D&d 5e Storytelling Advice: Creating Sentient Magic Items – Inspiration And Power Level

We’re gonna open up and we can create our own from scratch so we’ve done a lot of that with our intro and our common uncommon rare and very rare and it might be a fun exercise if instead we del coroner’s in fashionably late if we randomly roll a magic item off of off of the the table and then.

We will apply a sentient status to it of some variety and that way I mean if we want to create a custom sentient item from scratch we may all though giving sentient Stu an item is a process like creating an item so for purposes.

Of us being able to create a couple different sentient items in this part I figured let’s use an item that we may already be familiar with it’s generated in the DM G and apply apply the methodology.

To it I know da Thames isn’t that right and.

Came in you know he had his top hat and you know in his very fine cane a two-tailed coat and you know clearly that means that Dell corn must have won the.

Powerball tonight or he has some some.

That he’s gonna pick up that 1.
6 billion dollar Mega Millions lottery result on Tuesday so his confidence is just oozing through the through the chatting screen see I called it right there you go Dell Koren there’s a custom custom disadvantage for you they can be made through strong magic I think there’s a lot of ways that we can actually explore making sentient items as well we kind of dabbled with sentient items and cursed items with one of the items we made last night 18 and 10 yeah I’m.

Disadvantaged you still want it there you go you know go get you a ticket Dell Koren you defeated that lion yeah and you won that epic last night and and and then you would say you want an epic.

Last night and you won the level one adventure tonight the gamblers fallacy states that.

Winning streak and you are due a big payoff okay let’s go through uh you know DD class class open your your Dungeon Master’s guides your or dmg s as I know you kids call them in the in.

The locker rooms and hallways when us teachers aren’t listening open them up to page 214 and we are.

Going to go over bro flyer no we’re talking about the lottery not a miniature raffle I mean there are those if you want to sponsor a box to put up for a raffle you.

Certainly May but I’m not gonna be running a miniature raffle on this segment.

I just have this one last box of monster menagerie and then I have a couple more boxes of dragon Heist beyond this that’s up to you bro plier alright some magic items possess sentience and personality such an item.

Might be possessed haunted by the spirit of a previous owner oh snap hey coffee cat welcome thank you very much for that host brother we are on page 214 of the dmg if I.

Jackpot on Mega Millions I’ll totally sponsor a box I could afford it well thank you Dell corn I I very much appreciate that sentiment or self-aware things.

The magic used to create it in any case the item behaves like a character.

Complete with personality quirks ideals bonds and sometimes flaws a sentient item might be a cherished ally to its wielder or a continual thorn in the side most sentient items are weapons other kinds of items can manifest Sencha can manifest sentient but consumable items such as potions and Scrolls are never sentient I.

Can understand why I think it would still be a fun challenge if you came across.

A sentient potion or scroll of some of some variety think of that think of the the moral challenge you’d.

Have if you had like a some sort of.

A a life restoring potion like a curative potion.

But it it had a life of its own and it came down to the point where if you don’t give this potion to.

Your your friend or family member your friend or family member will die and yet if the potion is consumed the entity inside of that potion might very well die as well whose life is more important in that in that circumstance or you carry around a scroll of some kind of a spell and you know your backs to the wall and a bunch of kobolds are coming in or a bunch of works.

Or you know some Lizard Men or something or coming in to try and get you and you need that fireball spell in order to put them down your life is in danger but you know as soon as that spell is cast that it’s.

Gone the you know this this life force this sentient it will.

Be gone maybe it’s a hundred-year-old scroll and it’s just observed things throughout history what’s more important in the moment your life or the consciousness of a magical item I think that’s good role-playing fodder for you it’d be proof.

I didn’t forget about you little people thank you tell Corrin D Adams you don’t have.

Your book again this is like the second or third time now shame on you III don’t know am I gonna have to send.

You out into the hallway to hold a bucket of water am I gonna have to send you to see the principal tut.

Tut exactly a moral dilemma I mean it not that you can’t have a moral dilemma with a sword or magical boots or a cape or.

Something you can but think about a consumable item right it’s gone and it’s gone expressly by your use of that.

Item you know you’re making a conscious decision in you know for your own from presumably for your own benefit to to consume the magic holding this consciousness together dm’s in my best Spicoli voice something happened to man sentient magic items function as npcs under the.

DMS control any activated property of the item is under the items control not its wielders bear that in mind now your DM.

Might relinquish control back to you as a PC but this is also.

Why introducing sentient items require some caution in your campaign or your campaign world because suddenly the the the story can shift dramatically to focus on an item and not the characters who are playing through oh brother 12 thank you so much for that host as.

The wielder maintains a good relationship with the item the wielder can access those properties normally if the relationship is stay is straight and by the way it says a relationship it just doesn’t just mean attunement it’s not an automatic you know it’s not an automatic thing let’s see if the relationship is strained the item can suppress its activated properties or even turn them.

Against the wielder you know you don’t have enough badges to control that Charizard my friends if you think about it living golems are sentient magical items is oftentimes the easiest way to make.

One is to strip the sentience from something and put it into the.

Item and hey Cake Boss welcome back oh cool thank you brother yeah awesome thank you so much I really appreciate you going out of your way to do that alright so creating a sentient magical item when you decide to make magic items sentient you create the items persona in the same way you would create an NPC with a few exceptions described here.

Sentient magic item has intelligence wisdom and charisma and you know we can choose you know we can generate stats that’s fine it has a method of communication which there’s a percentile chart we can roll on it also has census with sentient scums.

Awareness a sentient item can perceive its surroundings out to a limited range you can choose its census or role on.

The following table it has an alignment right it has an ideal it has a way of expressing itself if this sentient doesn’t care about the well-being of others it’ll probably be more of an evil item because it.

Just wants to get the job done it doesn’t matter who wields it it doesn’t matter about feelings it doesn’t matter about moral conundrums you know I was made I was made to well we’ll go off the the popular manga turned into an anime recently of goblin slayer which is a mature title by the way so I’m gonna throw that out there but you know you.

Have a sword that just says I was made to kill goblins I.

Don’t care if it’s an elderly Goblin in infant goblin that was just born like a day or two ago I don’t care if it if it’s you know if you’re putting me through the throat of a pregnant goblin I don’t care if you’re if you you know if you’re going to the there’s a local tribe of goblins that actually isn’t a healthy economic relationship with the.

Local towns folk there’s no animosity they don’t raid a goblin as a goblin.

To this thing and if that’s what it’s meant to do it’s going to convince compel or withdraw it’s it’s um powers from you because you’re not doing what it was meant to do hey Zetas welcome back um well not necessarily what I described you could have a chaotic neutral alignment that could be a lawful evil very much what I described could be a.

Lawful evil style alignment and remember.

I throw this out here often when we talk about.

Alignment and I’m not shy about doing it multiple times over broadcasts don’t think of good and evil or law and chaos as black and white terms or is the kind of like Disney’s star wars of fied you know good is absolute good indistinguishable evils absolute evil and distinguishable everything is in balance of good and bad.

You know think of evil as more selfish you have selfish intentions you care about yourself more than others and you’re.

Willing to sacrifice the happiness wealth or well-being of others to attain your goals now your goals don’t have to be to burn down an orphanage and kick a puppy in the street either you know you could you could have.

A very selfish Bend that you.

Know you have an ideology like my you know my religion is correct over others and people who don’t share it I’m sorry I know I’m correct and.