Q: Dear Sage,
If I make a magic item as a warforged component (Eberron Campaign Setting, 268), can I choose for it not to take up the normal body slot by paying double the normal cost?
A: The description of warforged components states that “components that do not occupy any space on the body cost twice what they would cost as ordinary magic items.”
That doesn’t let you get around the normal body slot requirement; it says that items that don’t need slots cost twice the normal price.
If you craft a ring of protection +1 as a warforged component, it costs just what a normal item of that type would cost and takes up a ring slot.
If you craft a bag of holding as a warforged component, it costs twice what a normal bag of holding would cost to create (since it doesn’t normally take up a body slot).
Theoretically, you could craft a warforged component that didn’t take up the normal body slot it requires, but that should cost at least four times normal:
- Double normal cost as per the guidelines on Table 7–33: Estimating Magic Item Gold Piece Values in the DMG, and
- Double normal cost for non-slotted items turned into warforged components.
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