With the introduction of Tyranny of Dragons to the Forgotten Realms, I have been reading through several older texts from past editions to refresh my memory of the Cult. During my readings, I came across several magical items created by Dragons, for Dragons, and supposedly only useable by Dragons. These artifacts were collected in the TSR 1998 sourcebook Cult of the Dragon. These items are collected in a PDF download below.
The exception to this, of course, is the first item (The Ring of Dragons) which is taken from Ed Greenwood’s article about the Cult in Dragon Magazine #110. Also, I have include three other items from D&D 3.5 that might be interesting to add into the campaign during Rise of Tiamat.
As I mentioned before, these magical items are useable only by Dragons according to the sourcebook. However, a Dungeon Master could decide to allow creatures like Half-Dragons, Dragonborn, or even Dragonblooded creatures to wield the items, as well. Within the storyline of Tyranny of Dragons, devious Dungeon Masters might even allow these items to be used by anyone wearing the Dragon Masks.
Download: PDF: “Dragon Magic Items”
THE RING OF DRAGONS
This normal looking brass ring is worn only by powerful Cult members. There are perhaps seventy such rings in existence. These rings are activated only by the will of the wearer, who can cause such a ring to become a beacon for all Dragonkind, confined to the Plane of the wearer, but of unlimited range. The twinkling and mental calling is visible and audible only to dragons. (Unlike the Draakhorn from Rise of Tiamat.) Only Evil dragons will hear, see, and feel the call. The dragon is not compelled to respond and the ring doesn’t give any power over dragons at all. The calling will continue until the wearer wishes it to stop or the ring is removed from the wearer’s hand. The beacon gives a pinpoint location for the dragon to follow to the ring, should the dragon choose to respond. The ring also empowers any wearer to communicate verbally in any dragon tongue, and telepathically with any true dragon. Lastly, the ring allows for the wearer to create an illusion of a dragon (1/day) although this illusion is meant more as a diversion tactic. Any true dragon viewing the illusion will not be deceived by it. The ring itself is valued at 15,000 gold.
These always come in pairs — two iron rings, each about 18 inches in diameter. The rings must be on the same plane of existence and within 100 miles of each other to function. Whatever is put through one ring comes out the other, and up to 100 pounds of material can be transferred each day. (Objects only partially pushed through and then retracted do not count.) This useful device allows for instantaneous transport of items or messages, and even attacks. A character can reach through to grab things near the other ring, or even stab a weapon through if so desired. Alternatively, a character could stick his head through to look around. A spellcaster could even cast a spell through a ring gate. Creatures of Tiny, Diminutive, or Fine size can pass through easily. Each ring has a “entry side” and an “exit side,” both marked with appropriate symbols. Price 40,000 gp; Weight 1 lb. each.
This +3 Greatsword also grants the wielder a +3 resistance bonus against breath weapons and spells from all dragons. It also has the unusual property of buzzing loudly whenever a true dragon is within 30 feet, and this noise is loud enough to awaken and be heard by dragons within ten times that range.
DRAGON BANE FOOTMAN’S LANCE
This is a footman’s lance that glows with a faint silver light in the presence of a dragon. It functions as a +1 weapon against all foes expect a dragon. When used against a dragon, it is +4 to hit and deals x3 damage on a critical hit. The Footman’s Lance or the Infantry Lance was essentially a spear used solely for thrusting. Generally, lances were considered to be a cavalry weapon but foot soldiers used a smaller version of them during the iron age throughout the known world. The main difference between a spear-proper and a footman’s lance is that spears were often designed such that the spear tip broke off upon impact with the target. Lances, conversely, were designed such that the tip would not break off in the hands of the wielder. Other than that, though, a footman’s lance is a spear.