Tuesday Magic Item – Thief Catching Mirror

8 September, 2020

Mirror, mirrorGollaon frowned and moved to another stall in the market and then another.

“What is the matter?” asked Voddick, joining him with a clay cup of beer.

“All of these fine establishments,” he answered, gesturing to the market, “have poor quality mirrors strung up, no matter what they sell, which make me look terrible.  I cannot stand to see those distorted reflections staring back at me.”

“Vanity, vanity, all is vanity,” commented Voddick with a grin.  “But they are to deter thieves.”

“But few thieves are as handsome as me.”

Thief Catching Mirror

These brass or bronze mirror are mass produced and simple items designed for one purpose, the catch thieves.  The mirrors themselves are not very good, showing warped and blurred images.

They are simple item, waiting until a theft is reflected in it, then they reflect the thief and theft in perfect clarity. . . forever.  The mirror has a knack for catching people so that they are revealed, even if they are disguised or concealed.

Aura faint divination; CL 3rd
Slot none; Price 50; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, detect thoughts, see invisibility, silent image; Cost 25

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (mirror), common

As above.

Notes: Some merchants keep the activated mirrors as a warning to others, others let them be melted down after they are used to see the thief punished.

Turning magic to simple but practical uses is important, these are the sorts of items that should exist in a magical world.

Image “Mirror with Four Leaves” is marked with CC0 1.0 from the Cleveland Museum of Art.


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