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Pipes of Pain

The Bagpiper 1624 Oil on panel, 101 cm × 83 cm Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Pipes of Pain
The Bagpiper 1624 Oil on panel, 101 cm × 83 cm Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

These appear to be like any other standard set of pipes with nothing to reveal their true nature.

This material is Open Game Content, and is licensed for public use under the terms of the Open Game License v1.0a.

When played by someone who succeeds on a DC 15 Perform (wind instruments) check, the pipes create a wondrous melody. All within 30 feet must make a DC 14 Will save or be fascinated by the sound. (This is a mind-affecting sonic compulsion.)

As soon as the piping stops, all those affected are stricken by intense pain at even the slightest noise. Unless a character is in a totally silent area, she takes 1d4 points of damage per round for 2d4 rounds. During this time, damage from sonic attacks is doubled. Thereafter, the least noise causes an affected character to become shaken (except when she is in a totally silent area). This hypersensitivity is a curse and therefore hard to remove (see the bestow curse spell).

Faint enchantment and evocation; CL 6th; Craft Wondrous Item, creator must have the bardic music class feature, sound burst; Price 12,000 gp; Weight 3 lb.

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