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Flute of the forest (new magic item)

December 9, 2013

Here’s a magic item suitable for D&D-style games or maybe even Faerie Wood.

Flute of the forest

Not a flute as such, this woodwind instrument resembles a recorder with a flared end. It was created by sylvan elves to protect and minister to the trees of the forest. Playing it has two effects. Firstly, it drives out afflictions (disease, unwanted tenants, etc. – but not dryads) from any tree within 10 yards. Secondly, if there are any treants within three miles (determined by the Referee), 1-2 are summoned by the sound of the flute, arriving in 1d12 turns. Treants summoned in this way will most likely be favourably disposed (+2 on reaction rolls) but they are not bound to the flute-player’s will, nor will they act counter to their alignment or their role as stewards of the woodland.

The flute may be played three times per day, for up to a turn at a time. For reasons that remain obscure, it is sometimes known as an “ent whistle”.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2013 3:02 pm

    I’ve met several people called Entwistle, and always find it slightly amusing.

    For Faerie Wood, you’d need to add a comedy element, I think. Ability to play a particular musical instrument is a skill, so maybe you’d find that unskilled efforts would cause treelings to react badly, stuffing moss in their ears and turning up to tell you to keep it down.

    (Yes, ents have ears.)

    • December 12, 2013 12:29 am

      I like it!

      The flute actually appeared in a D&D adventure I wrote a while back. Elsewhere there was a demon-possessed tree that would attack people with its branches. I think the idea came from a time long ago when I went almost three days without sleep and I started hallucinating and thought the trees in my street were lashing out at me.

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