dark_Lord_Galen writes "Naturally beautiful music sometimes has help.... and sometimes nature sings a duet.
Presenting the Amethyst Songbird, by Tony M. (a.k.a. Krug Krugsheir)
These figurines, roughly 2-3 inches tall, are always
carved from the finest amethyst (at least 120gp value upwards to 500gp for an
exceptional one) and are favored by any who rely on elegant vocalization. The
“Songbird” has come to be relied on from diplomats to paladins, however in the
hands of a bard these figurines truly reach their potential.
It is commonly accepted that the basis for this object is
the Wyndchymer, a bird which is indigenous to several regions throughout the
Flanaess. Research of the area supports not only the affinity for such other
magical items utilizing birds as effigy (See Queen Ehlissa’s Marvelous
Nightingale ), Elspeth Eva, a renown Sage Bard of that region, made a
comparative study of the hypnotic, soothing effect of songbirds and their role
in music titled Sung Birds: Bards of Nature
Investigation has it that the first of these figures
began appearing in oddity shops in the Walled city of Sennerae. Merchants, if
pressed would convey gaining them from gnomish traders that frequented the
eastern Abor Alz.
Still others have claimed to have traded with Rhennee at
Sennerae , Hardby, and along the NyrDyv which would explain the migration of
the item along various water trade routes. Tales and whispers from Rhennee
Bargemen claim it was commissioned by a Gypsy woman for her daughter's coming
of age after she was inspired by a local breed of songbirds known as the Pevec
Chochol Fialový , or Violet Backed Wyndchymer.
The Gypsy’s daughter was rumored to have had an
incredible career as a bard and adventurer with her “lucky” figurine in her
possession before retiring to work as a chronicler and advisor to a Duchess
under the King. This figure started seeing more widespread use after the bard’s
visit to the elven lands, where the figurine was widely well received due not
only to its artistry, but also to its captivatingly beautiful songs. See The
Chronicles of the Lightning Brigade: Journal #4:The Elven Court of Celene by
Brandylyn Windchymer, for more details.
Picture 1Creation and Use
Carved from an amethyst (120gp value), this amethyst
figurine turns into a Wyndchymer (Diminutive Animal) on command (but it retains
its consistency, which gives it the hardness of stone).
The Songbird is able to mimic Common and one other
language determined at creation (usually one of the creators own). Once in this
form, the user may choose one from the following effects:
Songbird will sing along with the user, granting a +5 Circumstance bonus to one
of the following skills: Diplomacy, Perform: Oratory, Perform: Singing
Stand In: The
Songbird may sing in place of the user, and make a skill check with the users
bonuses in place of the user for the following skills;
Singing, Perform: Oratory
Songbird can be sent off into the air, bearing a message just like a creature
affected by an animal messenger spell. If not commanded to carry a message, the
bird obeys the commands of its owner, although it has no special powers or
Faint enchantment and transmutation; CL 6th Wiz 4th;
Craft Wondrous Item, animal messenger, animate objects, eagle's splendor,
Mimicry; Price 13,000 gp.
An even rarer form of the Amethyst Songbird is rumored to
exist. The Greater is often a more stylized version created as a broach, earrings,
or hairpin. As the lesser marvelous Item, the greater is carved from a flawless
amethyst(s)(500gp total value), this amethyst figurine turns into a Wyndchymer,
retaining the abilities defined by the lesser with these modifications and
On creation, the tongues spell is utilized in place of
the mimicry spell giving the Wyndchymer the ability to sing in any language its
owner possesses. If the ownership should change, the Wyndchymer adapts to the
new languages of its new owner.
All effects are created, though only one may be activated
at a time and each use of any effect counts toward the total non-figurine
status of the item, including travel effect of the animal messenger.
Faint enchantment and transmutation; CL 7th & Wizard
4th; Craft Wondrous Item, animal messenger, animate objects, eagle's splendor;
Tongues: Price 16,800 gp.
All Amethyst Songbirds can maintain its non-figurine
status for only 24 hours per week, but the duration need not be continuous.
World of Greyhawk References
Ehlissa’s Marvelous Nightingale - Originally Referenced in DMGe1 p 160
Birds-by Elspeth Eva” Loosely based on the actual medieval study of birds by
Chronicles of the Lightning Brigade: Journal #4: The Elven Court of Celene by
Brandylyn Windchymer, A collection of tomes, and within them Journals, of the
chronicles of the ½ Elven Bard Brandylyn Windchymer as she traveled the central
flanaess. The collection consists of 143 volumes, containing a multitude of
personal and official journals, decree, observations, sonnets, poems, songs and
innumerable maps and frivolous data of many genres. Various derivative copies
by other authors have also been discovered giving alternative accounts of
various exploits. It is the opinion of the bards at School of Music (City of
Greyhawk) that not all records have been proven as factual as some tomes
recovered from the razed ruins of Redlee Manor in the Barony of Shelspring
refute some of the telling of this author.
4 See 2e
Wizard’s Spell Compendium Volume 2 page 565
Language in Our campaign based loosely on Czech / Polish
6 Elvish in
our campaign based on Tolkien’s Quenya
7 Based on
regional Maps of 1983 box Set WOG & Anna Meyers Revised maps
Hit Dice: 1/4
d8 (1 hp)
ft (1 square), fly 40 ft. (good)
Armor Class: 20
(+4 size, +2 Dex,+4 for stone), touch 18, flat-footed 18
Base Attack/Grapple: +0/–17
Full Attack: —
Special Attacks: —
Special Qualities: low-light
+2, Ref +4, Will +2
1, Dex 15, Con 10, Int 2, Wis 14, Cha 7
+5, Spot +5
and savannah forest edges along more arid climates
(10-40) Colony (100–400) or Crowd (1000–5000)
Challenge Rating: 1/10
Unless its nest is threatened, a songbird will flee
instead of fight in all circumstances. If its nest is threatened, it will
attack with its mate and any others of its species in the vicinity. Treat these
encounters as a Flock, without the immunity to weapon damage, -2 to HP, and a
-3 penalty to attack rolls.
Range: 60yds +10yds/lvl
Casting time: Standard
Area of Effect: Special
Save Throw: Special
When a wizard casts this spell. He gains the ability to
perfectly mimic the sounds made by any animal or monster he know, or the
special vocal inflection and accent of any person known to him. He cannot
duplicate special sound based attack forms such as a harp’s song, etc.
The area of effect includes all characters within hearing
range. Characters who actively disbelieve the sound are allowed a save throw
vs. Will DC16+ Owner level.
on the Wyndchymer (if you wish to add it as a migratory songbird)
Wyndchymer are found over a vast area in the flanaess.
Known also as Pevec Chochol Fialový
(Songbird of the Violet plume) to the Rhennee, and the Elendil Lindo
Helin Vaima (Royal Songbird of Violet
Robes) by the elves. This small bird travels in small families through its
territory until the time of the gathering breeding season. The males feature
bright colors while the females are subtler and these birds are monogamous.
A Wyndchymer will measure up to 7 inches in length and
can weigh up to 45 grams. The males boast bright purple upper bodies and white
lower areas and the females are brown with pale, streaked feathers underneath.
The stark difference between the sexes shows that these birds are dimorphic.
These birds travel in small families, uniting with
colonies all year long, but the composition of the group changes with the
season. The breeding season causes a gathering of Crowds with the Crowds to
break off into family groups at the midpoint of the spring, while throughout
the rest of the year these birds’ colonies are generally separated by gender.
When nesting, they can usually be found in tree holes anywhere from 6.5 feet to
20 feet above ground. They can also be found in fence posts.
Monogamy is a feature of this bird, as well. The female
incubates the eggs for approximately two weeks. Once the eggs have hatched,
feeding is taken on by both the male and female until the young leave the nest.
Species is found widely in the woodlands and savannah
forest edges along more arid climates throughout the spring and summer months
with migrations to the sheltered treetop areas of forests. It is rarely seen on
the ground, but instead commonly found in trees and other sources away from the
ground. Several large crowds are common along the northern edge of the Abbor
Alz extending eastward in abundance to the Celadon Forest edges that border the
Bright Desert. There have also been confirmed sightings of colonies along the
Southern edge of The Tangles near the Rift Canyon Region. As well as 2 crowds
with several colonies that seemed to splintered off and made a home within the
rocky shoals along the Dunhead Bay side of the Northern Headlands in Onnwal and
Irongate. There are unsubstantiated rumors a small colony exists along the
south region of the Suss Forest bordering the Drachensgrab hills. Migratory Range is roughly 4600 square miles
The Wyndchymer’s diet consists of a balance between Fresh
Fruit: fig, dates, grapes or plums, slices of apple,
orange, pears, bananas; also blackberries, eugenia, elderberries, hawthorn and
pyracantha depending on the region. Insects: grasshoppers, crickets, mealworms
or beetle pupae depending on the region.
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