[New Magic Item] Birdhouse Staff

Birdhouse Staff

Knat ran through the dark pines, laughing as the goblins followed her, cursing and growling. The druidess turned and cast a spell upon the ground behind her which turned the earth into a sticky tar with a dozen or more clawing arms reaching skyward. She then turned back around and ran for the cliff. A trio of crude arrows flew towards her but missed, flying off the cliff and into the dark forest below.

With a smile and a wink to the struggling goblins the druidess struck the ground with her new staff. Moments later a humungous owl appeared in the moonlight and landed next to her. Climbing onto the owl’s back she urged the titanic bird skyward as the goblins began to break free from the tarry trap.

This tall oaken staff has a small, stout birdhouse on its top, making it look a little different than a normal staff in the hands of a druid or priest/priestess of a nature deity. Fairly rare, some woodmen carve these staffs to be enchanted by druids or elf wizards as special gifts for outstanding service to Nature.

Benefit: The Birdhouse Staff has many unique powers. Twice per day the staff may summon 1d4 small birds (sparrows or finches) that will carry a message for the owner of the staff. Once per day the staff can summon a hawk, eagle or owl from the spirit realm to protect the wielder of the staff [Spirit Bird of Prey (1) [AL N, MV 180” (60”), AC 4, HD 2+2, #AT 1, DG 1d6 (claw or beak), SV F3, ML 12]. Once per week the staff can summon a giant eagle or owl (with maximum HD) that will serve as a protector and/or mount for the bearer of the staff.

Usable by: Druids and clerics of nature deities.

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4 Responses to [New Magic Item] Birdhouse Staff

  1. That a neat item, interesting, not over powered and with its own flavor. I like it.

    Like a lot of you items its also easy to change the flavor text, call it a staff of birds or make it a feather staff (a kind of polearm) for a a different taste.

    Kudos as always.

    • bat says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I went to sleep with an image of a birdhouse on a staff and it seemed like a great idea at the time, I think that your ideas for an item name are much better, but that is the whole idea, take these things and run with them.

  2. Irolldice says:

    This reminds me of a PC idea I never really had a chance to run with. A wizard with a bat familiar and a crooked staff that it would sleep on/hangibg from. Same image would work well for a spider familiar, too.

    • bat says:

      Good idea! These posts are meant to be altered for your game for the most fun. Any creature symbolized on a staff could be easily used in the way. I am sure that Valance would love a spider staff.

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