Tuesday Magic Item – Pocket Book of Revolution

23 August, 2011

Forbidden by orders of the Magisterium

All copies of the Book of the Common People

Possession equal Treason

Red Book

Bring the Revolution!

Norvis the Blue, Initiate of the People, shook his head at the poster.  The Magisterium was getting desperate, soon their corrupt edifice they called a government would collapse like the rotten husk it was and Norvis would be there to cheer the people on.

His hand tightened around his copy of the Book of the Common People, its truths so sublime that they alone were inspiring the people to rise up.  Even threats of torture and fire, jail and death, would not stop the people from claiming their lands and freedom back.  And tonight, the rising would begin.  And all because of a book.

Pocket Book of Revolution

These small books, often bound in red cloth or leather, are filled with tightly printed arguments and quotes to bolster the speech and deed of any revolutionary.

The book provides its bearer with confidence in their own abilities, providing a +1 competence bonus on Bluff and Diplomacy checks.  The Diplomacy bonus is increased to +5 when the bearer is making a speech and understands the local conditions, has Knowledge (local) or has spent at least a month learning to local area.

Once a day, the book’s keeper may make an impassioned speech to the faithful (taking at least one minute) at the end of which, all of those listening who agree with the message gain a +1 morale bonus to attack rolls and to saves against fear for a number of minutes equal to the owner’s Diplomacy check.

Aura faint enchantment; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 2,000; Weight .5 lb
Requirements Create Wondrous Items, Eagle’s Splendor, Heroism, Suggestion; Cost 1,000 (+80 xp for D&D)

Notes: An inexpensive enough item that many agents, or true believers, could be provided with them to undermine the hated enemy, whomever that may be.

Photo by Jo Naylor and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


  1. Great item. I think non-weapon things like this are exactly the sort of thing that would exist in a fantasy world, but too often get short shrift.

    • Thank you.

      I suspect the Red Menace in the City uses similar items in their sinister plans.

  2. Another great book! Keep them coming.

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