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Gauntlet, Iron Cobra

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th
Slot hands; Price 8,000 gp; Weight 1 Lb.


This elbow-length scaled metal gauntlet flares at the wrist like a cobra’s hood.

Up to three times per day, the wearer way transform the gauntlet into an iron cobra, which crawls from the wearer’s wrist and obeys his commands, leaving behind a simple bracelet of linked scales. Whoever wears the bracelet is the iron cobra’s master. The iron cobra can remain animated for a total of 1 hour per day.

If the snake is within hearing range of the master and commanded to revert to gauntlet form (a standard action), it travels to its master as fast as possible, crawls onto its master’s arm, and as a free action reverts to its inactive shape. If the snake’s duration expires before it can reach its master, it reverts to gauntlet form, but automatically melds with the bracelet if the two touch.

If slain in cobra form, the snake reverts to gauntlet form and cannot be used again for 24 hours. If destroyed in gauntlet form, the item is destroyed. The wearer can refill the iron cobra’s poison reservoir in snake form or gauntlet form.


Craft Wondrous Item, animate objects, discern location, geas/quest; Cost 4,000 gp.