Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Most Unnecessary Magic Item

DUST OF APPEARANCE



Gold value: 1800 gp

Function: Reveals invisible monsters and visual illusions in a 10 foot radius.


5 POUND BAG OF FLOUR



Gold value: $2.50

Function: Reveals invisible monsters and visual illusions in a 10 foot radius. Also, biscuits. Pancakes.

CONCLUSION

Don't breathe in the dust of appearance because it must get you high as nuts.

8 comments:

  1. Well, it depends on how invisibility works: if it makes everything on your body invisible, flour turns invisible too.

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  2. Yes, invisible flour footprints in that layer of flour you just covered the floor with.

    Oh, don't forget the use of flour to blow stuff up (more or less). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flour_bomb

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  3. Hah! I like the idea that you're actually supposed to snort the Dust of Appearance and it makes you see things that aren't there but used to be/could be/ or whatever.

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  4. I was picturing this:

    "All right citizen, empty your pockets. What's this? A bag of dust?"

    "Yeah ..."

    "We saw you pay that shop owner 1800 gold pieces for it!"

    "Uh, yeah, it's a magic item."

    "What does it do?"

    "Uh ...."

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  5. Another absurdity for me was the dwarf's ability to detect sloping corridors. Just drink some water and have a pee.

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    1. Or bring a few glass marbles, if you don't feel like marking your trail.

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    2. Hold it, lads! My dwarf sense tingles... yes...... This corridor....

      What, rootbeard, what?!

      It's sloping! This corridor is definitely at an angle!

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    3. I seem to remember in the old comic Yamara the dwarves would sometimes raise money by performing a 'magic trick' in which they would make a ball roll around on a plank of wood - because dwarves are the only creatures able to perceive the wood tilting.

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