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Tuesday Magic Item – Traveller’s Helpful Book

25 May, 2021

Book“Books are not your usual purchase,” said Gollaon.

“The inscription on the front sold it to me,” said Voddick with a smile.  He showed the book to his friend.

“‘Panic not’, this reminds me of something.”

“Yes?  That does not surprise me, your knowledge of unusual things is unrivaled.”

“Well thank you my friend, it is good to have my talents recognized.”

Traveller’s Helpful Book

These books are deceptively slim, marked on the cover (in friendly letters) is the motto “Panic Not”.  The interior of the book is filled with information on more pages than could possibly fit into the volume.

Having the book in one’s possession is comforting, providing the owner with a +4 morale bonus to saves against fear

The owner of the book can speak the name of a location or thing and the book will page to it, containing some information on the subject, though asking about a specific subject (such as “t)his sword here, with an emerald set in the cross guard”) is likely to get a general replies (Subject “Swords, sword come in many types . . .”)

In most cases, this will provide a +5 competence bonus to appropriate knowledge checks.  The GM should roll a 2D6 whenever it is used, on a 2, the information is dangerous dated or misleading, on a 3, the entry is so short as to provide no bonus but on a 12, the owner gains a particularly useful insight to the situation at hand.

Consulting the book takes 2d6 minutes (unless a “3” is rolled by the GM) and it can only be used a number of times a day equal to the base Will save of the owner.

Aura moderate divination; CL 11th
Slot neck; Price 1,500; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, clairvoyance, legend lore, owl’s wisdom; Cost 750

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (book), uncommon (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

Having the book in one’s possession is comforting, providing advantage the owner when making saving throws against fear

The owner of the book can speak the name of a location or thing and the book will page to it, containing some information on the subject, though asking about a specific subject (such as “t)his sword here, with an emerald set in the cross guard”) is likely to get a general replies (Subject “Swords, sword come in many types . . .”)

In most cases, this will provide advantage on the appropriate Intelligence rolls.  The DM should roll a 2D6 whenever it is used, on a 2, the information is dangerous dated or misleading, on a 3, the entry is so short as to provide no bonus but on a 12, the owner gains a particularly useful insight to the situation at hand.

Consulting the book takes 2d6 minutes (unless a “3” is rolled by the GM) and it can only be used a number of times  equal to the owner’s proficiency bonus, then the owner must take a long rest before using it again.

Notes: Inspired by the fact that today is Towel Day, a celebration of the life and works of Douglas Adams, who created The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, to which this is an obvious tribute.

Photo “Old book” by latteda is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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