The Curious Device of Trickle and Rook
Rook and Trickle, Trickle and Rook,
One’s named after a bird, the other a brook,
Best to hide in a cranny or a nook,
Or face the judgments of their cruel book.
—– Children’s rhyme common in the border towns and villages
How the two outlaws known as Trickle and Rook came across the odd silver hand with the pointing finger is unknown, but among small towns and villages their names are feared more than that of any hobgoblin warlord or bugbear tyrant. Posing as traveling judges, these two ne’er-do-wells often pull off outrageous crimes and then have the audacity to set up a trial, one in which they will never be found guilty of any crime. A few times people have caught on to their scam and the Great Peasant Revolt of Cobble almost caught up with these two conmen, but as usual, they slipped away into the night before real just could catch up to them. Their Curious Device looks like a life size human hand of silver with a pointing index finger.
Benefit: When placed on any flat surface and asked who is guilty of a particular crime, this odd magic item will indicate anyone NOT the possessor of the silver hand, focusing on that one person time and again. Any authority figure is swayed into believing this accusation, and to resist this effect (or to “clear one’s head”) must make a save versus spells at -1 to be convinced otherwise. Non-constabulary lookers on may try to disbelieve this effect by making a save versus spells without a modifier. Those who KNOW that they accused was elsewhere when the crime was committed are not fooled by this strange magic item. As Trickle and Rook are aware of this the traveling judges often stage their crimes well in advance in disguises, leave town, then return when the investigation begins. If this magic item falls into the hands of a new owner(s) then it must be in the possession of the new owners for 48 hours to attune to them.
Useable by: Anyone. (inspired by two real life characters from the Spanish Civil War that my better half is related to)