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Tuesday Magic Item – Windrose Compass

19 November, 2019

Wither goest thou?Voddick stopped to mop his brow.  “From heroic last stands to being lost in the desert, our lives are never dull.”

“Our guide will find the way, my friend, do not worry,” said Gollaon adjusting the brim of his wide hat.

“Indeed not,” said the guide producing an elegant compass, “we shall soon be on our way again.”

Voddick just nodded.

“Lead the way,” said Gollaon.

Just then a cooling breeze washed over them.  “That is the sign for us to move on,” said the guide, waving the group forward.

Windrose Compass

These compasses are beautifully made and decorated with a mix of cartographic and magical symbols, they are also surprisingly tough able to survive considerable abuse.

It serves as a very accurate compass, a +5 circumstance bonus on Survival checks made to avoid becoming lost.  It can also be used to navigate underground (providing half the bonus, +3) to Knowledge (dungeoneering) checks made for such purposes.

While holding the compass, you can shift the winds around you (in a 30′ radius around you) one point on the compass and increase or decrease the wind speed by up to one tenth of their speed and warmed or chilled by 5 degrees F (3 degrees C).  This can be used for a total of an hour plus five minutes per level of the user per day, in increments of at least half an hour for each use.

If the compass still has an hour or more of use left, all of the day’s wind energy can be expended in a single Gust of Wind (DC 15).

Aura moderate divination and evocation; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 7,500; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, gust of wind, owl’s wisdom; Cost 3,750

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (compass), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

It serves as a very accurate compass, provides advantage on an ability rolls to avoid becoming lost or to navigate, working both above and below ground.

While holding the compass, you can shift the winds around you (in a 30′ radius around you) one point on the compass and increase or decrease the wind speed by up to one tenth of their speed and warmed or chilled by 5 degrees F (3 degrees C).  This can be used for a total of an hour plus five minutes per level of the user, in increments of at least half an hour for each use.  The duration reset to full after a long rest.

If the compass still has an hour or more of use left, all of the day’s wind energy can be expended in a single Gust of Wind (DC 13).

Notes: Inspired by picture of the day on Wikipedia and it just seemed like a useful item.

Image Replica of a wind rose from the chart of Jorge de Aguiar, 1492 by Alvesgaspar, found on Wikimedia Commons, and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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