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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Grabbing Sphere

This plain gray sphere is made of an unknown substance. It is three inches in diameter, its surface resilient and warm to the touch. The sphere radiates a faint hum, which changes pitch slightly if the sphere is squeezed. Testing the object for magical properties will reveal Superb alteration magic A Great test of divination magic will reveal the command words required to activate the device. The Grabbing Sphere has three command words:
  • Word of Flotation - The sphere expand to one foot in diameter and take flight, hovering a few feet behind its owner and following them at Fair speed. Any inanimate object touched to the sphere will be held in place as if gripped by someone of Fair strength with the pull directed 'down' towards the center of the sphere. This force will defy gravity. A glass full of water stuck to the sphere will remain full, no matter how the sphere rotates or turns. The sphere will support up to 250 lbs. before it becomes overloaded and sinks to the ground, immobile. This word can be used at will and lasts as long as desired.
  • Word of Flight - The sphere expands to three feet in diameter and hovers one foot off the ground. The owner and a passenger can step aboard the sphere and command it to fly with Great speed and maneuverability with a word. To the riders the sphere's surface always feels as if it were down. This power can be invoked thrice per day and lasts one hour per invocation.
  • Word of Entrapment - When this word is spoken the sphere will streak to a chosen target with Epic accuracy, growing to eight feet in diameter as it does so. Once it strikes it 'sticks' to the target with Legendary strength, essentially rendering them helpless. Only a single target ogre-sized or less is affected. If the sphere misses its target it will readjust its course and attempt to strike again after a one round delay, this behavior continuing until the target is captured or the duration of the effect expires. This power can be invoked once per day and lasts one hour.
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