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This is an armband is made from vampirized human
flesh, bone, and small hematite stones. The true purpose of creating
the armband far exceeds the horror of its appearance. From the imprisoned
un-living body of the vampire Gris-Gris, the necromancer Fonsdemorte
creates and recreates the magic item for the amusement of talking
to the souls of his zombified victims. He would take his zombies
everywhere he went and soon it became dull having no one to speak
to. At dinner he would have various zombies sitting at the table
while using the item to speak to the souls that used to occupy the
corpse. Of course most of the time the souls have not much to say
to the eccentric necromancer except of their pain and suffering.
This, of course, is what Fonsdemorte enjoyed the most.
To this day in the dungeon laboratories of the
wizard it is claimed that you can still here the imprisoned voice
of Gris-Gris as he was never found after Fonsdemorte mysteriously
left the world of the living.
Abilities: It is imbued with magic properties that allow
the wearer to commune with the undead. Expending a charge allows
the user to gain the effects of speak with undead. This is exactly
the same as the 3rd level cleric spell Speak with Dead, cast by
a 10th level cleric, except it affects undead creatures and not
corpses. The target undead must be animated and not slain or otherwise
destroyed. The Gris-Gris is not guaranteed to keep the undead from
attacking or otherwise control of the target. After all charges
are expended the Gris-Gris turns to dust. The Gris-Gris can have
at most 25 charges.
Creation: Caster level: 10, prerequisites: Craft wondrous
item, Speak with undead, Animate dead, the skin and bones of a vampire.
Market price 10,000 GP. Weight 1/4 pound