originally posted by Pennarin
Magic Item Descriptions
This new wondrous item supplements the magic items found in Chapter 7 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide.
An old and enduring fashion amongst noblewoman is the wearing of hand or “slave” bracelets. This piece of jewelry, whose position on the body is over the back of the hand, is made of thin cords―either leather, metal wire or small metal chain links―that link from the wrist to one or more fingers forming a web design. Usually hand bracelets are beaded and laced, forming intricate designs.
Unbeknownst to the nobility, practitionners not of etiquette but of sorcery also wear a very similar item: a palm or “master” bracelet whose position is over the palm instead of the back of the hand. While woman’s hand bracelets are often both delicate and intricate, sorcerers’ palm bracelets are rather simple and sturdy. Central to these palm bracelets is a plaque―often of polished ivory or metal―fitted with a gem that enhances the power of certain spells cast.
Palm Bracelet: A plaque resting in the craddle of the palm and attached to the wrist and fingers, a palm bracelet has a hole in its middle in which a gem can be mounted. A wizard with a palm bracelet and casting a spell might enhance the spell if it is of the descriptor or school that the currently mounted gem is set to enhance. Swating a mounted gem for a different one takes 1 minute. Only one gem may be fitted to a palm bracelet at a time. Although a bracelet can be worned on each hand only one can be used on each spell. Palm bracelets are considered gloves when determining how many magic items a character can wear.
Moderate transmutation; CL 7th; Craft Wondrous Item, creator must be 7th level; Price 16,000 Cp.
Gems and Palm Bracelets
Any of the following gems can be added to a palm bracelet. See page 175 of Magic of Faerûn to get examples of what gems can do and what prices they come at.
Tear of Badna: Blue sapphires said to be the cobbings from the Star of Badna’s gemcutting, they come from the mines of Raam and can be bought in that city.
Mounting such a gem in a palm bracelet causes any spell with the mind-affecting descriptor cast by the wearer to have the save DC against it increased by +2. If no saving throw applies or is allowed, it instead adds +2 to the effective caster level of the effect.
Material Cost: 1,000 Cp.
Corpse Stone: The bladder or kidney stones from such creatures as faels and dune runners, these smooth accretions albeit mundane in appearance are said to hold some of the power of the dead.
Mounting such a gem in a palm bracelet causes any necromancy spell cast by the wearer to have the save DC against it increased by +1. If no saving throw applies or is allowed, it instead adds +1 to the effective caster level of the effect.
Material Cost: 1,000 Cp.
To see what a noblewoman’s hand bracelet looks like, go see this site: Hand Bracelets
Also, James Ryman’s Dark Sun pic on the cover of Dungeon Magazine portrays a character with a palm bracelet: Palm Bracelet