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I’ve played this game in several different forums, and I can think of no better and creative group of people than here to have brainstorming fun.

Rules: Respond to the person above by describing the secret magic of the mundane item they name. Use general terms: no game design or mechanics needed. Then name a mundane item for the next poster to describe.

For example, if there were a poster above me that said, “a tin bucket”, I might reply with:
The Drum of Innocence: This tin bucket may be turned upside-down and used as drum. When played, the drummer can command one soldier to do anything except fight.” Then I would offer the next item.

Be creative! Have fun! (Tip: Keep it short so you don’t get ninja’d)

First Item: A salt shaker.
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Powder of dreams. Sprinkle on a sleeping person to erase the nightmare they are having. Be careful you might erase something else if it's not a nightmare they are having.

A copper mug.
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The mug of mixing. When more than one liquid is placed in the mug and either command work spoken by the holder, it mixes them thoroughly together in about twenty seconds. The command words are:

stirred. This causes the liquids to form a miniature whirlpool until they streak together into a homogenous whole.

shaken. This causes the mug to vibrate heartily splashing liquid all about and drenching the holder. What little liquid remains in the mug is perfectly uniformly mixed.

If by mischance, both command words are spoken the mug glows red hot forcing the holder to drop it. It then shatters into small pieces irrevocably breaking itself and spilling the contents. The context of the words is not relevant (shaken not stirred will invoke this effect).


A mouldy leather sporran.
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McTavish's Sporran of the Silver Bawbee.

This ancient old leather purse is closed by a single strap and is worn outside of the kilt at the front.

When found there is a 50% chance of a single silver coin being in the sporran, worth exactly the value of a night's accommodation and meal at the next hotel on the trail.

If any other items are placed in the sporran, a random single item will change into the silver bawbee within an hour.

A brown paper cone.
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The Wellycone

This magical cone has multiple properties, activated by the command word of the cone color.
Brown - Cone returns to its normal state.
Red – Radiates heat like a small camp fire. Will cook food left under the cone. Does not ignite anything.
Yellow – immediate area becomes slippery and covered in a thin layer of water. Water disappears as soon as the cone is lifted.
Blue – Radiates cold. Will freeze items left under the cone.
Green – produces random nuts and edible seeds beneath the cone once lifted.
Orange – creates an impassable invisible wall 5’wide by 10’ tall. Wall disappears once the cone is lifted.
Purple – Produced a fragrant bouquet of flowers. Flowers stay fresh as long as they remain in the cone.
No other color commands have an effect.

next item: a wooden clothespin
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Clothespin of Ceras
Brightly painted clothespin that, when placed pinching ones nose shut, allows the user to breath water for a time.

A cat's skull.
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The Oracle of Cetasius

Inscribed on the skull are a series of strange whorls and wondrous markings. These markings glow to form images when the skull is held and a question is asked. The question does not need to be asked aloud, indeed, it might not even be consciously asked by the holder. However, once asked, the wielder may not ever ask another question.

Thought to be lost, the Oracle appears every so often, only to vanish again just as quickly. It was said once to hold a pair a cat's eyes, which hold minor oracular properties if found. The eyes if returned to the skull grant the wielder of the skull a total of three questions - one for each eye and one for the skull itself.

Next Item: A wooden mallet.
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A Wooden Mallet of Hammering!

Poorly named and deceptively simply made. The hammer has the weight of a wooden mallet but the striking power of a heavy iron. It even causes sparks. It is the perfect tool for when you need to smash things on the run and don't want a lot of weight.

Wrought by wood elves as a peace offering for local dwarves. The dwarves disdained it. So it is not surprising that they lost it over time allowing it to fall into the hands of rogue adventurers.



New item: flash drive.
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The Dream Tape

If this flash drive is plugged into the ear of a sleeping person, this person's dreams of the past night will be recorded in a few seconds.

Each dream takes the form of a short video file (format will vary). However, before you can read them, you need a decoding program that can only be found on a handful of obscure websites on the Darknet. Even then, they may remain confuse.

New item : a spoon a Ghetto Blaster radio (funnier).
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The Siren of Shouting Sorrows

This magical stereo system is very large and marginally portable. Anyone hearing the music is compelled to dance, inexplicably in a line. The stereo only plays sad country songs. Any other music placed in it is magically converted into a sad country song version.


Next Item: A can of condensed air.
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Can of Condensed Air

This is a fairly nondescript can with signs of surface rust. It makes no sound when shaken and is heavy enough to imply it has contents. When opened, the can appears empty but retains it weight. Turning the can upside down spills the condensed air out and it will be converted back to normal air at a rate dependent on the local moisture level. If however, water is added to this can, a large amount of breathable air is rapidly produced. The air is sweetly scented and invokes memories of pleasant times in lush fields. The released air will negate the effects of harmful gasses in the immediate surrounds, although new gasses remain free to enter.

If the can is opened underwater, a large bubble of air is released which floats immediately upwards. If water is created inside the can, it swells and then the seam pops releasing now chilled air with a violent hiss but no damage.


Next: A Green Loincloth
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The Emerald Loinclothes of the Land of ...

In the land of ..., nobody wears clothes of intense green, as it is considered a bad omen. And only the lowliest workers would wear a loincloth.

However, one astute riff-raff once discovered that by wearing only a loincloth of this color, he was no longer perceptible to normally clothed people, be it by sight or sound. Was this due to some ancient spell or curse? Maybe the one which spawned the superstition against this color?

Today, in this land, the Emerald Loincloth is the uniform of a secret society of elite spies, robbers and burglars. You cannot carry much in it, true, and you may get cold fast, but is so useful.

New item : a Chinese or Japanese lantern
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Paper Lantern:

Grants wishes. One use. The lantern will burn up when the wish is wished.

Foreign traders brought this item from far off lands. It was displayed in a bazaar stall with a tantalizing tale--one that oft changed so it is not worth repeating.

This is an item to display proudly but too fragile to carry.

Karkared wrote:
New item : a spoon a Ghetto Blaster radio (funnier).
I liked the idea of a spoon.

New Item: Spoon
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Arethusa’s Divining Spoon

The handle of this wooden spoon will point towards the nearest source of soup. The owner simply places the spoon in the palm of his hand, and the spoon will slowly spin so that the handle points in the direction of the nearest pot of hot soup. The spoon does not detect cold soup (who eats that anyway?)

Next Item: A wool flat cap with an onion pin.
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Giffa's Cap of Emulated Emotions

When worn the user is able to successfully fake any emotions needed, from feeling sad about the death of someone they hated, to pretending to feel joy from a terribly thoughtless gift.

The onion pin is what makes this Giffa's Cap, as opposed to Reginald's Cap of Empathy with its forget-me-not pin. Unlike Giffa's Cap, Reginald's gives the wearer the ability to sense the emotions - but not control them - of all the people around them.

Next Item: A crumpled piece of paper.
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The Telempathic Parchment

Though called a parchment, this piece of paper is actually a standard modern, though crumpled, one.

When it is unfolded and crumpled together with another piece of paper, a bond is formed between the two. Anything that is written on the Parchment will appear on the other piece of paper once the Parchment is crumpled again so that no letter appears on the outside. When the Parchment is completely covered in text, it sends the remaining scripture then erases itself and breaks the link with the other paper.

If an accurate portrait is drawn on the paper, the being depicted will suffer a terrible, yet harmless pain as it receives the written text under the form of a tattoo on its skin. This use does not require a bonded paper, but after this the Parchment becomes an ordinary paper without power. This use does not work on nonhuman beings without a distinctive trait. If used on perfect siblings, the effect has a random chance of hitting each of them.

If an item is drawn on it, the paper does nothing at all.

New item : a kitchen whip
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The Woyal Whisk

These silvered whisks command a high price, and are highly sought out by royalty and powerful people. Meals prepared with a Woyal Whisk cannot be poisoned. Any poison added to a meal (or drink) prepared with a Woyal Whisk is neutralized. Unfortunately, the Woyal Whisk does not function as well as a standard whisk, so lumps have a tendency to remain. Furthermore, the silver is an important feature to the whisk’s magic property. A Woyal Whisk that is completely tarnished ceases to function. As long as the silver is polished with proper silver polish before it is completely tarnished, the Woyal Whisk retains is magic properties.

Next Item: burgundy velvet slippers adorned with black embroidery
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Lord Fitzgerald's Crimson Slippers

These finely embroidered slippers are made from the wool of a Scottish Blackface sheep, black silk, and the hide of a Highland bull. It is said they were made for Lord Fitzgerald, who was wearing them for the first time when he struck his third wife in the head with a halberd, in the main hall of Carrington Castle, in 1745.

When one first encounters them, most often unsuspiciously lying next to a XVIIth century bed, the Slippers are a benign green, green like a leek, a thistle, or the fields of Olde Albion. But, as soon as someone puts them on, they turn a deep burgundy red and a terrible bloodlust seizes the wearer. He instantly reaches for the nearest available weapon (a revolver, rope, knife, lead pipe, wrench, candlestick, or else) and starts a bloodly rampage in the house, running adfter his preys in an eerie silence, because the slippers are much discreet.

When the wearer wakes up, he will have lost all memory and will be sitting in the library, with a policeman interrogating all the surviving denizens of the house. The slippers at his feet are as red as the blood he spilled, and will remain so until the next time they need to quench their thirst.

Next Item: a child's toy phone
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Next Item: a child's toy phone

The phone acts like a toy phone - doing nothing at all - most of the time. However, if you ever speak into the receiver and ask a question, the phone calls someone who might be able to answer that question, though the quality of their information or willingness to speak is in no way assured. (If you ask who killed JFK, perhaps it will connect you to a paranoid conspiracy nut...).

Next item: An ornately carved wooden hair stick

EDIT: Since this confused some people...an example (I can't seem to get this to appear as an image here):
https://www.pinterest.com/amp/pin/8092474307524109/
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Ropunzels Magical Hair Sticks

While wearing one of Ropunzels Magical Hair Sticks, your hair will grow at an accelerating rate, growing as much as thirty feet within a day. Your hair will be very strong and durable. Using multiple hair sticks at the same time can speed up the reaction significantly but is considered dangerous due to strangulation concerns.

The hair sticks shorten during use until they disappear entirely, typically after a day or two of full usage. The wearer must have enough hair to use the hair sticks and start the reaction, otherwise there will be no effect. It is not a cure for baldness.


The next magical item : Door Knob
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Door Knob of Safe Passage.

Place the Door Knob against any surface not more than two feet thick, and a doorway swings open to pass thru. It also removes any item of yours within twenty feet of the opening, and returns them to you. Once thru, the Door Knob appears on the other side of the doorway. Simply close and remove the Door Knob and no trace remains of the doorway. Can only be used by the owner of the Door Knob, and only for the owners use, no one else may accompany them. Normally has three charges.

Next: Raven Feather Quill.
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The Raven Quill

In an age forgotten of, several powers came to war. When at last the dust settled and they had to rebuild, they each created a quill that would sanctify their pacts. The Raven Quill was the one used by the champions of Death and Nature. It is made of a raven feather with a small holding piece of carved wood.

If a follower in the Druidic faith, New Age, Gothism or Necromancy uses this quill to write, this person will be magically compelled to strive to make every written word come true. It does not matter whether the writing was intentional or not.

If something is written which cannot ever come true, the powers of Death and Nature will take a peculiar interest in proper chastisement.

Nothing is known about the other Quills, except that they can cancel the geas by writing "I set thee free" below the Raven Quill's writing.

Next item: a Minoan carved disc.
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Minoan Carved Disc



The Minoan Carved Disc is flat, thin, and covered mostly with small images. The images and scratchings are from a little used, archaic language that few in the modern age can read. Those who cannot read it consider it a potential sacred text. Those who can read it realize that it tells a dirty joke about four breasted mermaids.

The joke, or its misunderstood holiness, is not the important part of the minoan carved disc. The images are a distraction. What is important is the aged clay that makes up the minoan carved disc. The clay comes from a distant plane of the soft soil from a holy area. Even perverted into a dirty joke carrier the hardened clay still carries the means to unpoison.


Next item: A round, three bladed glaive.
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Could you elaborate, please? Glaive means at least two different weapons (one sword, one spear) and I do not see how it could be round.
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Karkared wrote:
Could you elaborate, please? Glaive means at least two different weapons (one word, one spear) and I do not see how it could be round.

I assumed he meant a glaive like the weapon from Krull. mb
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