Ah, magic shoes! The plot of many a wondrous and fantastical story. Winged sandals, seven-league boots, spring-heeled shoes, ruby slippers – and more, of course, when we look at the fantasy adventurers of our favorite roleplaying games, the panoply expands: Slippers of Spider Climbing; Boots of Elvenkind, Speed, Swiftness, Striding and Springing, Teleportation… You get my drift.
So, of course, in a world of magic shoes there are those who prey upon magic shoes. The shoe thief is an odd meta-creature in the fantasy roleplaying world – it hits heroes where it often hurts the most. It is set upon a spellcaster or supernatural creature’s foes in order to weaken them. If heroes have wronged such a creature, well… they might wake up with missing boots.
Honestly, who doesn’t take off their shoes when they sleep?
Beyond the threat of revenge, a Shoe Thief might have been summoned to target a powerful patron or friend of the players. A duke or duchess’s bejeweled wedding shoes could cause all manner of upset should they go missing, and even a cursory inspection with divination spells and mundane expertise would determine that a supernatural thief was responsible.
The inspiration and art for the shoe thief come from a 15th Century Book of Hours. It is part of the Public Domain Adventures series, all based on works in the public domain.
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