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Tuesday Magic Item – Bureaucrat’s Brush

2 November, 2021

Brush&MonkeyVoddick watched the official turn to a new page and tried not to sigh.  Pretending to turn his attention back to his book.  “It cannot be too much longer, can it?” he asked quietly.

Gollaon lounged against a wall.  “It will be done when it is done, trying to hurry it will only cause delays.”

“I know, we have officials like this back in my home too.”

“They are everywhere, it seems, as though generated by the laws of bueaucracy itself.”

“A sad truth.”

Bureaucrat’s Brush

These can be brushes, quills or pens, or whatever else is used as a writing tool in a particular culture.  They are well made and subtly decorated to show the owner’s status without being gaudy..

The owner must use the brush for a week for it to be harmonized with their writing style and hand, once that is done, the brush can be instructed to write.  Given a known form, a ltter or a report for example, it will fill in the standard material (formal introductions and so on) on its own and then wait for instructions, writing what it is directed t in the owner’s own handwriting

A bureaucrat may control a number of these brushes equal to their Charisma modifier (minimum of one) setting them to various routine tasks as needed.

Aura faint conjuration and transmutation; CL 3rd
Slot none; Price 250; Weight
Construction Requirements
Forge Ring, arcane mark, unseen servant; Cost 125

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (brush), common (requires attunement but see below)

First and second paragraph as above.

A bureaucrat may control a number of these brushes equal to their Charisma modifier (minimum of one) setting them to various routine tasks as needed.  While the brush(es) must be attuned to a particular user, they do not count against the limit of magic items attuned.

Notes: Been watching a lot of Korean Drama set in the Joseon period and the bureaucrats are always filling ledgers with careful notes.  If magic was available, they would try to make their tasks easier.

Image “Kazuenokami Kato Kiyomasa Observing a Monkey with a Writing Brush LACMA M.84.31.456 (1 of 2)” by is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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