I’ve been wanting to update the site for a while now, and had some inspiration strike tonight after a wonderful valentines with the Mrs. We were talking about love and a thought struck me about a magical item that imitated “true love”. So, without further ado, here it is.
Rod of Love
Description: The Rod of Love is a small metal rod that is easily concealable. It has no discerning features other than the runes inscribed upon it. This rod, like all magical rods, holds the spell that is inscribed upon it and can be used by anyone, even those not trained in the arcane arts, to cast the spell. Due to the power this rod possesses, it should be considered an artifact level item.
Spell: The Rod of Love holds the spell Catyr’s True Love.
History: Catyr’s True Love is a spell developed by the gnomish mage Catyr as requested by a general of the Brailian Empire. This spell, when cast upon another, causes the target to fall in love with the caster. This spell is different from other love spells because it’s goal was not to bereft the target of free will, but instead, to make them love the caster and want to help them in any way possible for a short time, usually 24 hours. The purpose of the spell was to allow soldiers of the Brailian Empire to infiltrate the Meados Kingdoms and get information in the quickest and easiest way possible.
For this purpose, several of these rods were made and distributed to soldiers of the Empire. The spell worked wonderfully at first, and awarded the Empire many victories. It did however, have a side effect. Soon, spies stopped reporting to the Empire and they were sought out to determine why. Most were found to have married or stayed with their targets. They discovered that the spell worked to mimic “true love” too well. It often caused the user to fall in love with the target as well, because a true love is a love returned in kind. The Empire ended up scraping the project, but the rods found their way into many different hands over the years, often leading to a happy lives, despite intents of the user.
Twelve rods were originally made for the empire, and the maker, Catyr, was asked not to pass on the spell or make additional rods. To the empire’s knowledge, he complied with this request. After they learned of the effects these rods could have, five were taken back and destroyed by the empire, due to the danger of their use. Seven were unable to be found and are said to still remain.
As a side note, ultimately the Brailian Empire was absorbed by the Meados Kingdoms due to a marriage of the Kingdoms’ prince with the Empire’s only heir, the princess. It is rumored that one of the rods, made to infiltrate and defeat the Meados Kingdoms, is the cause behind the alliance and the defeat of the Empire. It is not known if the rumor is true or who used the rod on whom, but the rumor continues that one rod is kept safe within the treasury of the Meados Kingdoms.
Effect: The spell will cause the target to fall in love with the caster. This has a 50/50 chance of either lasting 24 hours, or permanently. The target should get a saving throw in a stat such as Willpower or Spirit. When cast, the spell also has a 50/50 chance of affecting the caster as well as the target. If it does, the spell lasts on the caster for the same duration as the target.
I hope you all can use this magic item to have a little fun in your games!
(Edit: I added a little to the history and made a note that due to the rods power, it should be considered an artifact level item)