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Tuesday Magic Item – Guildsmith’s Glass

11 June, 2019

Look closelyVoddick investigated the magnifying glass with care. “I recognize this guild work, it is from the Clocksmith Guild of Novari.”

“The city-state?” asked Gollaon leaning over to look.

“Yes, one where the guilds rule in all but name,” he replied, cleaning the lens with care.  “Such a tool is a sign of status and favor as well as being a practical aid.”

“Indeed?”

Voddick nodded and spoke a phrase and the glass floated in the air.  He picked up a letter and the glass moved to aid him in reading it.

“Useful.”

Guildsmith’s Glass

These magnifying glasses are only of the finest craftsmanship and usually bear decoration both of the guild that created it and the guild that commissioned it, the commissioning guild being most prominent of course.  Decoration will depend on the guilds involved, with those of the jewelers guild often bearing a small fortune in gems for example, while those of the locksmith guild being notable more practical in appearance.

By speaking a command word or phrase, the magnifying glass is animated by an invisible force and places itself to magnify, if the most helpful way it can, whatever the owner is working upon.  This provides a +2 equipment bonus to any task that would be improved by such aid.

A separate command word, cause it to stop being animated and it sets itself down on the nearest flat surface.  If it is floating around the character while they are trying to do any other task, it imposed a -1 circumstance penalty on all skill checks and attack rolls because of its distraction.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 3rd
Slot none; Price 2,700; Weight .5 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, owl’s wisdom, unseen servant; Cost 1,350

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (magnifying glass), rare

First paragraph as above.

By speaking a command word or phrase, the magnifying glass is animated by an invisible force and places itself to magnify, if the most helpful way it can, whatever the owner is working upon.  This provides advantage any task that would be improved by such aid.

A separate command word, cause it to stop being animated and it sets itself down on the nearest flat surface.  If it is floating around the character while they are trying to do any other task, it imposed disadvantage on the first attribute or attack roll made because of its distraction.

Notes: Inspired a little bit by the Clockworkers of the The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, which is a very good read (and the link is an affiliate link, so I get a pittance if you buy through it) and the fact that guilds do not seem to get much support in the magical side of things

Photo by shakko, found on Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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