AWAKENED CRANE CLAN TAMESHI-GUSOKU

A reward in my Oriental Adventures campaign.  Posted here for my PCs to reference. I am using the nemuranai tag for OA magic items since in Japanese Mythology magic items are not forged or made (this is seen as disrespectful to the indwelling spirit).  Instead the items awaken through various processes – spontaneously, or through powerful magic.

Inspired by Legend of Five Rings.

AWAKENED CRANE CLAN TAMESHI-GUSOKU

Armor (o-yoroi), legendary (nemuranai, honorable, requires attunement)

Omen: When struck in combat the armor gives off a low gong that inspires allies and unsettles enemies. When the Crane’s Protection feature is triggered a loud high-pitched gong sounds with visible waves of sound emitting from the armor outwards 10 feet until they fade away.

The tameshi-gusoku’s design is based on the great armor but formed from much smaller metal plates. Furthermore, each plate has been folded unto itself over a million times, and the metal has been infused with trace amounts of jade, protecting its wearer from Taint. A tameshi-gusoku is the rarest of armours. It is believed that no smith alive today can craft a true tameshi-gusoku, and there are only a few left in existence, all owned by noble families that treasure it as highly as the most pristine blade.

The base AC of this armor is 18, has a 17 Strength requirement to use and imposes disadvantage on stealth checks. As a nemuranai item, the tameshi-gusoku improves as you gain levels:

  • +2
    • Crane’s Blessing. You gain proficiency in Iaijutsu and Persuasion skills (the crane clan formalized the art of iaijutsu and are known for being skilled courtiers and diplomats). You have advantage on saving throws vs gaining Taint.
  • +3
    • Crane’s Protection. When critically hit in combat one of the following traits triggers randomly:
      • 1-3: The armor casts mass cure wounds as a free action centered on you.
      • 4-5: The armor casts global cooling as a free action centered on you (treat it as a fireball that does cold damage only to hostile creatures).
      • 6: The armor summons an avatar of Kami Doji the founder of the Crane Clan. This avatar appears as a Large size crane (use the statistics of a young silver dragon). The avatar is friendly to the wearer of the armor and remains for 1 minute or until dismissed.

Crane’s Protection may also be triggered by consuming a spirit emblem. If the attuned character is considered dishonorable by the armor these affects still trigger but to the detriment of the wearer (DM’s discretion).

 


NEMURANAI

Nemuranai were man made items of exceptional quality that had had their kami awakened, either through the skill used in creating them or through their association with great deeds. These items can usually only be attuned or used by a single person. They grow in power as the hero who owns it also grows in fame, honour and power.

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