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The Piece of Wood

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Written by Nicholas Hoar

The Piece of Wood



The piece of wood's origins are unknown, but legends claim that it is a chip from the handle of the grim reaper's scythe, granting those in possession of the wood the ability to hide from the reapers strikes, and live forever. Whether or not this story is true is unimportant, because at the end of the day, those who die while in possession of the piece of wood find themselves resurrected a day later.   Legends and rumors surrounding the piece of wood permeate throughout history, with many fakes appearing along the way. But for those who know the true, who have borne witness to the greatness of the piece of wood, know the unlimited possibilities of eternal immortality and the inability to stay dead.   Perhaps the piece of wood is an old artifact designed to cast resurrection upon a corpse 24 hours after its death, or perhaps it's a key through the outer planes, allowing a soul to return to its body after a journey through the afterlife. All that matters at the end of the day though, is the fact that you're not dead.  


Wondrous item, legendary

  A strange dark piece of wood, it appears as a hand sized piece of wood.   False Immortality. A creature who is fatally wounded and dies while in possession of the Piece of Wood will find themselves resurrected with 1 hp after 24 hours.   Curse. After every resurrection in this manner, the wielder loses 1 memory. As this goes on, the wielder will eventually become a mindless zombie, to wander the world indefinitely. If this zombie is killed, but retains the Piece of Wood on its person, it raises with full hit points after 24 hours.
The piece of wood is rough, dark, and blunt. it would probobly hurt if hurled at someones face.
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Mar 4, 2021 22:55

Love the absurdness that a piece of wood can be a resurrection device. Well done!

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Nov 7, 2021 02:42 by Nicholas Hoar

Thank you!

Jul 16, 2021 15:45 by Zenith

What happens if the wood is destroyed? This sounds so fun! Would never have thought of it myself. Good job :)

Nov 7, 2021 02:42 by Nicholas Hoar

If the wood is destroyed, then its properties would go with it, no more revivals. One would not retrieve their lost memories, however. That would probably require a wish spell

Jul 16, 2021 18:25 by A

How absurd can you go and still this is a brilliant item in itself? With the short "origin story" it is so... perfect in a weird way. Good job!

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Nov 7, 2021 02:38 by Nicholas Hoar

I forgot that people could comment on this. It's a joke item within the world created initially by one of my players, and expanded upon with the world tree, I through it in here as a joke for Tim, since I'm one of his Discord Mods.

Nov 7, 2021 02:41 by Nicholas Hoar

context: the world tree connection isn't mentioned in this post, but the idea is it's actually a piece of Yggdrasil