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Tuesday Magic Item – Eavesdropper’s Earring

23 August, 2016

Good for twoVoddick sipped at his wine.  “Well, serving as bodyguards at a party is not a bad job.”  His free hand fiddled with his collar.  “Even if the clothes are a bit ridiculous.”

“You have no sense of fashion, my fiend,” replied Gollaon scanning the crowd.  “Take a note of the young woman by the arch, she is an agent but I am not sure if she is an ally or enemy.”

“The one with the long braid and the distracted look?”

“Precisely. Let me know if you see her playing with her earring.”

“As you wish,” said Voddick following the statement with another sip of wine.

Eavesdropper’s Earring

These earrings are fashionable but not overly flashy, except for often being set with multiple stones or decorative elements.  The other component of this item are one, or more, “echo anchors” of at least coin size with an ear displayed upon them, usually worked into the design of a portrait of a person or animal.

Look at those earsWhile not using the other power of the earring, it provides a +5 bonus to Perception checks that are based on hearing.  Touching the earring, or a specific stone or decorative element, allows the wearer to hear what is going on around the keyed echo anchor as long as it is within 600′ for up to five minutes.  The distance listening can be used up to three times per day per echo anchor.

While using the distance listening, the user is distracted to events around them, suffering a -1 penalty to Perception checks raised to -5 to those reliant on hearing.

Aura faint divination; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 1,500 + 1,000 per echo anchor; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, clairaudience, owl’s wisdom; Cost 750 + 500 per echo anchor

For D&D5:

Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement)

Descriptive paragraph as above.

While not using the other power of the earring, it provides advantage on Perception checks that are based on hearing.  Touching the earring, or a specific stone or decorative element, allows the wearer to hear what is going on around the keyed echo anchor as long as it is within 600′ for up to five minutes.  The distance listening can be used up to three times per day per echo anchor.

While using the distance listening, the user is distracted to events around them, suffering disadvantage on Perception checks reliant on hearing.

Notes: Magical spytech, limited but useful and good for missions where the echo anchor have to be planted or retrieved.

Earring photo by Carley Knight used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license and coin photo by Amanda Slater used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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One comment

  1. A great accoutrement for the right kind of thief.



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