Malachite Menagerie This item is similar in many ways to the Figurines of Wondrous Power. It consists of a small copper cage with three statuettes of animals inside it, carved from malachite: a badger, a bat, and a boar. Each of the statuettes is about a two inches high. The cage itself has no latch or door. When the correct command word is spoken, one of the statuettes disappears from the cage, and a full sized animal, seemingly made of malachite (and possessed of Hardness 5), appears outside the cage. These creatures obey and serve their owner, and they understand Common but do not speak. Once the owner is done with the creature, she may command it to disappear and reenter the cage. A creature may remain outside of the cage for as long as the owner wishes, but for each hour it spends outside of the cage, the item must remain dormant for two hours. Only one creature can be used at a time. If a creature is killed, it will reform in the cage in one month’s time. Until it reforms, the item is unusable. The three forms are as follows:
Badger: This statuette becomes a dire badger. Unlike a normal dire badger, it does not rage, but it can burrow through solid rock. Bat: This statuette becomes a bat that is capable of communicating with its owner by telepathic means, informing her of all it sees and hears. (Remember the limitations of its Intelligence.) The bat may also be commanded to bear a message just like a creature affected by an animal messenger spell. Boar: This statuette becomes a dire boar. Unlike a normal dire boar, it does not possess the Ferocity extraordinary ability. It does, however, make an excellent mount or beast of burden. When riding it, its owner may handle the boar as a swift action.