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Tuesday Magic Item – Traitor’s Tongue

6 February, 2018

Can it speak?“Questioning the dead always makes me uncomfortable,” said Voddick quietly.

“Why?” queried Gollaon is equally soft tones.

“It just seems . . . disrespectful.”

Gollaon nodded.  “I can understand that.  I just worry about any magic that taps into the shadowed lands.  Many things that prowl there have no love for the living.”

“Now I am even more uncomfortable with this.”

Traitor’s Tongue

Some of these are preserved human tongues, others are carved stone, and rarely they are made of the tongue of a devil.  In any case, they are inscribed with runes and sigils to forge a link between our world and the one beyond.

Placed over the heart or mouth of a corpse, allows the one who placed it to speak with dead, but the dead will tell you two truths and a lie.  The petitioner should make a request and then the spirit will give three replies on that theme.  The Traitor’s Tongue can only be used once a day.

Aura moderate necrourgy; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 5,500; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, discern lies, speak with dead; Cost 2,750

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item, rare

First paragraph as above.

Placed over the heart or mouth of a corpse, allows the one who placed it to speak with dead, but the dead will tell you two truths and a lie.  The petitioner should make a request and then the spirit will give three replies on that theme.  The Traitor’s Tongue cannot be used this way again until the next dawn.

Notes: Suggested by Jake Maas and widely fits the theme of the month.  A way to communicate with the dead is always useful and more fun if it comes with complications.

Image “Amulet (Tongue?)” by China via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

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