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Activating magical items

Magic items are a staple of any fantasy genre game or story, plus others genres as well. From the humble potion, to the mighty god-slaying sword. But something that crops up time and time again is how to actually¬†use the item you have found. Some, like potions, are obvious; open bottle and drink. But what about others? Today, I’ll be suggesting some other ways magic items can be activated or even deactivated, which is useful for cursed items or those that give off a signature that can be tracked or followed.

  1. Activation on correct use РThe item powers up when used correctly, such as a crown being used to coronate a king or a sword to kill. This prevents someone from turning on the items power by just holding the item or passing it to another...
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Easthalen #9 – Artefacts of Power in Easthalen

Magic has existed for quite a while in Easthalen, but before the barrier was erected it was seen, at best as a fun tool and at worst as a dangerous power to be messing around with. Artefacts with an arcane origin where few and far between.

This changed quite dramatically after the population became trapped behind the Great Barrier. The first few years after the GB was raised saw a flood of magical items and artefacts into the world, as new-found magic-users experimented. Many of these experiments failed and the Arcane Protectors had their work cut out for them. Eventually, as the rules and laws of magic use came into effect, the decision had to be made to what to do with the vast number of powerful,
yet highly unstable artefacts. Several solutions were offered including:

  • Destruction by vo...
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Easthalen #7 – Arcane Protectors

It has been mentioned before that magic in Easthalen is dangerous. All can use it, but only a few know how to suppress the side effects when casting. These are the wizards and sorcerers of the world. But sometimes others find themselves in situations where they need to use the ambient magic in an emergency or they simply don’t care. The side effects , although centered on the “caster” can sometimes be very destructive and resistant to standard methods of control – Fires ignore water poured on them, acid burns longer and harder etc.

So how do you deal with these forces that have run wild through misuse or accident? The Arcane Protectors are the magical equivalent of paramedic, firefighter and police. They deal with the fallout...

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Easthalen #3 – The nature of magic and it’s use

This week Easthalen article is about the nature of magic in the world and the dangers of using it.

Now in a world like Easthalen, magic is a very real and powerful force used by a chosen few. Why don’t more people use it you ask?

The main number #1 reason why more people don’t use it is a bit of a paradox. In Easthalen, EVERYONE, can use magic. Well, every adult at least.
So why doesn’t everyone use it in everyday life? The main reason is that whilst everyone can use magic, it is incredibly dangerous to do so. A real world equivalent would be like using a dangerous gun without any safety lock. It’s a simple enough principle, but only those with the proper training
can use magic without triggering the side effects that magic use has...

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Random List – 20 Chaos effects

Need some choas effects for when magic goes a bit…odd? Roll a d20 and check below to see what you get!

  1. 1d10 stones drop on the casters head. Within each stone is a gem worth 1d100x10 gold
  2. All nonliving wood within 1 mile turns to high quality steel
  3. An iron golem appears, shaped like the caster and stands in the middle of the nearest town
  4. Any potions within 50 feet turn into haluciogens and posions into healing potions
  5. At the next town the caster enters, bottles filled with dubious liquids are thrown at the caster by invisible beings
  6. Caster eyes glow bright red whenever they cause damage in combat
  7. Caster face takes on appearanace of a rat
  8. Caster finds double enterdres and smut in every conversation they have , even if it not there, for the next week
  9. Caster inherits a artifact from a long l...
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