Greetings, all. This post includes three different elements. For one, Wizards of the Coast rereleased the 3.5 D&D rulebooks today; here's hoping that they'll make them available in PDF form, too.
Also, tomorrow (the 19th) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Here is an early holiday greeting.
Finally, detailed below is a new relic, inspired by the life of Captain Woodes Rogers.
Rogers' (Un)Lucky Shot
Somebody, somewhere, when forced to face a painful experience, said, “Bite the bullet.” That person might have had Captain Woodes Rogers in mind. During a battle while on a cruise in the South Sea, Rogers was shot in the mouth with a musket ball. The ball then became lodged in his jaw, and he carried it with him for the next six months. Only after he'd returned to England did he finally find a surgeon who could remove it for him. Someone must at that point have claimed the well-traveled piece of ammunition, if reports of it being used as a charm are to be believed.
In game terms, Rogers' shot provides the person who carries it with the benefits of the Rugged feat. Alternately, it can be loaded into a firearm and used as a +2 wounding shot.
You are physically tough and vigorous.
Benefit: You get a +1 synergy bonus on all Fortitude saving throws and a +2 synergy bonus on all Survival checks.