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Friday, August 28, 2009

The Seeker's Tome

This thick tome is bound in bright yellow leather inscribed with runes of divination and scrying. The volume's spine, edges and corners are reinforced with tarnished copper plates that are fastened to the binding with black rivets. The Tome contains 79 pages of the finest vellum, each bearing an ornate hand-drawn border rendered in purple ink on one side, a dense hash of magical runes on the other. If examined for magical properties the Tome radiates Epic divination magic. A Superb test of divination magic will reveal the Tome's powers.

Binding the Page - The owner of the Tome selects a blank page, names a sentient being, and speaks a command word. An image of the target instantly appears upon the page, showing their current appearance and locale. Blocking this effect is a Superb test of anti-scrying magic (and the page remains blank if the block is successful). Once used in this manner the page is forever bound to the chosen target, and can be used in conjunction with the Tome's other powers. This power can be invoked at will, though a blank page is consumed with each successful invocation.

Scrying Touch - Using a bound page, the owner of the Tome can establish a scrying connection to the portrayed target. This connection lasts ten minutes and provides a view of the target and their immediate locale. Blocking this effect is a Superb test of anti-scrying magic. Once the connection ends the page retains the last image of the target. This power can be used up to five times per day, but a single page can only be activated once per day.

Sending - The Tome's owner uses a bound page to establish a mental connection to the target. Sending lasts five minutes and allows two-way mental communication between owner and target. The either party may attempt to use other charm or psychic magics through this link once it is established, though the Tome's owner gains a Good bonus to all such attempts. Blocking a Sending is a Superb test of anti-scrying magic. This power can be used once per day.

The target of a Scrying Touch or Sending can attempt to permanently break the linkage between themselves and the Tome. Breaking the link requires a Legendary success at dispel magic while a connection is active. If a link is successfully broken the associated page turns black and becomes forever useless. A link can be reestablished using a new Binding the Page, but the target gains a Fair bonus to block the attempt.
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