Chapter 5: Magic Items

Arcane magic plays a vital role in the Five Nations. Common magic items are widespread in the world. The crystals known as dragonshards serve as the fuel of the magical economy and are used in focus items that amplify the powers of dragonmarks.

Dragonshards

Dragonshards are crystals imbued with raw mystical energy. They are the fuel that drives the magical economy, playing a vital role in the creation of magic items and the performance of arcane rituals.

Dragonshards come in three distinct varieties, each of which are found in different environments. Eberron dragonshards are found in shallow soil, and often encased in geode-like stone shells. Eberron shards can be found almost anywhere, but the most significant deposits have been discovered in jungle environments, notably Q’barra and the distant land of Xen’drik. In their raw form, Eberron shards are rosy crystals with crimson swirls flowing their depths.

khyber dragonshardEberron shards are the most common form of dragonshard. They are primarily refined into a glowing powder. This dragonshard dust can be used to fuel almost any act of magic. When casting a spell, you can use dragonshard dust in place of any spell component that has a cost, unless the DM says otherwise. Dragonshard dust is used in the creation of magic items, and many powerful tools — such as the lightning rail and elemental airships — require an ongoing expenditure of Eberron dragonshards to maintain their enchantments.

Khyber dragonshards are found deep in the earth, often near layers of magma. These living crystals typically grow on cavern walls, and superstition says they flourish in areas with significant fiendish activity. Khyber dragonshards are deep blue or dark violet, laced with gleaming veins.

Khyber dragonshards have a affinity for binding magics. Elemental binding — which is behind airships, the lightning rail, and elemental galleons — requires a Khyber shard to hold the elemental. Khyber shards are used for phylacteries, planar binding, any other effects that trap or manipulate spirits. Khyber dragonshards are also used for many necromantic rituals.

siberys dragonshard  Siberys dragonshards fall from the Ring of Siberys, the ring of crystals that encircles the world. While rare in Khorvaire, there are significant shard fields in the continent of Xen’drik, and this is a potential source of great wealth for explorers. Siberys dragonshards are amber in color, with swirling golding veins gleaming within.

Siberys dragonshards have a close affinity to dragonmarks and are a vital part of any dragonmark focus item. Larger shards may be required for eldritch machines or used in the creation of legendary items or artifacts.

Magic Items

Consider how these magic items from throughout Khorvaire can add to your campaign.

Arcane Focuses

Go to the Bazaar in Sharn or any enclave of House Cannith and you’ll find a wide selection of arcane focuses to choose from. For a wandslinger, the choice of an arcane focus carries the same weight as a duelist deciding between a rapier or a maul. Do you use a wand of Fernian ash to focus your fire bolt, or do you harness defensive energies with a Risian orb?

An arcane focus is a tool, and only provides its benefits while you’re actively using it. An orb of shielding provides no protection when it’s in your pack; you must have it in your hand.

In Khorvaire, arcane focus items are recognized as weapons: if guards are securing swords and bows, they’ll also require you to turn over your staff.

Imbued Wood Focus

Wondrous item, common (requires attunement)

An imbued wood focus is a rod, staff, or wand cut from a tree infused with extraplanar energy. If you’re a spellcaster, you can use this as a spellcasting focus.

When you cast a damage-dealing spell using this item as your spellcasting focus, you gain a +1 bonus to one damage roll of the spell, provided the damage is of the type associated with the item’s wood. The types of wood and their associated damage types are listed in the Imbued Wood Focus table.

Imbued Wood Focus

Wood Damage Type
Fernian Ash Focus Fire
Irian Rosewood Focus Radiant
Kythrian Manchineel Focus Acid or poison
Lamannian Oak Focus Lightning or thunder
Mabaran Ebony Focus Necrotic
Risian Pine Focus Cold
Shavarran Birch Focus Force
Xorian Wenge Focus Psychic

Orb of Shielding

Wondrous item, common (requires attunement)

An orb of shielding is a polished, spherical chunk of crystal or stone aligned to one of the planes of existence. If you’re a spellcaster, you can use this orb as a spellcasting focus.

If you’re holding the orb when you take damage of the type associated with the orb’s material, you can use your reaction to reduce the damage by 1d4 (to a minimum of 0). The materials and their associated damage types are listed in the Orb of Shielding table.

Orb of Shielding

Planar MaterialDamage Type
Fernian basaltFire
Irian quartzRadiant
Kythrian skarnAcid and poison
Lamannian flintLightning and thunder
Mabaran obsidianNecrotic
Risian shaleCold
Shavarran chertForce
Xorian marblePsychic

Common Magic Items

Band of Loyalty

Ring, common (requires attunement)

If you are reduced to zero hit points while attuned to a band of loyalty, you instantly die. These rings are favored by spies who can’t afford to fall into enemy hands.

Cleansing Stone

Wondrous Item, common

A cleansing stone is a sphere 1 foot in diameter, engraved with mystic sigils. When touching the stone, you can use an action to activate it and remove dirt and grime from your garments and your person.

Such stones are often embedded in pedestals in public squares in Aundair or in high-end Ghallanda inns.

Everbright Lantern

Wondrous Item, common

This bullseye lantern contains an Eberron dragonshard that sheds light comparable to that produced by a continual flame spell. An everbright lantern sheds light in a 120-foot cone; the closest 60 feet is bright light, and the farthest 60 feet is dim light.

Feather Token

Wondrous Item, common

This small metal disk is inscribed with the image of a feather. When you fall at least 20 feet while the token is on your person, you descend 60 feet per round and take no damage from falling. The token’s magic is expended after you land, whereupon the disk becomes nonmagical.

Glamerweave

Wondrous Item, common

Glamerweave is clothing imbued with harmless illusory magic. While wearing the common version of these clothes, you can use a bonus action to create a moving illusory pattern within the cloth.

Uncommon glamerweave can have the pattern rise from the cloth. For example, a glamerweave gown might be wreathed in harmless, illusory flames, while a glamerweave hat might have illusory butterflies fluttering around it.

When you make a Charisma (Performance) or Charisma (Persuasion) check while wearing the uncommon version of glamerweave, you can roll a d4 and add the number rolled to the check. Once you use this property, it can’t be used again until the next dawn.

Shiftweave

Wondrous Item, common

When a suit of shiftweave is created, up to five different outfits can be embedded into the cloth. While wearing the clothing, you can speak its command word as a bonus action to transform your outfit into your choice of one of the other designs contained within it. Regardless of its appearance, the outfit can’t be anything but clothing. Although it can duplicate the look of other magical clothing, it doesn’t gain their magical properties.

Spellshard

Wondrous Item, common

This polished Eberron dragonshard fits in the hand and stores information similar to a book. The shard can hold the equivalent of one book that’s no more than 320 pages long. A shard can be created blank or already filled with information. When the shard is created, the creator can set a passphrase that must be spoken to access the information stored within.

While holding the shard, you can use an action to open your mind to the shard, seeing its content in your mind. On subsequent rounds, reading the text or scribing new text on blank “pages” in the shard requires concentration (as if concentrating on a spell) and takes the same amount of time it takes you to read and write normally. Thinking of a particular phrase or topic draws you to the first section in the shard that addresses it.

A wizard can use a spellshard as a spellbook, with the usual cost in gold and time to “scribe” a spell into the shard.

Dragonmark Focus Items

These items harness and expand the powers of a dragonmark, allowing the dragonmarked houses to provide a wide range of useful services. You must possess a particular dragonmark in order to use or attune to a dragonmark focus item.

Many dragonmark focus items have unique effects related to their marks, as described in this section. Alternately, a dragonmark focus item can duplicate the power of an existing magic item with a power closely related to the mark. For example:

It’s easier to produce an item that amplifies an existing power than one that generates it on its own, and generally a focus item costs half as much as the standard version of that item. However, the Siberys shards required to make focus items are rare, and it’s always up to the DM to decide what focus items are available in the world.

Bag of Bounty

Wondrous Item, uncommon

This is a sturdy leather sack with tiny Siberys shards embedded into the lining. If you have the Mark of Hospitality you can use an action to cast create food and water, drawing a feast from within the bag. You shape this meal with your thoughts. You can create the standard bland fare without requiring any sort of check, but you can attempt to create finer food by making a Charisma check; if you’re proficient with cook’s utensils, add your bonus to this check. A failed check results in a sour and squalid meal.

Food QualityDifficulty
PoorNo roll required
Modest10
Comfortable13
Wealthy15
Aristocratic18

A bag of bounty can be used up to three times over the course of a day. After that, the bag can’t be used again until the next dawn.

Inquisitive’s Goggles

Wondrous Item, uncommon (requires attunement)

The lenses of these goggles are carved from Siberys dragonshards. While garish in appearance, these goggles are a boon to any Tharashk inquisitive. To attune to the goggles, you must possess the Mark of Finding. As long as this condition is met, you gain the following benefits.

  • You can add your Intuition die from the Hunter’s Intuition trait of the mark when you make Wisdom (Insight) checks.
  • When you examine an object, you can make a Wisdom (Perception) check to identify the aura of the last living creature to touch the object. The DC is 13 + the number of days since the last contact occurred. If the check is successful, you learn the species of the creature and you can immediately use your Imprint Prey ability to target this creature

Keycharm

Wondrous Item, common

This small stylized key plays a vital role in the work of House Kundarak. If you cast the alarm, arcane lock, or glyph of warding spell, you can tie the effect to the keycharm so that whoever holds it receives the notification from the alarm spell, bypasses the lock of the arcane lock spell, or avoids triggering the glyph placed by the glyph of warding spell. In addition, the holder (who needn’t be attuned to the item) can take an action to end any one spell tied to it, provided the holder knows the command word you set for ending the tied spells. The keycharm can have up to three tied spells at one time.

Rings of Shared Suffering

Ring, uncommon (requires attunement)

These rings come in linked pairs. It you possess the Mark of Sentinel, you can use a bonus action to form a link to the creature attuned to the other ring; from then on, whenever that creature suffers damage, they only suffer half of that damage and you take the rest. This effect continues until you end it as a bonus action or until you or the other creature removes their ring. This effect isn’t limited by range. A creature cannot be attuned to more than one ring of shared suffering.

Scribe’s Pen

Wondrous Item, common

You can use this pen to write on any surface. You decide whether the writing is visible or invisible, but the writing is always visible to a person with the Mark of Scribing.

Any creature with the Mark of Scribing can use an action to touch the invisible writing, making it visible to all.

If you use the pen to write on a creature that isn’t a construct, the writing fades after 7 days.

Wheel of Wind and Water

Wondrous Item, uncommon

When mounted at the helm of an elemental galleon or airship, this wheel allows a creature that possesses the Mark of Storm to telepathically control the elemental bound inside the vessel.

If a wheel of wind and water is mounted on a mundane sailing ship, a creature with the Mark of Storm who is using the wheel can create an area of ideal conditions around the vessel, increasing its speed by 5 miles per hour.

Eldritch Machines

In a Cannith enclave, a team of artificers maintain the creation forge that produces the warforged. In the Shadow Marches, druids guard the seals that hold the Daelkyr at bay. In the sewers below Sharn, a mad genius puts the final touches on a device that will turn the people of the city into undead monstrosities.

All of these are eldritch machines. They are wondrous locations: magic items of immense power, but so large that they cannot be moved. Eldritch machines always require rare components but creating an eldritch machine could require one or more planes to be coterminous or it might only be possible to build it in a manifest zone.

Ultimately, eldritch machines are plot devices. Their powers are far beyond the standard level of what is possible in Eberron, but such a device can reflect the culmination of a villain’s master plan or a last defense against evil that must be protected at all costs.

Dimensional Seal

A dimensional seal is a massive stone slab covered with a complex pattern of runes and sigils. The seal projects an invisible field in a 2-mile radius. This field blocks all forms of conjuration magic and any other effect that involves teleportation or planar travel. Dimensional seals are usually found in the Eldeen Reaches and the Shadow Marches—reminders of the conflict between the Gatekeepers and the daelkyr. The techniques used to create these seals have been long lost. It’s said that as a whole, the dimensional seals keep the daelkyr bound in Khyber and prevent Xoriat from becoming coterminous with Eberron. If enough of these seals are destroyed, there could be dire consequences for the world.

Mabaran Resonator

This dread device draws on the power of Mabar, infusing the dead with the malign energy of the Endless Night. While it is active, any humanoid that dies within 2 miles of the resonator reanimates 1 minute later as a zombie (see the Monster Manual for its stat block) under the control of the creature controlling the device.

Master’s Call

While this looks like a scrap heap assembled from shattered constructs, this eldritch machine possesses great power. A creature in control of it can sense the presence and location of all warforged within 10 miles of the device and can, as an action, send a telepathic message to them laced with enchantment magic. Such a message can be sent no more than once every 24 hours. A warforged who receives the message is compelled to follow one command contained within it, unless the warforged succeeds on a DC 12 Wisdom saving throw. The affected warforged breaks free of the command after 24 hours.

Spell Sink

This device emanates an antimagic field (same effects as the antimagic field spell) in a radius of 1 to 3 miles. The field can be activated or deactivated as an action with a touch by its controller.

The form that the device takes depends on the nature of its creator. The Ashbound druids despise unnatural magic, so a spell sink created by them might be a living artifact, such as a twisted tree that consumes the magical energy around it. Conversely, a spell sink created by a mad artificer might be a massive vessel composed of dragonshards and exotic metals.

A variant device called the spell siphon not only neutralizes magic but also absorbs all magical energy in the area, storing that power for a cataclysmic effect.

Storm Spire

This eldritch machine can only be controlled by creatures that bear the Mark of Storm. Storm spires allow House Lyrandar to influence the weather, which can be a boon for the local population or a curse if a Lyrandar baron chooses to demand payment for ideal weather.

Warforged Components

The warforged are living constructs. House Cannith has designed a number of magic items that can interface directly with the body of a warforged. Once attached, a component cannot be removed unless the warforged allows it.

The armblade is an example of an item created by House Cannith. Docents are mysterious wondrous items discovered in Xen’drik. These are just a few of the components that can be encountered in the world.

Armblade

Weapon (any one-handed melee weapon), common (requires attunement by a Warforged)

An armblade is a magic weapon that attaches to your arm, becoming inseparable from you as long as you’re attuned to it. To attune to this item, you must hold it against your forearm for the entire attunement period.

As a bonus action, you can retract the armblade into your forearm or extend it from there. While it is extended, you can use the weapon as if you were holding it, and you can’t use that hand for other purposes.

Docent

Wondrous item, rare (requires attunement by a Warforged)

A docent is a small metal sphere, about 2 inches across, studded with dragonshards. To attune to a docent, you must embed the item somewhere on your body, such as your chest or your eye socket.

Sentience. A docent is a sentient item of any alignment with an Intelligence of 16, a Wisdom of 14, and a Charisma of 14. It perceives the world through your senses. It communicates telepathically with you and can speak, read, and understand any language it knows (see “Random Properties” below).

Life Support. Whenever you end your turn with 0 hit points, the docent can make a Wisdom (Medicine) check with a +6 bonus. If this check succeeds, the docent stabilizes you.

Random Properties. A docent has the following properties:

  • Languages. The docent knows Common, Giant, and 1d4 additional languages chosen by the DM. If a docent knows fewer than six languages, it can learn a new language after it hears or reads the language through your senses.
  • Skills. The docent has a +7 bonus to one of the following skills (roll a d4): (1) Arcana, (2) History, (3) Investigation, or (4) Nature.
  • Spells. The docent knows one of the following spells and can cast it at will, requiring no components (roll a d6): (1–2) detect evil and good or (3–6) detect magic. The docent decides when to cast the spell.

Personality. A docent is designed to advise and assist the warforged it’s attached to. One of the simple functions of a docent is to serve as a translator. The docent’s properties are under its control, and if you have a bad relationship with your docent, it might refuse to assist you.

Wand Sheath

Wondrous item, common (requires attunement by a Warforged)

A Wand Sheath clamps onto your arm and imparts the following benefits:

  • The Wand Sheath can’t be removed from you while you’re attuned to it.
  • You can insert a wand into the sheath as an action. The sheath can hold only one wand at a time.
  • You can retract or extend a wand from the sheath as a bonus action. While the wand is extended, you can use it as if you were holding it, but your hand remains free.

If a sheathed wand requires attunement, you must attune to the wand before you can use it. However, the Wand Sheath and the attached wand count as a single magic item with regard to the number of magic items you can attune to. If you remove the wand from the sheath, your attunement to the wand ends.