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Author Topic: An Awesome Magic Item for a DM to allow in their campaign setting.  (Read 235 times)

Razor 007

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An Awesome Magic Item for a DM to allow in their campaign setting.
« on: September 20, 2020, 05:41:33 am »
Mirror of the Past
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D&D 5E Tales from the Yawning Portal
Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan


Once per day, the user can stare into the mirror and concentrate upon a target.  The user will see scenes from the target's past, but not in any chronological order.  It just gives them bits and pieces of the past, as described by the DM.  (In my own words.)


Shucks, the DM can totally use it as a steering device.

(I also give a little more explanation in my next post, down thread.)
« Last Edit: September 20, 2020, 03:59:53 pm by Razor 007 »
I need you to roll a perception check.....

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Re: An Awesome Magic Item for a DM to allow in their campaign setting.
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2020, 09:59:47 am »
I have a Psychometry spell in my game, that allows a similar thing performed on objects at hand. Players have used it to obtain narrative clues, as you suggest, as well as to learn rudimentary new skills through observation, or to determine the approximate value of an object.

One question that came up at the table was, "is a corpse an object, and can it be used to view a creature's living history?" In other words, it might be handy to have a clear idea of what happens when the mirror is used to "view" someone who is deceased  ;)
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Re: An Awesome Magic Item for a DM to allow in their campaign setting.
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2020, 10:07:28 am »
Mirror of the Past
Wondrous Item, Rare


D&D 5E Tales from the Yawning Portal
Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan


Once per day, the user can stare into the mirror and concentrate upon a target.  The user will see scenes from the target's past, but not in any chronological order.  It just gives them bits and pieces of the past, as described by the DM.  (In my own words.)


Shucks, the DM can totally use it as a steering device.
Would you suggest any limits to the target selection? It sounds like you can use it on a creature, but what about a location (e.g., a specific temple, or even a nation)? What about more abstract targets (e.g., the history of warfare)?

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Re: An Awesome Magic Item for a DM to allow in their campaign setting.
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2020, 03:56:53 pm »
The user can learn about the history of a creature or object by using their action to gaze into the mirror and think of the target.  The mirror presents scenes from the target's past.  Information presented is random, cryptic, and in no particular order.
« Last Edit: September 20, 2020, 06:36:08 pm by Razor 007 »
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Re: An Awesome Magic Item for a DM to allow in their campaign setting.
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2020, 08:26:22 am »
I had a magic items thread around here somewhere....


My personal favorite was the dwarven cursebreaker, which let you literally beat a curse out of someone afflicted.

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Re: An Awesome Magic Item for a DM to allow in their campaign setting.
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2020, 10:19:01 am »
Would you suggest any limits to the target selection? It sounds like you can use it on a creature, but what about a location (e.g., a specific temple, or even a nation)? What about more abstract targets (e.g., the history of warfare)?


I like that idea.


A cloud of smoke appears in front of the PCs, an aged woman's face peers out from within.  "AGENTS!  The dreaded archthief K'harmen Sandyegoh is back to her old tricks!  She's stolen Candlekeep!  The whole damn thing!  Use your Akhme Mirror of the Past and GET IT BACK!"