Tuesday Magic Item – Botanical Book15 December, 2015
“Books are not my favourite item to acquire as spoils,” said Voddick morosely, “they are heavy, have to be kept dry and finding a buyer is difficult.”
“But at least they are often quite valuable,” replied Gollaon, stuffing several more volumes into his backpack.
“True and you have some good contacts in the scholarly trade,” nodded Voddick placing another book into his bag.
“That one will be worth a score of dragons* or more.”
(*The Gold Dragon is the most valuable coin of the Draconic Imperium in common circulation.)
These book are bound in strong waxed leather, water-proofed canvass or similar material to protect the pages within. The pages are equally heavy and designed to resist tears. Each page has an illustration of a plant which range from black and white sketches to fully painted and a full description of the plant and its uses are noted.
The book is a superb reference book for the plant illustrated within, providing a +4 competence bonus to appropriate Knowledge (nature) check and to Heal checks that can use herbal remedies and cures. But the clever part, is that the book can store samples of the plants illustrated, the illustration shows how much is stored:
Sketch, nothing, Complete ink drawing, one unit. Colored by water color, two units. Fully painted, three units (the maximum).
Tracing the illustration and speaking the name of the plant causes one unit of the plant to appear, while holding a unit of the plant in one hand and tracing the image, stores it.
Aura moderate transmutation; CL 9th
Slot – ; Price 8,000; Weight 2 lb
Craft Wondrous Item, fabricate, owl’s wisdom, secret page, creator must have 8 or more ranks of Knowledge (nature); Cost 4,000
Notes: Inspired by one of the character in the Petrichor game.
Image of Joseph Banks, noted botanist, as a boy from Wikimedia Commons and is in the Public Domain.