Tuesday Magic Item – Portable Desk31 January, 2017
“That fellow does not seem unduly burdened by his massive load,” Voddick pointed with the stem of his pipe to the lone traveler approaching with a massive wooden box on his back, which he barely seemed to bend under.
Gollaon looked and started. “I am not surprised. That is Master Measure, the Imperial Auditor, and the chest upon his back carries his work desk.”
“An Auditor? That cannot mean good things for our employer.”
“Perhaps we should draw our pay from the quartermaster directly,” suggested Gollaon, already making his way in that direction.
These items are made for the bureaucrat on the go, while some are decorated with elaborate carvings and even gilt-work, most are simply extremely well made desks of durable wood. Prepared for travel, they are either the size of a trunk or a large box on a backpack frame, depending on the particular version.
It is a complete desk with multiple locking drawers, sometimes with useful tools (an abacus for example) and holders for pens and ink built into the surface. The whole is very resistant to damage (hardness 12, 30 hit points) and its contents cannot be damaged unless the desk itself is destroyed.
Prepared for travel, it is heavy (100 lbs.) but not nearly as heavy as the desk and it contents should be and it is even more resistant to casual damage (hardness 15, 60 hit points).
Folding or unfolding the desk is the work of minutes and requires the proper keys (DC 30 or higher and often arcane locked) or an understanding of the puzzle-box nature (Intelligence check DC 18) of the design or both to fully complete.
Aura moderate transmutation; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 7,500; Weight 250+ lbs
Craft Wondrous Items, arcane lock, fabricate, protection from energy, shrink item; Cost 3,750
For D&D 5E:
Wondrous item, uncommon
First three paragraphs as above (ignoring PF specific terms).
Folding or unfolding the desk is the work of minutes and requires the proper keys (DC 20 or higher and often arcane locked) or an understanding of the puzzle-box nature (Intelligence check DC 17) of the design or both to fully complete.
Notes: Another travel related item to round out the month. How else should bureaucrats travels but with their desks easily to hand?