Winter is Coming: Magical Top Hat

This post is part of the Winter is Coming blog carnival. For the rest of the carnival participants, check the link at the end of the article.

For this installment of our contributions to the Winter is Coming Blog Carnival, I’ve got a brand new magic item that I’m very excited about.  The idea for this item came from American winter lore.  In the tradition of the Figurines of Wondrous Power, I give you… a silk top hat.

This may seem a little silly, and in a way it is.  It may not fit in everyone’s campaign, but if your group is the type to embrace and laugh at something like this, go for it.  If they raise their eyebrows and frown for ruining their suspension of disbelief, maybe this isn’t for your campaign.  On the other hand, why couldn’t this American legend be rooted in some sort of mythic reality?  And maybe your PCs have found the very first one…

“There must have been some magic in that
Old silk hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around…
So he said, “Let’s run and
We’ll have some fun
Now before I melt away.”
Down to the village,
With a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there all
Around the square saying,
Catch me if you can.”

The Silken Hat is a Figurine of Wondrous Power, and as such will follow the general rules presented for all figurines on page 180 of the Adventurer’s Vault.  You may also notice that the Silken Hat stat block mentions “enchanted coal” and a “corncob pipe.”  I debated presenting stat blocks for these two items as well, but decided against it. I assumed that a DM could simply drop them as a later quest reward without further explanation, since they (in my mind) wouldn’t serve any other purpose but to enhance the power of the hat.

Tomorrow, for the final installment of our Winter is Coming offerings, I’ll be presenting a full-on Snow Golem to pound your players with.  Hey, Snowmen are not to be messed with.

You can catch all the other articles by various bloggers here.

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4 Responses to Winter is Coming: Magical Top Hat

  1. BrianLiberge says:

    This fantastic. Well done!

    • Benoit says:

      Thanks. I tried to balance the “Oh, I get what that is, ha ha” factor with a magic item that someone would actually want.

  2. David says:

    Love it! The only thing I question is the stats for Frosty… at level 7 it only has 20 HP? And it only does 1d8+5 damage? That seems really low even for a level 1 brute.

    • Benoit says:

      Yes, if you look at the stats for the other figurines of wondrous power in the Adventurer’s Vault, you’ll see that the summoned creature comes in with not many hit points, and not too much of an attack. Keep in mind, however, that directing one of the summoned creatures to attack is only a minor action. So, you could direct “Frosty” to attack on your turn, and still be able to make your own standard action attack.

      In other words, he’s not meant to be statted out as a monster that you’d throw at the party. He’s a magic item.

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