According to legend, Hegress was an accomplished burglar in Kyoviss, about three centuries ago. She targeted the Domlia Line, a cabal of wizards united by family blood. The legend varies on minor points; was she jilted by a Domlian wizard? Was she an illegitimate child refused entry to study? Was she a spy from a rival Line? No one is certain exactly.
For ten years, she repeatedly broke into their towers and sold their precious tomes, objects, and secrets back to them. Each time, she offered to leave them alone if they would craft for her an item she desired. As her following grew, the wizards realized that this problem could well outlast her lifetime. Frustrated by a decade of failing to stop or kill her, they finally asked her to solve a problem for them.
One tale suggests it was to raid the fortress of the Hylmathia. Another that she was to marry an idiot in the Line, to clear the way for more suitable pairings with other siblings. Another, that she finally kidnapped the Matriarch of the Line. In any case, the wizards created her mystic object, to her satisfaction. As far as the legend goes, they all lived happily ever after.
A favorite variation is that Hegress had a child who was learning to be a thief, and Hegress wanted to offer motherly assistance without smothering the budding scoundrel. Surely a thief of Hegress’ caliber did not need an enchanted cloak like this. She must have gotten it for someone else. Sadly, the world is unlikely to ever sort the truth from the tangle of legends in the mist of the past.
The Hegress Darkwrap
Appears to be a dark brown cloak with a deep cowl. It adjusts its fit to the wearer, from Halfling size to Ogre size. It has a number of traits.
- Shield. If the bearer has a free hand, the cloak grants -1 armor class as a shield.
- Blade. The bearer may draw a dagger, shortsword, or longsword from the cloak. If the weapon is replaced, it remains available to draw. If it is out for more than a day, the weapon vanishes, and a week later, the ability is once again available to the bearer.
- Rope. The bearer may draw a knotted 30’ rope with a grapple from the cloak. If the rope is replaced, it remains available to draw. If it is out for more than a day, the rope vanishes, and a week later, the ability is once again available to the bearer.