Tuesday Magic Item – Reporter’s Notepad11 September, 2012
I was chasing down “Big Mike” Mahoney for a quote about what his boys had been doing during the dock strike that became a riot when a bigger fish passed by in the form of Reginald “Golden Reg” Rymond, owner of the Golden Sea Shipping Line.
“Mr Rymond!’ I called, “Any comment on the dock strike?”
His bodyguard, big as a gorilla and twice as ugly, tried to block my way but my press card and notepad caused him to pause. Rymond sighed. “Walk with me, muckraker, I can spare you a few minutes.”
I smirked and flipped open my notebook, “So, about the strike . . .”
These notepads are usually held in leather cases, though canvass, metal and even wood are occasionally used. Most are personalized by their owner, usually noting their name and organization. They all have some way to seal them, be it tied string, clasp lock or something more exotic.
The notepad can only be opened by its owner and those the owner has given permission to (up to six), the magic of the notepad keeps the enclosed pages, and anything tuck into them, safe.
The notepad gives the bearer a +3 competence bonus to Charisma-based skills used to get access to a source or story or when interviewing a subject. The bearer also gains a +1 competence bonus to resist Fear and Intimidation effects.
Aura faint abjuration and transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 2,000; Weight ½ lbs
Craft Wondrous Item, arcane lock, eagle’s splendor, endure elements, mage armor; Cost 1,000
It is rumored that some of these notepads are cursed and if the proper phrase is spoken by the subject of an interview, the reporter becomes very credulous of what the subject is saying, suffering a -10 penalty to their Sense Motive skill and a -2 to any Will saves against the subject’s wiles.
Notes: A bit more modern magic, but reporters can exist in any world with the right society and technology.