A shimmer cloak appears as a black cloak of supple cloth with an unusual rippling iridescence in the light. It is usually sized for a human, reaching all the way to the floor. It includes a deep hood.
Dozens of these cloaks have been created over the centuries and the formulae for their enchantment is well known and is taught at wizard schools in several major cities. The first shimmer cloak was invented by Alliance mages. Derivatives and copies soon followed. It is known that the properties of the shimmer cloak react with exposure to light and that the properties of this wondrous item eventually fade and fail. A shimmer cloak will only last 2-3 years before it's magic fails entirely.
A shimmer cloak bends light around the cloth to hide the wearer, rendering the wearer mostly invisibility. However, this invisibility is not perfect. There is a slight shimmer and ripple in the air where light is bent. In addition, there is a slight shadow on the ground where the edges of the cloak meet the ground. Despite these failing, the wearer is very well concealed and only an observant person will notice the faint shimmer that gives the cloak away.
It is likely that the original design for this item was inspired by the shimmer cat.
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