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Equipment of Lorwyn and Shadowmoor in D&D, Part 1

Visiting another of my favourite planes in search of inspiration, here’s my take on some of Lorwyn and Shadowmoor’s equipment cards as D&D items:

Blight Sickle
Weapon (sickle) - Uncommon
A character damaged by this weapon reduces their maximum hit points by the amount of damage suffered, until they next take a long rest.

I used lowering the maximum hit points in the same manner as -1/-1 counters lowering a creature’s stats, in that it damages as normal in combat but if they try to heal, their hit points remain reduced.


Cloak and Dagger
Weapon (dagger) and Wondrous Item - Uncommon - (Requires Attunement - Does not require attunement for Rogues)
This item consists of an enchanted cloak and dagger, which share a combined enchantment and can not be used separately. These items together grant advantage on stealth rolls and attack rolls made against targets that are surprised. 

This is the first of the tribal equipment cards I designed as D&D items. These are conveniently class-tribal, so they can be easily aligned with D&D classes. To represent the free-equip ability, I decided that some classes not needing to attune would be the ideal solution. One core part of putting this together was making it clear that the items are essentially “one item in two pieces.” The effect of the item is one that benefits Rogues especially, but functions for other classes, making this work similarly to the card as a Rogue-tribal equipment that can still be used by non-rogue creatures.


Obsidian Battle-Axe
Weapon (battleaxe) - Uncommon - (Requires Attunement - Does not require attunement for Barbarians)
When moving, you can move up to an additional number of feet equal to half your movement speed towards an enemy of your choice that you can see or hear. You must end this move closer to the enemy than you started. 

This item’s movement extension is based on the Aggressive ability. Like the Cloak and Dagger, it grants a general advantage, but is more specifically helpful to Barbarians, as it allows an option for the wielder to get to make sure they can attack a target in their turn, allowing them to prolong their Rage ability. 


Runed Stalactite
Weapon (club) - Rare (Requires attunement)
A character attuned to this item counts as all types of creature (Aberration, Beast, Celestial, Construct, Dragon, Elemental, Fey, Fiend, Giant, all types of Humanoid, Monstrosity, Ooze, Plant, and Undead). A creature that interacts with a character attuned to this item considers them to be a character of the same creature type as them, and is not hostile towards them unless provoked.

For this item’s design, I wanted it to reflect the idea of the changeling, specifically to the effect that it the wielder is never seen as a threat. This reflects the mythology that serves as a basis for this item, that a changeling is uncanny, but not so much so that they would be considered as an alien and threatening creature.


Veteran’s Armaments
Weapon (longsword) and Armour (breastplate) - Uncommon (Requires Attunement - Does not require attunement for Fighters)
This item consists of an enchanted sword and suit of armour, which share a combined enchantment and can not be used separately.
When attacking with this item, you may double your proficiency bonus for attacks made with this weapon if you have an ally within 5 feet and the ally isn’t incapacitated, or if your the creature you are attacking has an ally within 5 feet and the ally isn’t incapacitated.

The bonus this item grants  (or rather these items grant) is one designed again to work especially well for Fighters, but still be an effective boon for other classes. For a character proficient in Martial Melee weapons, this item is certainly useful, but not all characters of other classes will gain this benefit. On the other hand, all fighters will always be proficient with this item. In addition, the ability relying on you or your enemy having an ally serves to mirror the card’s bonus being based on the number of attacking creatures.


Sorry again for a later post than usual, this weekend I’m actually at the convention I mentioned in my previous post! I have found some fantastic vintage sourcebooks which I’ll be using for inspiration in my own designs, including the introductory box for Planescape, and a first edition AD&D Player’s Handbook and Monster Manual!
Also, I met one of my followers! Sadly I didn’t catch the fellow’s username, but I’d just like to add to this post a little thank you for the kind words about the blog!

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FIRST ‘CLOAK AND DAGGER’ TRAILER IS HERE!

The show will air on freeform in 2018!

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OMG MY WEE BABIES

LOOK HOW TINY AND FRAGILE THEY ARE

ORIGIN STORY NOW INCLUDES TYRONE SAVING TANDY WHEN THEY WERE EVEN MORE WEE

10/10 FEELING NOSTALGIC AF

Cloak and Dagger: a guide for people who do not know them

So I have seen people who watched the trailer and say to themselves, “I don’t know anything about them, but…” And I am like, “well let me tell you.”

Cloak, Tyrone Johnson, and Dagger, Tandy Bowen, were just typical teens. Well they were runaway teens who were fleeing from trouble in their life. Tyrone was fleeing from the cops because he is a black man in 1980s America. And Tandy was fleeing from a sexually abusive home.

And then someone took them in any gave them super powered experimental heroine and then bam, they are the physical embodiment of a Rorschach painting. Okay I’ll let them elaborate.

So they gained their powers which has the unfortunate, but also true implication that drugs give you super powers. Yeah.

Sure, I’ll take your word for it. 

Okay, so they were experimented on by a Doctor Simon Marshall who created Mr. Negative, a Chinese Smuggler, who was distributing the drug that created Cloak and Dagger. Anyways, the duo were not the most forgiving of vigilantes at the start.

They were angry pissed off teens. At first, in their debut, Spider-man was fervently against them. And then he learned of their tragic origin, and let’s say he was bought in.

Jesus, 1970s comics were so corny.

The above probably won’t be pertinent to the show because they are most likely dropping the drug origins because Disney is a bunch of punks.

Anyways, Cloak has the power to bring the void or the Darkforce which allows him to consume people into a place that absorbs any source of light from people’s bodies. He can also teleport and shit.

His power has a huge drawback which forces him to hunger and want to consume as much light as possible. He also can’yt wear normal clothes outside the titular “cloak.” He is pretty much a void. So dude is a walking Eldrich Abomination.

Dagger has the power to create light daggers and produce light as pictured above. She has a large supply of light that allows Cloak to feed without this comic turning into a Stephen King novel.

Of course, her power has drawbacks too.

So they need each other to survive from being monsters.

Now you would think that light and darkness and people of the opposite sex would be in some sort of relationship since they literally are all they know and only depend on each other, but nope. I mean I have seen hetero couples become items off of pure unadulterated bullshit and be spontaneously fucking and shit on a whim, but two characters that have been around one another and slept, non-sexually, with each other have not ever been an item in their 30 year history. 

Until Bendis decided to indulge his interracial pairing kick and made the two lovers in the Ultimate Universe.

While I am at it, I might as well do an Ultimate Universe interpretation of the duop because I suspect they are borrowing from that adaptation as well.

Cloak and Dagger were just typical teens who were School Presidents at their respective schools. They met each other at a fast food joint, went to prom, and then got into an accident.

They were declared dead in the accident and their comatose bodies were abducted by Roxxon after Roxxon lied to their parents saying that they died in a hospital accident.

Why is Mr. Sinister, Layla Miller, Dr. Zola, and Dr. Samual Sterns involved? These are Ultimate Universe things.

Anyways, they wake up.

D’aaaaawwwwww

Okay, it is shame that Netflix is not picking up the series because…could you imagine the sex?

No really, it is not like typical super human rough sex that Twilight likes to imagine as great sex. I am talking about truly aesthetically pleasing sex. Not great as in the actual intercourse, but like a firework show in a black hole kind of thing. Like a Jackson Pollock Painting.

I can’t be the only one. I mean having these two get together and depicting the intercourse would be immaculate. 

It would be beautiful.

Oh, don’t act like I am the only one who thought about this? No don’t you look at me like that, motherfucker. I am not alone. Don’t kinkshame me.