Tuesday Magic Item – Bureaucrat’s Box (for Pathfinder and D&D5)

19 July, 2016

Something like thisVoddick tried to mute a sigh as the bureaucrat reviewed the latest version of the license request.

Gollaon shot him a warning look and shifted his chair to help conceal the noise.

“Well, everything seems in order . . .” the bureaucrat said.  “Now it just needs to be approved by the Permanent Undersecretary for Unusual Trades.”

Gollaon slide a pouch across.  “I am certain this will cover all needed fees.”

The bureaucrat’s grey face managed a watery smile.  “Very good, sir.  It should be ready for you tomorrow.”  He swept the pouch into a drawer and placed the papers in a secure red box.

Gollaon stood, quickly followed by Voddick.  “We shall be back tomorrow.”  Voddick kept his mounth shut until they were well away from the offices.

These solid wooden boxes are usually inscribed or otherwise marked with the symbol of the organization they are made for and the rank of the person who should be using them.  Most have a single lock but those of the higher-ranking members will have multiple locks.  They cannot hold a great amount as they are usually sized to hold a thick sheaf of papers and little more.

The magic of the box is simple, when closed and locked, a command word spoken when turning the key transports the contents of the box to the master box as long as it is within 500′ (152 m).  Each lesser box can be used up to eight times a day but no more than once an hour.

A master box is usually deeper and can be linked to as many as ten lesser boxes, requiring a separate lock and key for each one.  It works the same way, just sending material back to the linked lesser box.  A master box can be used up to twenty times a day and as often as every quarter hour.

Aura moderate conjuration (teleportation); CL 7th
Slot none; Price 500 (7,500 for a master box); Weight 2+ lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, arcane lock, dimension door; Cost 250 (3,750 for a master box)

For D&D5:

Wondrous item, uncommon

Otherwise as above.

Notes: Obviously items such as this will only exist in a high magic stting but a group of adventurers can obviously figure out a multitude of clever things to do with one if they can find a set.

The photo was provided to Wikimedia Commons by the Walters Art Museum and is in the public domain.


  1. So, basically a magical filing system? Man…if we had one of these at work. we would never have had to adopt the Wormhole. Also some of these papers inevitably end up in the Bag of Lost Things….no system is 100% error free.

    • Well, more of a magical file transport system. But, yes, things (especially loose papers and other things that get accidentally scooped in) occasionally just vanish in transport between boxes.

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