Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Magic Item: Al-Kemet

Al-Kemet: Said to have been created in the burning desert kingdom of the Diamond Sands, Al-Kemet is a handspindle of the high-whorl variety. The shaft of the spindle is carved of ivory, whereas the whorl is a dense disc of finely-carved ebony; the whorl is further ornamented with tiny, delicate glyphs and arabesques picked out in lapis, malachite and gold.

A utilitarian, if ornamental, object at first glance -- and indeed it may be used as an ordinary handspindle -- Al-Kemet possesses a single specific enchantment. Any substance, no matter its form or origin, may be spun into yarn or thread for weaving. From blood to gold, dragonscales to jade, all may be fed to Al-Kemet with only the spinner's skill affecting the quality of the fibre. More to the point, the skeins so produced retain all of the properties of the original substance -- in appearance and in physical qualities.

5 comments:

Chris said...

Any substance, no matter its form or origin, may be spun into yarn or thread for weaving.

This has the same potential for awesome and win! that Fluid Edge did. Do the things woven with Al-Kemet have to have actual physical substance, or can you use it to weave mythic stuff too?

The idea of dwarven grannies literally knitting chainmail long johns from woven stone is priceless. But I'm also thinking in terms of folkloric stuff like cloaks woven from stolen shadows, vestments embroidered with sunlight tinted with stained glass, a wedding veil woven from lovers' sighs, etc...

A1 stuff Tai'.

taichara said...

@Chris:

You can indeed spin the stuff of dreams and even less tangible things; all one has to do is figure out how to start the process. *grin ~*

Thank ye very kindly :3

David said...

Wow... this is the sort of item that Kings would go to war for! Excellent!

Rob Iannacone said...

Kings? I could even think of a few gods that could use an item like this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleipnir

Eliyes said...

Arachne weeps in envy.