Tuesday Magic Item – Eternal Deed

30 August, 2011

The joint law offices and temple to the god of contracts hummed with activity.  There were always those who needed legal opinions and contracts in the city of merchants.  Not everyone was willing to accept a traders word, some required more.  The lawyer-priests were happy to oblige, for a small fee, acting as witnesses, advisers, oathkeepers and -very rarely- enforcers of contracts.

For the most important of deed, only the most secure of certificate would do, and those with the wealth to demand them often did.  These too, the lawyer priests would provide, blessed to be ageless and sealed to prove their provenance.

Eternal Deed

These legal documents are often heavy scrolls or, more rarely, bound into books gathering a variety of them (sometimes called a cartulary).  In any case, they are always on durable material and usually festooned with wax or lead seals at the bottom.

These deeds record the proper owner of a piece of land or property, when transferred by a lawful and legal authority the deed -if present- records the new information.  Past owners and information being relegated to increasingly smaller and finer print on the bottom or even back of the page.

Eternal deeds are very difficult to destroy having a hardness of 6 and 15 hit points (and a hardness of 8 in a cartulary).

Aura moderate divination; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 1,000; Weight 1 lb
Requirements Create Wondrous Items, arcane mark or command, discern lies or detect thoughts, lesser geas or mark of justice, mage armor or shield of faith, make whole; Cost 500 (+40 xp for D&D)

Adventure Seed: Finding a set of these scroll showing ownership, as of several generations ago, of local lands and properties could put a group of characters into a very interesting situation.  Who do they back?  And why?

Notes: Inspired by Hemming’s Cartulary.  Considering the magics involved, it could be priced higher but I wanted it to be (barely) affordable for the richest people in the land, if mass produced their price could be dropped further.  The wide choices in spell requirement are so that they could be built by an arcane or divine caster.


  1. Of course, it might even reveal that the orcs have a better legal claim to the Darkstone Mountains than the dwarves… 😉

    • That could prove troublesome. Perhaps I should make a greater version that curses anyone who tries to destroy it.

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