Quizzing Glass (A to Z Challenge, Q)

20 April, 2015

Quizzing Glass

The better to see you withThe quizzing glass is a monocle on a stick, popularized by the dandies in our world.  In the Sea of Stars, quizzing glasses (and monocles) are widely used for embedding vision-based magics into.  They were first popularized by the Empress in the second century of her rule when she undertook a tour of the entirety of her realm and used a variety quizzing glasses throughout.

While their popularity has waxed and waned over the years, the quizzing glass has never entirely vanished from the available fashion accessories for the wealthy and several have become heirlooms passed down through family lines.

One of the most common types is the:

Quizzing Glass of Aura Sight

Always made of the finest materials, the lens is of finely ground gemstone, usually with a gold frame, though the rod may be made of any of a variety of exotic and valuable materials.  The rod is decorated with finely engraved runes that can only be seen under close examination.

The quizzing glass lets the viewer notice auras, in a faint and indistinct manner which reveals clues to their emotional state.  It gives a +1 bonus to Diplomacy and Sense Motive checks against anyone observed for a full minute who is interacted win in the next hour.  If used while interacting someone, the bonus to Sense Motive increases to +3, but the bonus to Diplomacy is lost.

Additionally, illusions and disguises are partly revealed, and using the quizzing glass provides a +1 bonus to overcome either.

Aura faint divination; CL 5th
Slot – ; Price 1,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, detect thoughts, owl’s wisdom; Cost 500

Notes: Thanks to my lovely wife for the suggestion.

Quizzing glass from Wellcome Library, London and licensed according to the Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0.


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