermin shape II). While in fly form, he cannot attack and cannot cast spells, unless he has the Natural Spell feat, or a similar ability. He can maintain this transformation for up to 1 hour each day.

Finally, the wearer of this ring can also assume the form of a monumental insect. Once each day, he can assume the form of a Colossal vermin. This functions as with vermin shape II, except that whatever form he assumes, his size increases to Colossal, granting him a +8 size bonus to Strength and Constitution, and imposing a –8 size penalty to Dexterity (instead of the normal bonuses and penalties from vermin shape II). This effect can only be maintained for 1 minute, after which time the ring’s wearer resumes his normal size and shape.

Construction Requirements                                   Cost 30,000 gp

Forge Ring, vermin shape II


SCARAB OF SWARMS                                PRICE 5,000 gp
Slot neck; CL 3rd; Weight 1 lb.
Aura faint conjuration

Like others of its kind, this magical pendant resembles a jeweled beetle, and can be worn as a broach or upon a chain. Close examination reveals that the stones on this scarab are actually comprised of hundreds of thousands of tiny glass beads.

The wearer of one of these pendants is always aware of the presence of vermin swarms within 100 feet of her and is magically protected against them. Any swarm comprised of vermin ignores the wearer, swarming around her and effectively rendering her immune to the swarm attacks of swarms comprised of vermin (the amulet offers no protection against swarms comprised of animals). Additionally, the wearer of the pendant can shatter it in order to summon forth a swarm of spiders, as with the spell summon swarm, except that the swarm obeys the commands of whoever broke the amulet.

Construction Requirements                                   Cost 2,500 gp

Craft Wondrous Item, summon swarm


SWORD OF THE SPIDER                            PRICE 15,315 gp
Slot none; CL 3rd; Weight 4 lbs.
Aura faint conjuration

These artful scimitars are made from the finest polished steel and feature exotic mother of pearl inlays on the blade in spider web-like patterns. Small insects such as gnats and mosquitoes who land on the blade are instantly slain.

A sword of the spider always functions as a +1 vermin bane scimitar, and glows with an ebon radiance when a vermin of Small size or larger or a swarm of vermin is within 30 feet of the wielder. Additionally, whenever a critical hit is confirmed with a sword of the spider, webs wrap the target, causing it to be entangled for 1d6 rounds. Vermin entangled in this way suffer 1 point of Constitution damage each round it remains entangled.

None of a sword of the spider’s unique abilities count as an enhancement bonus equivalent, and it is treated as a +2 weapon for the purposes of the cost of further improving its magical abilities.

Construction Requirements                                   Cost 7,815 gp

Craft Magical Arms and Armor, web