Marek's Bear Skin
A full bearskin, paws with claws, head and teeth and such, to be worn as a warm and comfortable cloak.
Oh, and the spirit of the bear can be summoned to fight along side you as well.
Marek's Cloak was made from the skin of a good sized adult brown bear. Marek defeated the bear in unarmed combat and the bear respected him for his strength. Now the spirit remains in the cloak Marek made from his skin after he died from years of adventuring together, looking for another companion to travel with who has Marek's strong will.
The skin looks like a well made bear skin cloak that has been made by hand in the wilderness.
Once a day, the cloak can be cast off to fight alongside the wearer to fight as a brown bear in aid of the wearer and party. The bear skin may become clumsy to wear if it feels it can be of use. The cloak fills with a soft blue light and fills out the body of the bear with this light. The light spills out of eyes and mouth, when open. It can maintain this for indefinatly, untill it looses all hit points and becomes an slumbering cloak once more.
To return the bear spirit occupied cloak to it's former cloak form, the cloak must loose all hit points, like above. It doesn't want to be a cloak, after all.
Blunt weapons will do damage as normal, as will all other weapons, but blunt weapons won't tear the cloak. Any slicing or punctures should be kept track of along side it's normal hit points. It regains it's full allotment of hit points with every use, but rips and holes may reduce the cloak to tatters. The rips are healed only on a new moon. If the rips and tearing damage add up to its hit points, the spirit of the cloak no longer may cling to the shredded remains of its former life.
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Having the spirit of a bear in a cloak could be very interesting. I am thinking uncontrolled rage of somesort during a fight when the bears power and strength take over somewhat. Wearer gets much more stronger and somehow attains the mass of the bear able to overpower previously very strong opponents. Would be quite a surprise when a modestly built person starts overpowering a huge opponent.
Thinking the spirit of the bear searching for a worthy owner could actively do it in the dream world. Pretty much invading the dreams of those he finds worthy and 'calling' for them in cryptic dream messages. Perhaps it is lost somewhere, or its current owner does not respect it properly. Could be a hook for a nature oriented character and help bring the characters somewhere.
A dream quest was maybe at the creation of this item. Shamen may know about it, and one not so worthy may seek it. Given this job, you also start having mysterious dreams. When you finally get it, it slowly becomes clear it does not want that new owner. But it rightly belongs to him (may be Mareks heir). After/if it is given he may die a sudden death at the claws of a bear...
hmmm. An item wanting to kill someone..... Interesting
The thing I realy like about this item is that it may eventualy 'die' and be destroyed.
My personal interpretation would be: piercing damage always deals one point of damage towards the destruction of the cloack.
Slashing damage deals full damage towards destruction and blunt damage deals no damage towards destruction of the cloack.
After all, piercing damage only makes a small hole, whereas a slashing weapon makes a large rip.
What I do not like is that the owner of the cloak will have to bash down the cloak if it did not 'die' in battle. I would say the owner will have to prove to be worthy to the cloak and then he/she can command it back to being a cloak. Typical wearers would have to be druid's, Rangers, Barbarians, Shamans and the like, not fighters, roque's, arcane magic users and such.
In the spirit of Capt Penguin:
It isn't just 'Summon Bear'. It actually summons the bear's spirit, and the cloak comes alive. That is cool.
Thank you for bumping, Ags.