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Bone Mask of Life (Relic)

posted Thursday, February 28th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

This relic, fierce as it appears, is actually a holy artifact made from the skull of the first aasimar to become a king on the material plane. The mask, with horns coming out of the front, covers the top half of the wearer’s face except for the eyes and nose. It attaches securely to the wearer’s face, resizing to fit anyone with a head of general humanoid form, up to a maximum of Large size.

While wearing the mask, its fearsome visage confers a +2 competence bonus to all Intimidate checks, but the wearer suffers a -2 penalty to Diplomacy checks. The fierce soul of the bone mask increases the wearer’s level by one for the purposes of turning (but not rebuking) undead, and grants the wearer a +1 divine bonus to saves versus any the special abilities or spells of any undead.

The bone mask of life takes up the same “magic item slot� on the body as goggles or eyeglasses.

Faint necromancy; CL 7th; Price 30,000 gp; Weight: 1lb.

Bravestone (Relic)

posted Thursday, March 13th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Several thousand people attended the funeral of Saint Wesseth, a fierce holy warrior and an equally valiant diplomat. This unparalleled respect for the hero did not carry forth into future generations, and soon his resting place became a mere novelty for travelers to gawk at as they passed. Worse still, these passers-by would often stop at the grave, not to pay their respects to the hero, but to chisel off a shard of his gravestone to be worn on an amulet as a cheap souvenir. Eventually, not even a piece of his gravestone remained, and his shrine was forgotten.

Although taken with ill-respected, these pieces of stone still have meaning when worn by the faithful. If blessed by a cleric and dipped in holy water, a single Bravestone lends any faithful wearer some of the courage of Saint Wesseth, conferring them with a +4 bonus on saves versus fear.

Faint transmutation; CL 4th; Price 4,000gp; Weight: 1lb.

Demon’s Horde Bracers

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

Human spellcasters are not the only creatures able to craft magical items. While most powerful demons choose to specialize in combat, a few work from behind the scenes, honing their magical abilities instead and churning out powerful magic items for their demonic hordes. The Demon’s Horde Bracers are once such item.

Worn as a set, each bracer is crafted from black steel and inlaid with black onyx in strange, abyssal patterns. They afford their wearer a +3 armor bonus, similar to bracers of armor +3. Additionally, one of each pairs of bracers is inset with three large runes, which when activated affects the wearer as if the spell had been cast on them. Each rune may be activated once per day, and activating one is a standard action.

First rune: Dimension Door (720ft range, self and two medium creatures or one large creature)
Second rune: Greater Invisibility (Improved Invisibility) (self only, duration 8 rounds)
Third rune: Divine Favor (+2 luck bonus to attack and damage for one minute)

The bracers, however, have a limitation. While any wearer can use the first rune, the second and third runes may only be used by a demon of the type specified upon the item’s creation. Furthermore, the item does not resize to fit its wearer. Each rune glows an eerie red when if its wearer can use it and its charge has not been used for the day.

Faint evocation, faint evil; CL 8th; Craft Wondrous Item, dimension door, divine favor, greater invisibility, resistance; Price: 47,880gp; Weight: 1lb.

Drake’s Helmet (Relic)

posted Thursday, March 27th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Lord Barrack, a hero of legend in ancient feudal times, crafted this helmet from the first dragon he slew at the age of fifteen. Later that year, Barrack wrested control of his treacherous uncle’s armies and lands, and by the age of twenty-two he had conquered half of the country. He is said to have worn this helmet into a hundred battles, and never lost once.

Drake’s Helmet is made from the head of a red dragon, such that the wearer’s face appears to peer from the dragon’s open jaws. The head extends at the back to a long dragonhide cloak with the claws forming the epaulets.

Once per day while engaged in battle, the wearer may call upon the spirit of the slain dragon by making a roar or shout that causes all enemies within 30 feet to believe for a moment that he is a ferocious dragon. They become panicked and flee unless they succeed at a Will save (DC 15 + Cha modifier). This is a supernatural, mind-affecting effect.

The helmet is reputed to hold Lord Barrack’s indomitable spirit, and grants a +4 resistance bonus to all saves, increasing to +8 versus fear effects. If the wearer has the Leadership feat, then the prestige of owning the helmet increases his Leadership score by 1. However, for the purposes of how many magic items a person may wear, this powerful relic takes up both the “helmetâ€? and the “cloakâ€? slot.

Moderate enchantment; CL 14th; Price 42,000gp; Weight 3 lbs.

Dwarven Beard Rings (novelty)

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

It’s widely known that dwarven men value their beards highly, and take any damage to their beards very seriously. It is for this reason that certain enemies of the dwarves have occasionally use traps or magic to cut, burn or otherwise damage a dwarf’s prized facial hair. Though magic item creators are rare in dwarven society, a small group of clerics was formed to deal with this problem. Dwarven beard rings were their solution.

A simple piece of magically enhanced jewellery, a Dwarven beard ring provides magical protection against beard-related injury. Any attack made specifically against the wearer’s beard has a -2 penalty to hit and damage. Any spell cast on the beard allows the dwarf a +2 bonus to the saving throw. If the beard is set on fire, the flames are automatically extinguished within one round. The beard ring provides absolutely no protection against attacks or magic which do not specifically target the wearer’s beard.

Up to three Dwarven beard rings can be worn at any one time, and the bonuses stack.

Faint transmutation; CL 3rd; Craft Wondrous Item, resistance; Price: 50gp; Weight: —.

Eldritch Guitar

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

Highly prized by wealthy musicians, the Eldritch Guitar was first created by a generous wizard as a gift to an adventuring party. This six-stringed instrument is extremely beautiful and well crafted, and its potential to create beautiful music is unsurpassed by any nonmagical instrument. It can be played by someone proficient in any stringed instrument.

Perform checks made with the Eldritch Guitar are granted a +8 circumstance bonus, provided that the player has at least five ranks in Perform (any stringed instrument). If the owner has at least 10 ranks in the Perform skill with a stringed instrument, this circumstance bonus rises to +10. In addition, a bard who has specialised in the instrument in this manner can play it to inspire his thoughts once per day, granting him a +4 circumstance bonus to any Knowledge skill check or Bardic Knowledge check.

Faint transmutation; CL 5th; Craft Wondrous Item, enthrall or major image; Price: 10,000gp; Weight: 3 lb.

Frozen Hellwater (Relic)

posted Thursday, April 10th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Trapped for centuries inside a glacier, the powerful water genie Zannaber plotted his revenge on the world until vile powers colluded to free him in the form of a chilling creature of dark ice. Rampaging across the world, he was eventually stopped by knights of a god of burning vengeance, whereupon his body was cut into a hundred pieces, melted down, stored in jars and scattered across the world to prevent him from returning.

One jar of this Frozen Hellwater can be used as a powerful grenade-like weapon, similar to alchemist’s fire or holy water. When a full jar of water touches a creature, it takes 5d6 cold damage and must make a successful Fortitude save (DC 20) or be permanently frozen over with rime. A frozen creature is unconscious and thus cannot take any actions (not even mental ones). A break enchantment, heal, miracle or wish is required to restore the creature to normal.

Any amount of water removed from the jar immediately freezes within one round, and the remaining water in the jar loses its ability to freeze victims solid. Frozen Hellwater gives off an evil aura when detect evil is used.

Moderate transmutation; CL 11th; Price 3,300gp; Weight 1 lbs.

Halo of Umberlee’s Emissary

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

A powerful magic item created by an even more powerful cleric of Umberlee, the Halo of Umberlee’s Emissary appears as a crown made of coral and the skeletons of small underwater creatures. It hovers slightly above the wearer’s head, granting them a +5 competence bonus to all Bluff, Diplomacy and Intimidate checks.

Moderate enchantment; CL 10th; Craft Wondrous Item, enthrall or wieldskill, creator must be a cleric of Umberlee; Price: 10,000gp; Weight: 1 lb.

This item was created by my former DM, Conor Murphy.

Hammer of Great Smithing

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

Used by the the dwarven prince Aramil to create many weapons for his adventuring party, the Hammer of Great Smithing has been magically enhanced to assist its owner’s weapon and armor smithing. It grants a +5 competence bonus to Craft checks when used to create and repair items made of metal or stone. (Aramil notes that it’s best used in the hands of a skilled dwarven smith.)

Faint transmutation; CL 6th; Craft Wondrous Item, make whole; Price: 6,000gp; Weight: 2 lb.

Heart of Fire (Relic)

posted Thursday, April 17th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

The mysterious elven fire sorcerer Gil-Lachel was said to be so perfectly in tune with the Elemental Plane of Fire that it was as if he was a creature of pure flame – a fire conjurer like no other. On the night of his death he tore open a rift to a distant outer plane and stepped through, and personally slew over three hundred powerful outsiders before he was consumed by his own fire – nobody knows why, or what the creatures were. The only part of Gil-Lachel that survived was a fragment of his fiery spirit that hid itself inside one of his many Ioun Stones.

The heart of fire is a unique Ioun Stone that appears as a yellow, flaming prism that burns only non-spellcasters who touch it. (It is said that Gil-Lachel’s amazing power and knowledge still burns within the stone.) It increases the effective caster level of all spells with the Fire descriptor by 2, and grants a +6 bonus to Knowledge (the planes) and Knowledge (arcana). The stone can absorb fire just as easily as it can raise it, and once per day the owner can either cast quench as a 10th level druid, or automatically Empower, as per the metamagic feat, any one spell with the Fire descriptor without increasing the spell’s level or casting time.

Strong evocation; CL 19th; Price 79,000gp.

Helm of King Aramil

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This dwarven helmet is crafted from mithral and is surrounded by a simple gold circlet. When worn, it grants the wearer the ability to detect evil at will, as per the paladin’s ability. Additionally, it grants the wearer a +2 enhancement bonus to both Dexterity and Constitution, and gives a +1 competence bonus to all attack rolls, damage and saves.

Faint transmutation; CL 6th; Craft Wondrous Item, detect evil, cat’s grace, endurance; Price: 36,000gp; Weight: 3 lb.

Ioun Stone Complete Guide

posted Friday, September 19th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Fourth EditionGame MaterialMagic Items & GearOther SystemsThird EditionWondrous Items

In researching an article for Kobold Quarterly #6 I discovered that there are a lot more ioun stones in D&D history than the sixteen appearing in the third edition Dungeon Master’s Guide or the single lonely example in D&D 4th edition’s list. Of particular interest is an article in Dragon magazine #174 which describes the ioun stones’ origin on the positive energy plane, and Larloch’s entry in Lords of Darkness defining several new stones.

I’ve compiled a list of every ioun stone I can find, dating from AD&D right up to the 4th edition Adventurer’s Vault. There are a whopping 154 stones on this list, including sixteen of my own invention and the rest from canon D&D sources. With a little work you should be able to make reasonable conversions for whichever edition of the game you choose to play.

  • Amber sphere: “of Divine Knowledge”; Acts as holy symbol, grants insight into an opponent, grants bonus to Insight, Religion and Intelligence checks (4E, Adventurer’s Vault 2)
  • Amber spindle: +1 resistance bonus on all saving throws, stacks up to +5 (Pathfinder, Rise of the Runelords #6: Spires of Xin-Shalast)
  • Anhedral: +1 to AC, as bless spell (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Any: “Singing Ioun Stone”, disguised as any other ioun stone, cursed to fill user’s mind with music and disrupt concentration (4E, Dragon Magazine #311)
  • Balian’s yellow: +1 to a random ability score each day (AD&D, Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Black and white ellipsoid: Provides mind blank effect against scrying (3E, Dragon magazine #319)
  • Black pyritohedron: Energy drain from creature or magic item; unique ioun stone (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174)
  • Black spindle: Darkvision and see through mist (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Black star: Absorbs 62HP of fire damage (AD&D, Dragon Annual #2)
  • Blood red orthorhomboid: Transmutes 10ft of minerals into energy; unique ioun stone (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174)
  • Blue green spindle: Bestows airy water in a 10′ radius sphere at will (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Brass lozenge: Gain 2d4+2 HP once per day on command, 2d10 charges (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Bright silver cylinder: User and 200lbs. of possessions can go ethereal for one hour, 2d10 charges (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II), as cloak of etherealness, double duration (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Bright white rectangle: +1 to saves vs acid (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Brilliant green bipyramidal: Infuses target with energy, dealing damage and heating metal; unique ioun stone (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174)
  • Brown rhomboid: User and 200lbs. of possessions can assume gaseous form for one hour, 2d10 charges (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Brown sphere: Discerns the direction of north (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Cephaloid: Obscure alignment within 20 feet (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Cerulean blue rhomboid: Bestows free action on user, as per the magical ring (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II), as cloak of etherealness (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Clear crystal: “of Adaption”; Sustains creature without food or water, resist environmental temperatures, stop ongoing damage (4E, Manual of the Planes)
  • Clear interconnected spheres: User becomes insubstantial; unique ioun stone (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174)
  • Clear pink sphere: “Spirit storage”; if user is killed in combat, his spirit is transferred to the ioun stone and can be restored with a restoration spell (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Clear prism: Store 2d6 spell levels (AD&D, Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Clear sphere: Grants 5% magic resistance (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Clear spindle: Sustains creature without food or water (3E, DMG)
  • Clear teardrop: Use detect undead at will (Ghostwalk Campaign Setting)
  • Copper rectangle: Allows user to read magic at will (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Crimson sphere: +2 enhancement bonus to Intelligence, stacks up to +6 (Pathfinder, Rise of the Runelords #6: Spires of Xin-Shalast)
  • Cube: +1 to Dexterity (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Cylinder: +1 to saving throws vs acid (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Dark blue rhomboid: “of True Sight”; darkvision, +6 to Perception and Insight, 1/day see invisible (4E PHB)
  • Dark blue rhomboid: Alertness (as the feat) (3E, DMG)
  • Dark green ellipsoid: +5 luck bonus to AC (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Dark orange dodecahedron: Spell resistance 21 (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Dark purple pyramid: as ring of wizardry IV (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Dark purple triangle: as ring of wizardry III (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Dark red cube: as medallion of thoughts (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Decahedron: Sustain user without water (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Decipton: Shed continual light on command (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Deep black sphere: See in magical darkness, 30′ range (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Deep purple prism: Grants 60′ infravision or doubles existing infravision range (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Deep red sphere: +2 enhancement bonus to Dexterity (3E, DMG)
  • Deep red sphere: Add +1 to Strength (AD&D, Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Dendroid: Adds one level of ability, not cumulative (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Dodecahedron: +1 to Constitution (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Dull gray: Provides 1 power point. then disintegrates (3E, Expanded Psionics Handbook)
  • Dull orange rhomboid: as brooch of shielding (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Dusty rose prism, Larloch’s: +5 deflection bonus to AC (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Dusty rose prism: +1 insight bonus to AC (3E, DMG)
  • Echinid: User can detect magic (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Ellipsoid: +1 to saving throws vs poison gas (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Emerald ellipsoid: 5 bonus hit points, multiple stones stack (Pathfinder, Rise of the Runelords #6: Spires of Xin-Shalast)
  • Enneid: +1 to Charisma (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Euhedral: Has the power of two ioun stones (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Flaming yellow prism: “Heart of fire”, +2 caster level for fire spells, +6 bonus to Knowledge (the planes) and Knowledge (arcana), 1/day cast Quench or empower a fire spell (3E, 17 Relics)
  • Flawed clear spindle: Cursed clear spindle (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Flickering white snowflake: +1 to saves vs cold (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Frosty white octahedron: Contains 1-4 wishes; unique ioun stone (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174)
  • Glowing rose prism: +5 insight bonus to AC (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Gold ellipsoid: User and 200lbs. of possessions can go astral for one hour, 2d10 charges (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Golden ellpisoid: Intelligent stone, provides extra attacks (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Golden sphere: Distracts viewers from your disguise (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Green sphere: +1 to saving throws vs gas attacks (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Hectoid: +1 to Strength (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Helicid: User can turn gaseous for one hour (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Heptahedron: +1 to saving throws vs electricity (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Heptid: Brings dying creature back to one hit point; stone turns to dust when used (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Hexagonoid: Hums softly when poison is within 20 feet (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Incandescent blue sphere, Larloch’s: +6 bonus to Wisdom (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Incandescent blue sphere: +1 level to spell ability (AD&D, Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Incandescent blue sphere: +2 enhancement bonus to Wisdom (3E, DMG)
  • Indigo blue trapezohedron: Emits fossilization pulse affecting living beings within 30 feet; unique ioun stone (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174)
  • Ioun Eye: Grants 360 degree vision (AD&D, Dragon magazine #267)
  • Ioun’s Flame: Bonus to Will and knowledge checks, shed light (4E, Adventurer’s Vault 2)
  • Iridescent spindle: Sustains creature without air (3E, DMG)
  • Jet black unspecified: Low-light vision, light sources reduced by half, improve critical range on one target, use stone as spying device, can’t knock opponents unconscious (4E, Open Grave)
  • Lavender and green ellipsoid: Absorbs spells of 8th level or lower (3E, DMG)
  • Light blue prism: User can understand all spoken languages (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Lime green prism: Ignore the effects of heat and ice (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Lozenge: +1 to saving throws vs charm spells (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Marble sphere: Protects other ioun stones from damage (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Maroon star: User can only be harmed by magical weapons and spells (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Monoclinoid: Disables infravision within 20 feet (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Mottled gray sphere: as ring of counterspells (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Nephroid: Grants 5% magic resistance (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Ochre spindle: Grants 360 degree vision (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Octahedron: Protects owner with continual mind blank spell (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Onyx rhomboid: +2 enhancement bonus to Constitution, stacks up to +6 (Pathfinder, Rise of the Runelords #6: Spires of Xin-Shalast)
  • Orange cube: Grants resistance to mind-affecting spells as if user had a Wisdom of 20 (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Orange prism: +1 caster level (3E, DMG)
  • Orthorhomboid: +1 to Intelligence (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Ovoid: Allows water walking for one hour per day (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Pale aquamarine prism: “of Steadfastness”; fear immunity (4E, Adventurer’s Vault)
  • Pale blue rhomboid: +2 enhancement bonus to Strength (3E, DMG)
  • Pale green lozenge: Bestows nondetection (AD&D, Dragon Annual #2)
  • Pale green prism, Larloch’s: +5 competence bonus on attack rolls, saves and checks (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Pale green prism: +1 competence bonus on attack rolls, saves, skill checks and ability checks (3E, DMG)
  • Pale lavender ellipsoid: Absorbs spells of 4th level of lower (3E, DMG)
  • Pale turquoise: Double carrying capacity (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Pale white sphere: Recall three 9th-level spells, as pearl of power (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Pale yellow prism: Glows like a sunrod (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Pearlized brown ellipsoid: as boots of speed, free action to activate (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Pearly black spindle: Undead regenerate 1hp/hour (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Pearly white prism: Repairs 1 point of damage per turn (AD&D, Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Pearly white spindle: Regenerate 1 point of damage per hour (3E, DMG)
  • Pebble: Use invisibility to undead once per day (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Peg: Provides a bonus ot 10 arcs, wings or songs to spellcaster (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Pentahedron: Free action once per day for one hour (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Pink and green ellipsoid: Absorb spells of up to 4th level (AD&D, Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Pink and green sphere: +2 enhancement bonus to Charisma (3E, DMG)
  • Pink ellipsoid: Adds +1 to Constitution (AD&D, Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Pink rhomboid: +2 enhancement bonus to Constitution (3E, DMG)
  • Prism: User can see in magical darkness (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Puce cube: Bestows ESP at will; user can scan surface thoughts of one person per round within range of 30′ (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Pulsing red star: +1 to saves vs fire (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Pure white octahedron: +1 bonus to Charisma vs beings of the same race (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Pyramid: Regenerate one hit point every four hours (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Rainbow crystal: Provide 5 power points (3E, Expanded Psionics Handbook)
  • Rainbow ellipsoid: User can levitate at will (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Rainbow spindle: User and 200lbs. of possessions can polymorph self for one hour, 2d10 charges (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Rectangle: +1 to saving throws vs poison (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Red ellipsoid: “of Regeneration”; regeneration 10 while bloodied 1/day (4E, Adventurer’s Vault)
  • Red sphere: Bestows protection from fire (AD&D, Dragon Annual #2)
  • Rhomboid: Absorb 10 points of damage; turns to dust when used (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Rich green star: as +5 stone of good luck (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Rod: User can comprehend language as the spell (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Round: Continual Read Magic (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Scarlet and blue sphere, Larloch’s: +6 bonus to Intelligence (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Scarlet and blue sphere: +2 enhancement bonus to Intelligence (3E, DMG/AD&D, Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Septahedron: Strength spell once per day for one hour (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Sexahedron: User can teleport; stone turns to dust when used (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Shining black spiral: as helm of teleportation (3E, Lords of Darkness)
  • Silver ellipsoid: +5 to saves vs Necromancy (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Silver rod: +1 to saves vs electricity (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Silver sphere: Negates rear-attack bonuses (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Silvery mirror cube: +1 bonus to saves vs petrification gaze attacks (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Sky blue sphere: Delay elemental damage (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Slate blue prism: Bonus smite attempt, turn attempt or 2nd level divine spell (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Soft black rectangle: Protection against level-draining attacks, 2d10 charges (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Sphere: +1 to saving throws vs petrification (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Spindle: Use invisibility to animals once per day (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Star: Use light once per day (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Stelloid: Sustain user without food (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Tan ellipsoid: Identify spells and magic (3E, Kobold Quarterly #6)
  • Tetrapton: +1 to saving throws vs cold (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Tile: Projcets antimagic shell around user; stone turns to dust when used (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Tredyhedron: +1 to Wisdom (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Triclinid: +1 to saving throws vs fire (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Tubule: Grants infravision with a range of 60 feet (AD&D, Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana)
  • Unspecified rhomboid: “of Sustenance”; require no food, water or air, and require half normal rest (4E, Adventurer’s Vault)
  • Vibrant purple prism: Stores three levels of spells, as a ring of spell storing, minor (3E, DMG)
  • White and pink rhomboid: “of Perfect Language”; understand all spoken languages, +5 to Charisma-based skills (4E, Adventurer’s Vault)
  • Yellow sphere: Sheds continual light on command (AD&D, Dragon magazine #174/Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II)
  • Yellow spindle: +1 on saves vs petrification (AD&D, Dragon Annual #2)

Sources: Dungeon Master’s Guide v3.5, Dragon magazines #174, #267, #319 and #331, Player’s Handbook 4E, Encyclopedia Magica Vol. II, 17 Relics (The Le Press), Lords of Darkness, Kobold Quarterly #6, Expanded Psionics Handbook, Adventurer’s Vault, Ghostwalk Campaign Setting, Open Grave, Pathfinder: Spires of Xin-Shalast, Dragon Annual #2, and Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana). Leave a comment and let me know if you find any other ioun stones.

Other publications

Ioun stones also appear in the following, which I haven’t seen yet:

  • Seekers of Secrets: A Guide to the Pathfinder Society (Paizo Publishing)
  • The True Arcane Story: Ioun Stones (Louis Porter, Jr. Design)
  • Spells & Spellcraft (Fantasy Flight Games)

Updates

  • 15 June 2009: Added clear teardrop (Ghostwalk), jet black ioun stone (Open Grave), unspecified rhombus (Adventurer’s Vault), crimson sphere, emerald ellipsoid, onyx rhomboid, amber spindle (Pathfinder, Rise of the Runelords #6: Spires of Xin-Shalast).
  • 05 October 2009: Added clear crystal (4E Manual of the Planes), Ioun’s Flame (4E Adventurer’s Vault 2). Removed duplicate entry for “Rhomboid” (see “unspecified rhomboid”.
  • 13th December 2009: Added amber sphere (Adventurer’s Vault 2), black and white ellipsoid (Dragon magazine #319). Added list of other publications.
  • 10th February 2010: Added red sphere, pale green lozenge, black star, and yellow spindle (Dragon Annual #2). (Thanks Matthew Hargenrader!)
  • 26 February 2010: Added ioun eye (Dragon magazine #267). Thanks again to Mathew Hargenrader.
  • 10th March 2010: Added singing ioun stone (Dragon magazine #331). Thanks again to Mathew Hargenrader.
  • 13th May 2010: Added anhedral, cephaloid, cube, cylinder, decahedron, decipton, dendroid, dodecahedron, echinid, ellipsoid, enneid, euhedral, hectoid, helicid, heptahedron, heptid, hexagonoid, lozenge, monoclinoid, nephroid, octahedron, orthorhomboid, ovoid, pebble, peg, pentahedron, prism, pyramid, rectangle, rhomboid, rod, round, septahedron, sexahedron, sphere, spindle, star, stelloid, tetrapton, tile, tredyhedron, triclinid, and tubule ioun stones (Netheril: Encyclopedia Arcana). Thanks to Dale.
  • 24th May 2010: Added indigo blue trapezohedron, frosty white octahedron, blood red orthorhomboid, black pyritohedron, brilliant green bipyramidal, and clear interconnected spheres ioun stones (Dragon magazine #174). Somehow I missed these the first time around.

Lucky Underwear (Relic)

posted Thursday, May 1st 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Junnobel the Flighty was a traveling dilettante who made an incredible fortune as an adventurer by risking his life against unbeatable odds. When asked what his secret was, he jokingly replied, “I’m always wearing my lucky underpants!â€? That night, thieves replaced his underwear with an identical pair, and the next afternoon he tripped and fell from the top of a tower, dying on impact.

The otherwise mundane pair of underwear, it seemed, was a lucky charm after all. The player of a character wearing a pair of lucky underwear may, once per day, immediately choose to re-roll any die roll she just made. She must re-roll it after seeing the die roll, but before seeing the results – for example, if she rolls a natural 1 to save versus an unknown spell, she must choose whether or not to re-roll it before seeing the spell’s effect.

Moderate enchantment; CL 10th; Price 25,000gp

Menlo’s Magic Hat

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

The stereotypical image of a wizard is an old man in a robe and pointed hat, and Menlo the Great (self-titled) is no exception. However, his is no ordinary wizard’s hat.

his cheesily named headwear grants its wearer a +6 enhancement bonus to its wearer’s intelligence score, and has the ability to store objects similar to Heward’s Handy Haversack. Menlo’s Magic Hat can hold up to 80lbs in weight, with a capacity of eight cubic feet. Additionally, the hat’s bearer can automatically draw any item stored in it as a move-equivalent action without having to search or fumble for it. This makes it invaluable both for conveniently storing gear and magic items, as well as hiding all sorts of objects.

For the wizard on a tight budget, Menlo’s Magic Shop also sells economy version of Menlo’s Magic Hat which provide a more modest +4 or +2 bonus to the wearer’s intelligence score.

Faint transmutation; CL 5th; Craft Wondrous Item, fox’s cunning, Leomund’s secret chest; Price: 40,000gp (+6 bonus), 20,000gp (+4 bonus), 8,000gp (+2 bonus).

Pilgrim’s Hood (Relic)

posted Thursday, May 8th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

This simple-looking peasants robe looks and feels mundane, appearing non-magical even to detect magic. To look at it, few people would know that it was several centuries old. The Pilgrim’s Hood was the sole possession of Saint Taren of Rynwold, a pious king who eschewed his material wealth and traveled his kingdom anonymously, helping those in need. Some faithful villages still believe that Saint Taren walks among them unnoticed in times of strife, and parents in parts of the land commonly name their sons after this honorable figure.

The wearer of the Pilgrim’s Hood is divinely sustained without the need to eat or drink as long as he prays for ten minutes each morning and night. In addition, he begins to take on some of the mantle of the robe’s original kind-hearted owner. Spot checks to recognize his identity take a -4 circumstance penalty, and he gains a +4 competence bonus to Diplomacy checks. Like Saint Taren, they no longer fear journeying in hostile weather, and ignore the effects of both extreme hot and cold weather.

Faint transmutation; CL 5th; Price 6,000gp; Weight 1lbs.

Revenge for the Drop (Relic)

posted Thursday, May 15th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

An unusually tall halfling by the name of Perrick was hanged by the long drop for the murder of a nobleman. When by luck a wandering priest offered to raise the nobleman from the dead, it was discovered that the nobleman was not murdered but had committed suicide – Perrick was innocent! The Priest attempted to resurrect Perrick, but was unable. The superstitious priest, fearing a curse of revenge, ordered the hangman’s rope and platform burned to ashes, but the noose itself mysteriously refused to burn. It was buried underneath the ground and forgotten, and only the vengeful ghost of Perrick knows where it was hidden.

Revenge for the drop is a slightly charred hangman’s noose, with the end of the rope burned off. When worn around a person’s neck similarly to an amulet, the wearer feels an unusual sense of power from the noose, an emotion of quiet anger.

Three times per day as a standard action, the wearer may unleash Perrick’s revenge on an opponent. A noose appears around the opponent’s neck and springs to life, making a grapple check with a bonus equal to the wearer’s base attack bonus plus his Charisma modifier. If successful, it manages to lift its victim three feet off the ground, strangling it for one minute (ten rounds), or until the strangled creature escapes from the grapple or the noose is cut. A strangled creature takes 1d6 damage each round, including the round that the rope initiates the grapple, in addition to suffering the usual consequences of both being grappled and of choking. A creature can only be grappled by one rope at a time.

Faint necromancy; CL 4th; Price 7,000gp; Weight: 1lb.

Sharkeye’s Stove (Relic)

posted Thursday, June 5th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Legend has it that a rich sea pirate by the name of Sharkeye gave up the seaman’s life to settle down and marry a woman he met on shore. When a particularly clumsy and dimwitted servant had burned his breakfast for the third time that month, he became enraged, ordering the man to sit upon the stove until he had gained some sense.

Amazingly, the man discovered himself feeling altogether cleverer and more eloquent through some unexplained magic of the stove. When word of this magic stove got out, the servant secretly auctioned off the stove at a high price. Unfortunately, he failed to realize the item’s only flaw, and found himself losing his intellect and charm the very next day.

Sharkeye’s Stove amazingly enlightens all who sit upon it, providing a permanent +2 inherent bonus to both Intelligence and Charisma when it is sat on for at least 10 minutes. However, if someone else later sits upon the Stove, the previous person immediately loses these benefits.

Strong evocation; CL 17th; Price 110,000gp; Weight 5 lb.

Sneaking Suit

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

Thieves and assassins alike know the benefits of wearing dark, well-fitted clothes and soft-soled shoes to make sneaking around easier. Even so, only the most legendary rogues can afford this magically enhanced outfit. The wearer of a Sneaking Suit finds himself almost completely invisible to normal sight and his movements inaudiable even to himself.

An ingenious camouflage system causes the wearer to appear seemingly transparent, granting him an amazing +20 competence bonus to Hide checks. The limitation that a character cannot hide while being observed still applies, since it is still possible for onlookers to notice movement. In addition, the suit muffles all sound made by the wearer, bestowing a +20 competence bonus on Move Silently checks.

The Sneaking Suit takes up the robe slot on the wearer’s body. As a standard action, one or both of the suit’s functions may be activated or deactivated.

Faint transmutation; CL 5th; Craft Wondrous Item, invisibility, silence; Price: 100,000gp; Weight: 1 lb.

Taren’s Boots (Relic)

posted Thursday, June 12th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Taren’s Boots
“Taren the Never-Dyingâ€?, a human adventurer, earned his nickname by managing to die no less than seven times during his adventuring career. When he eventually decided that life was too dangerous and that eternity in Valhalla was much preferable, his comrades were baffled to cast true resurrection only to retrieve nothing but his empty boots. The next man who stepped into Taren’s boots suddenly found himself skilled in the only thing Taren did well – fleeing!

Whoever wears Taren’s Boots finds that his footwear extends his stride as if he is in a hurry to get out of danger, increasing his base speed by 20ft. However, if the wearer knowingly attempts to move into a creature’s threatened area, the boots take huff and lose all power in the next round. The original owner of the boots met death so often that it’s said that Death himself feels nostalgia at seeing them, so they grant the wearer a +5 resistance bonus to saves versus death effects. Taren’s Boots are also nicknamed Coward’s Boots.

Faint transmutation; CL 5th; Price 24,000gp; Weight 1 lb.

Tomes of the Sage

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

These heavy leatherbound encyclopaedias of magic know more ancient and obscure lore than their thousands of pages actually hold. To use one, the reader must first ask a question aloud and open the book, which takes a full-round action. The book grants a +5 competence bonus to the reader’s Knowledge (arcana) check to answer this question, as on a successful check the book magically opens at the correct “page”.

If the check is successful, the page can be bookmarked for later perusal. If unsucessful, however, the book simply does not know the answer to this question and opens at a random page on some other topic. The book cannot answer a failed question even if asked by another person, or if the reader tries to ask a different question to learn the same piece of knowledge.

As the name suggests, each Tome is actually one in a series of four books. If the reader consults two differently-numbered books the bonus granted increases to +7. If three different books are consulted, the bonus increases to +8, and if all four are consulted it increases to +10. The process takes one round per book checked. As with a normal Knowledge skill check, however, retries are not possible – if the reader consults each Tome seperately it can only increase the bonus to the original roll as described above, not allow multiple attempts at the roll.

Variations on this book are known to exist which contain different sorts of knowledge, such as the Tomes of Planar Lore and Encyclopaedias of Engineering. These books should not be confused with the powerful ability score increasing items such as Tome of Clear Thought or Tome of Understanding.

Faint divination; CL 5th; Craft Wondrous Item, identify, creator must have at least 8 ranks in Knowledge (arcana); Price: 2,500gp; Weight: 10 lb.

Weave Summons Gauntlet (Relic)

posted Thursday, June 19th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

This unusual glove is woven together from the fur of a yeth hound, the quills of a howler, the hair of an angel, quartz from an elder earth elemental, the silk of a fiendish spider, the feathers of a celestial raven and the hide of an ethereal marauder. The Weave Summons Gauntlet was all that remained of Neko-Ali the Summoner when she was disintegrated in a mage-duel.

The wearer of the glove can metaphysically grasp the spirit of an extraplanar creature, reducing the casting time of any summon monster or summon nature’s ally spell to a standard action. Furthermore, when bargaining with a called creature such as in a planar binding or planar ally, the wearer’s control over all extraplanar creatures grants him a +2 morale bonus on the Charisma and Diplomacy checks.

Moderate conjuration; CL 13th; Price 29,000gp