Lens of Ornog Volb
Gently the master thief, Kribreg removed a small item from his pocket. Before the thief was a quartet of scrolls on the dusty floor, next to him stood a small, nervous looking man who was wringing his hands. Kribreg ran the strange round object over the first scroll, then the second, third and fourth.
‘Illusionist; Summon Shadows, Illusionist; Hypnotism, Cleric; Detect Magic and Arcane; Lightning Bolt, that is what I see,’ the thief said.
The merchant tapped a foot and fidgeted as he did some figuring in his head.
‘Seven-hundred gold pieces for the illusionist and wizard scroll,’ he finally replied.
‘Not interested in the cleric spell then?’ the thief asked.
‘I only have brought….’ the merchant began.
Kribreg contemplated a minute.
‘Take them all for seven-hundred gold. Next time I need a good fence I will look you up,’ the thief said.
The merchant hastily handed over the coins and gathered up the scrolls only to nod nervously and scurry off. The clanking of armor could be heard in the distance. Kribreg grabbed the rope and ascended up through the hole in the ceiling and replaced the tiles so that nothing could remained of the exchange other than a disturbance in the dusty floor.
No records remain to tell us who Ornog Volb was. The magic item itself is a transparent disk that is about 7” in diameter and appears to be the cornea of a massive creature.
Benefit: Very useful for sorting out documents and magical scrolls, this magic item does not require the user to be literate, only observant. This magic item is usable at will, yet only once per day for any one item. To use the Lens of Orno Volb one merely applies the lens directly to a written document, scroll, engraving, etc and makes a Wisdom Attribute check. If the result is a success the lens transforms any and all writing into pictograph images that describe what the writing means. Magical scrolls are easily deciphered, for example a Fireball scroll could depict an image of a humanoid casting ball of fire and scattering other creatures, etc. If the check fails the depicted images are scattered and unreliable.
Usable by: Anyone.