Quill of Correspondence

The Quill of Correspondence is a favored magic item of writers, scribes, barristers, spies, and assassins. A weird mix to be sure, but it is due to the quill’s ability to transmit messages secretly over potentially long distances that makes it useful to all of the above.

The Quill of Correspondence itself will radiate magic, but is unremarkable in and of itself at first. It will radiate a minor aura of Conjuration and Prescience magic if examined by someone capable of reading such auras, however, it operates only as a normal quill unless the following steps are taken. A command word or sigil, chosen by the maker of the quill when it is created, must be written onto two separate surfaces. Many tend to prefer using a book or tome, though any surface that will allow writing upon it will do. After the sigil or command word is written upon the surfaces then anything written below the sigil  (or command word) by the quill on one surface will also appear written upon the other.

Now here is where often different Quill of Correspondence may function in different manners. You see most Quills of Correspondence will have a second command word that when spoken (with the Quill in hand) will remove the sigil/command word immediately from both surfaces where it was initially written, and this severs the magical connection the two surfaces had. That said, some Quills of Correspondence are also made in such a way that any text transcribed by them will also disappear when this command word is spoken.  Not all Quills have this feature, though.

Godfrey Bainbridge

Background:
Godfrey is the owner and proprietor of Bainbridge Books in the small village of Three’s Crossing. Godfrey is a balding, middle aged man often seen nervously cleaning his reading spectacles. He seems more at home with books than people, and is mousy and jittery around people he doesn’t know very well. He seems to hate making small talk, resorting to the most awkward questions about the weather or how a person is doing. That said, when talking about a topic that he knows he is an authority on he tends to come off as more confident and at ease.

Hidden Secret:
Godfrey has come into possession of a book called “The History of the Eastern Kingdoms”. It is rather unusual in that it’s content and layout changes nearly every time you open it. Some of the content is in relation to past events or people, some of it is in relation to present events or dates that have yet to come to pass. Godfrey is so nervous and jumpy when people come in because he’s usually spending all his spare time poring over this tome in hopes of better understanding it. He goes to great lengths to hide this, although Godfrey is a notoriously bad liar.

Campaign Uses:
In a campaign an NPC like Godfrey could be used as an expert that can provide exposition for the party, perhaps for a historical tome or artifact of sorts. He can also act as a purchaser for rare books, or perhaps facilitate a sale to a wealthy buyer. Alternatively he could provide an adventure hook, perhaps related to his hidden secret above. The stats below are provided for him at low level play, you may want to increase his attributes depending on your needs.

Godfrey Bainbridge – NPC Researcher

Hitpoints: 18
Defenses – Toughness 12     Guard 12     Resolve 14

Attributes
Agility 2 (1d6)
Fortitude 0
Might 0

Learning 5 (2d6)
Logic 4 (1d10)
Perception 0
Will 2 (1d6)

Deception 3 (1d8)
Persuasion 0
Presence 2 (1d6)

Alteration 0
Creation 0
Energy 0
Entropy 0
Influence 0
Movement 0
Prescience 2 (1d6)
Protection 0

Feats
Craft Mundane Item I (Bookbinding)
Knowledge I (History)
Skill Specialization I (Learning)

Velvetshade

“Velvetshade is a curious flower indeed. I first documented it’s properties for the Curators years ago, but they were disinterested as they saw them to be more trouble to grow and harvest than they were intrinsically worth.”

-An excerpt from the book “The Composition of Components” by Signus Silverstar

Velvetshade is a herbaceous perennial plant with bell like flowers that bloom in early to mid-Spring under ideal conditions. They require extremely fertile soil to produce the amount of energy they need to grow and bloom, though like most perennials they have adapted over time to allow them to survive harsher climatic conditions.

Their main value to most spellcasters is that they radiate a minor amount of Enchantment magic, and the stamen can be harvested while the flower is in bloom for use in Enchantment potions. Alternatively the entire flower can be consumed as a material component when casting an Enchantment spell to increase its power level by 1.

The pollen of the flower produces an euphoric sensation when inhaled, one which while minor can be addictive. Because of this the flower usually attracts a wide variety of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Ordinarily this would cause a plant to spread almost to an invasive extent, but the amount of nutrients the plant consumes out of the soil is a limiting factor to its growth and longevity. It usually needs to be tended to by a caretaker of some sort, as the plant usually will die in the wild.

Velvetshade is a favorite for witches to grow in their gardens, and oftentimes they will have them up drying in their windows as they provide a pleasant aroma even after the pollen is all gone.