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Tuesday Magic Item – Quizzing Glass of Quizzicalness (A to Z)

20 April, 2021

Watching you, quizzing youVoddick finished cleaning his cosh.  “For ruffians they were not willing to put up much of a fight.”

“I suspect they were hired to put a scare into us and were not expecting us to fight back,” said Gollan.

“Our charge was more competent than I expected with that cane they carry,” said Voddick.

“Yes, between the three of us, we gave them a solid beating.”

“Indeed,” said Voddick, “but we must be more careful from now on.  The next group will be more serious, and more dangerous, when it comes to turning our client from their path.”

Quizzing Glass of Quizzicalness

These are quizzing glasses, a lens on a handle, some are magnifying lenses, other corrective, and the handles range from simple to extravagant.  They are often worn on a chain or ribbon around the neck.  While useful for investigation they also have their place as social tools.

Beyond its functional use as a magnifying device using the quizzing glass for investigation gives the user a +5 competence bonus to any skill check that would be aided by close, visual observation such as noting cracks in a knife blade or the precise ways the letters were written in a document.  But this takes time and it cannot be used in a stressful situation (such as combat).

Additionally, it can be used to in a social situation, to glare though at someone or look down upon.  It can only be used once against a person in any particular social encounter and it give the bearer a +5 competence bonus on a single, opposed social roll.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 3,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, eagle’s splendor, owl’s wisdom; Cost 1,500

For D&D 5E:

wondrous item (quizzing glass), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

Beyond its functional use as a magnifying device using the quizzing glass for investigation gives the user advantage  to any attribute roll that would be aided by close, visual observation such as noting cracks in a knife blade or the precise ways the letters were written in a document.  But this takes time and it cannot be used in a stressful situation (such as combat).

Additionally, it can be used to in a social situation, to glare though at someone or look down upon.  It can only be used once against a person in any particular social encounter and it give the bearer advantage on a single, opposed attribute roll made during a social setting.

Notes: Useful tool for masons or inquisitives or, possibly, even astrologers.  I am sure player character can find even more ways to make it useful.

Image “Fashion Plate (Evening Dress) LACMA M.86.266.378” by is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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