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Tuesday Magic Item – Soothsayer Sundial

29 December, 2020

Light Sorceress Sundial“Why are we hiding in a garden in the middle of the night?” asked Voddick in a whisper.

“To see who will avail themselves of the power of the sundial,” answered Gollaon passing a bit of candied fruit to his friend.

“What powers are those?” asked Voddick taking the fruit with a nod of thanks.

“Predictions of the future, I saw it being used at dawn.  But at the deep of night is when one asks about the darkest of deeds.”

Soothsayer Sundial

These sundials are always unique and unusual, speaking of something more than simple time keeping.  They are relatively large and difficult to move and will not work unless aligned properly so that they can display the time.

A soothsayer sundial can be used to divine the future.  It may be used once a day per person but only at four specific times of the day, during which only certain types of questions can be asked:

Time / Question / Offering
Dawn / Romance / Flowers and baked goods
Noon / Business and Work / Drink and incense
Dusk / Travel / Food and representations of mode of travel
Midnight / Sinister Acts / Private secrets and personal items

The effect is that of a Divination spell, each additional 25 of value of the offering increases the effective caster level by one to a maximum of twenty.

Aura moderate divination; CL 10th
Slot none; Price 20,000; Weight 120+ lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, divination; Cost 10,000

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (sundial), very rare

First paragraph as above.

A soothsayer sundial can be used to divine the future.  It may be used once a day per person per long rest but only at four specific times of the day, during which only certain types of questions can be asked:

Time / Question / Offering
Dawn / Romance / Flowers and baked goods
Noon / Business and Work / Drink and incense
Dusk / Travel / Food and representations of mode of travel
Midnight / Sinister Acts / Private secrets and personal items

The effect is that of a Divination spell.

Notes: Something for the New Year.  Let us look into a better future together.

Photo “Sundial sculpture” by David Harber is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

2 comments

  1. “only at four specific points of the during” – should that be “only at four specific points of the day”? It’s in both stat blocks.



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