Birggin’s Acerbic Dummy
Aura faint illusion; CL 5th
Slot hands; Price 10,000 gp; Weight 8 lbs.
This dapperly-dressed ventriloquist’s dummy can do exactly that, once per day, allow any user to cast the spell ventriloquism; the spell has double duration when the target-source of the ventriloquism is the dummy itself. Though a puppet, birggin’s acerbic dummy gives a +2 masterwork bonus to Perform (act, comedy) instead of Perform (puppetry). By expending bardic performance rounds as a standard action while using the dummy, the user can draw opponents’ ire and attacks by directing scathing comments and observations toward them; enemies within 30 ft. must make a DC 15 Will save or direct a ranged or spell attack at the puppet. If they have no ranged or spell attack available, they must move towards the puppet and respond with threats and oaths, but cannot attack. Once the save is made or an attack is made, the effect ends; those who are adjacent to the dummy must still shout and respond to its jabs until the save is made, while the effect is still ongoing. This is a mind-affecting effect that is language dependent; the user must know a language he and the target have in common for there to be any effect possible.
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, rage, ventriloquism; Cost 5,000 gp