Inside Precipice: The Bells of Reckoning

July 13, 2018

Scattered around the town of Precipice are bell towers which serve to mark the passage of the hours, and they can also be rung to warn the population of an impending attack. Each bell has it’s own distinctive note, and a different bell is used for each day of the week. On Monday,it’s the bell in the tower attached to The Gallows saloon, while on Tuesday it’s the train station bell.

When this ghost town was rediscovered, the bell towers were already in place, and nobody knows who forged them. Rumors about the bells’ histories and mystical abilities are as varied as the people who live here.

Each bell was originally paired with a brass-headed hammer attached to a human leg bone, and it’s surmised that these are from medieval Saints. The bone handles were etched with runes of power, and only with one of these hammers can the magic of the bells be harnessed. Most of these bell hammers are lost somewhere in the mines beneath Precipice, but Aunt Sally, proprietor of The Gallows, has one of them.

Here are some suggested powers, as per the spell of the same name. Consider the person who strikes the bell with a hammer to be the caster.:

  • Armor of Agathys. Once used, cannot be used again for 3 days.
  • Conjure Fey. Once used, cannot be used again for 7 days.
  • Create Undead. Once used, cannot be used again for 7 days.
  • Divination. Once used, cannot be used again for 3 days.
  • Fly. Once used, cannot be used again for 3 days.
  • Gate. Once used, cannot be used again for 30 days.
  • Greater Restoration. Once used, cannot be used again for 7 days.
  • Heal. Once used, cannot be used again for 7 days.
  • Invisibility. Once used, cannot be used again for 3 days.
  • Lesser Restoration. Once used, cannot be used again for 3 days.
  • Summon Lesser Demons. Once used, cannot be used again for 7 days.
  • Summon Greater Demons. Once used, cannot be used again for 7 days.

Each bell could have its own theme, history, or guardian. They may have requirements for use, such as having a specific alignment. Bell owners have hypothesized that if 3 or more bells are struck in unison to create a chord, some great event may be triggered, but as of yet, this has not been tested.

Below is an example.

The Gallows Bell

“I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.” Jeremiah 4:25

This bell does not get its name because of any morose history or abilities, but simply because it’s located above The Gallows saloon.

  • Benefactor: Dabriel, angel
  • Location: Tower above The Gallows saloon
  • Activation requirements: Must be Good aligned for minor powers, Lawful Good for major power. The command phrases are taken from scripture and are engraved on the bell.
  • Granted Minor Power: Fly, Conjure Fey (flying creatures only)
  • Granted Major Power: Divine Word (Must be Lawful Good aligned to use this power. Duration: Upon ringing the bell and uttering the command phrase, the caster has 24 hours to use this power, after which the magic fades. This power cannot be accessed again for 30 days.)

 

 

 

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