The Horn of Rathanos:
This is a 2 ft-long horn, of the type used by hornblowers in castles to announce the beginning of a tournament or some other event. It is made of an unknown metal, similar to bronze, but with a blood-red colouring. Three glyphs are stamped into the metal, halfway down its length, and roughly an inch apart. These resemble no language known on Mystara, and cannot be understood even with Read Languages or Read Magic spells. The Horn is always warm to the touch. Its origins are unknown; the Horn's name derives from its powers, rather than any link with the fiery Immortal.
The Horn functions as a normal musical instrument when played, although the player must have some skill in its use or the sound is horrendous. If the player touches his fingers to all three glyphs and blows through the mouthpiece, the Horn fires a small Fireball from the other end, which explodes either on contact or upon reaching the maximum range of 75', causing 2d6 damage to all within 10' radius (save for half damage). the Horn may be used in this manner three times a day.
An ancient device, the Horn of Rathanos was last seen in the hands of the Flaemish Wizard Olifar Emoris in the Summer of 964 AC, who used it to drive a band of Ethengar herdsmen away from his camp on the Glantrian border. Olifar was reported killed less than 6 months later; the Horn has not been seen since.
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Harian's Recorder of Dancing:
This item, made by the instrument-maker Harian Fermish of Darokin City, appears to be a simple wooden recorder of the type used by street-entertainers. Harian, secretly the Guild Master of the Silk Shoe Thieves' Guild, designed it to trigger confusion in crowds, making the task of pickpocketing easier for his Thieves.
The Recorder of Dancing is cunningly designed to hold a single small dart inside. When a secret catch is released, the musician may use the Recorder as a blowpipe, firing the dart at any target within about 15' (normal "to hit" roll applies). Although the Recorder is not magical, the darts are, having been soaked in Tarantella venom which is magically treated to preserve many of its properties. Anyone struck by one of these darts must make a Saving Throw vs. Death or begin to dance, spasmodically and uncontrollably, for 2d6 + 5 rounds. Unlike normal Tarantella bites, those viewing the dancer are not forced to begin dancing themselves, but pickpockets taking advantage of the commotion do get a 15% bonus to their Pick Pockets success roll against rapt onlookers. The unfortunate victim of the dart collapses in exhaustion once the effect ends, and must rest for 1d4 hours to recover their strength. Until then, they can only move at one quarter of their normal speed, and suffer a penalty of -2 to hit and damage rolls when fighting. The Recorder takes a round to reload, since the darts must be handled with care.
Harian has made at least two dozen Recorders, and has started a lucrative sideline selling them to Guilds in other cities for a hefty profit. He keeps a hired Wizard to enchant the darts, using captive Tarantella spiders who are regularly "milked" of venom, and sells them in packages of 20 at an even higher rate - the Recorders are only musical instruments without the darts,
after all. Harian will not reveal the secret of the enchantment process at any price.
There are several ways the PCs could get their hands on a Recorder of Dancing; PC Thieves might be sent to buy, or otherwise acquire, Recorders and darts from Harian, or to find out the secret of the dart's manufacture; Clerics could be sent by their Church to help with the "dancing disorder" that plagues Darokin City; or Harian, struggling to maintain supply, might hire the Adventurers (through a false company) to acquire additional quantities of Tarantella venom, either from suppliers, or from the beasts themselves....
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This lute is made of pale beechwood from the Callarii Forests and inlaid with delicate traceries of mother-of-pearl. Created for the Elven Minstrel Ymarien, its soft and delicate tone perfectly complements her sweet, gentle voice.
Ymarien's Lute is magically "programmed" to cause certain spell effects when the requisite songs are played. It can hold a maximum of 6 different spell-codes at any time. The current selection is as follows:
- Fisherman's Wake: This is a jolly sea shanty. When played on a ship, or near the shore, it attracts upto 3d6 HD of fish within 360' of the Lute towards it. Such fish will even beach themselves, or leap onto the deck of the ship, to reach the source of the music. The musician cannot specify what creatures are called, and may potentially summon a monster species. By modulating the tune to minor chords, the musician can reverse the effect, driving the sealife away as if affected by a Fear spell. Both versions of the tune last for 1 Turn.
- The Contemplative Lover: This is a quiet ballad. If the musician gazes into a still pool of water (either natural or artificial) while playing this air, and pictures a specific person, the image of that person's current location will appear. This image is visible to anyone looking in the pool, although it is oriented towards the musician. The effect is similar to that created by a Crystal Ball, and does not include sound, although someone skilled at reading lips might be able to understand the gist of any conversation. The person viewed must be someone the musician knows fairly well (or at least met and conversed with on three separate occasions). If the individual, or their location, is warded against detection, the effect will fail; similarly, if the scrying pool is disturbed, the effect is broken. Otherwise, the tune's power lasts for 1 Turn.
- Light a Penny Candle: This is simple, repetitive nursery song. When played, it conjures a small glowing ball of soft yellow light before the musician, equivalent in brilliance to a Light spell. The ball may be moved by the musician's will to any spot within 10' of her location. The effect lasts for as long as the tune is played, upto a limit of 3 Turns; if the musician stops playing, the light blinks out. Playing this tune to provide light in a "dungeon delve" is unwise, as it negates chances for surprise by the Party.
Each tune may be played no more than once per week, with magical effect. Additional spell-codes can be implanted by any Bard who knows the Metamagic spell Songs of Life (see below), although once the full complement has been reached, existing tunes must be erased before new ones can be entered.
Additional instruments bearing this enchantment could be found anywhere that Bards are
known; such an item is made from expensive materials, and must be crafted by a master
instrument-maker. Pre-existing instruments of sufficient quality may be enchanted, but
most Bards prefer to work with a new instrument made to their specifications.
The Lute was created by the Eusdrian Bard Sigurd, as a token of affection for Ymarien.
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