From the Streets: An Indulgence
The Streets of Zobeck are calling you…
Danger lurks in the back streets of Zobeck. Places where you’re just as likely to find a knife in the back as the fence you sought to hire. Places where you might just want to remain unnoticed when you see who’s waiting for you.
Like the scoundrels in those dark alleyways, Zobeck’s stories are gore spattered, flush with the blood, loot, and secrets of the Clockwork City’s citizens. What kind of secrets? What might you find? What might you need?
Perhaps you committed an indiscretion while enjoying a night of celebration? That thug had it coming, we’re sure! Perhaps it was just one brief dalliance? No need to explain it! We know a priest who’ll sort you out before sunrise…
Black Book of Confession
Aura moderate abjuration; CL 9th
Slot —; Price 9,500 gp; Weight 2 lb.
This slender black book is filled with empty pages. Writing a full and detailed account of your misdeeds and signing your true name relieves your of the burden of that act and forestalls the loss of class and divine spellcasting abilities, as per the indulgence spell. The book doesn’t prevent alignment change, which results if you continue your misconduct. The book cannot be used prior to the misdeed and must be used before the next time you pray to your deity. The book is a single use item but must be protected afterwards. Its magic prevents it from deteriorating over time, but otherwise, it has the same saving throws, hardness, and hp of a normal book. Anyone fluent in the language of the confession may read the book. If it is ever destroyed, your deity immediately becomes aware of the transgression and its concealment by an indulgence, even if you died and your soul has departed to the afterlife.
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, indulgence; Cost 4,750 gp
And just in case you think those scoundrels might force a violation of your code of honor, why not go prepared? He who draws first, bleeds last, they say…
(Illustration by Jeff McFarland)
School abjuration; Level trickery 5
Casting Time 1 hour
Components V, S, M (alcoholic drink), F (prayer device worth 500 gp), DF
Target living creature touched
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance yes
This spell, like atonement, removes the burden of misdeeds from the subject. You may be unrepentant and may even want to commit the misdeed again. The casting cleric’s deity (who must have trickery in its portfolio) accepts the taint of the evil act and absolves you before your own deity becomes aware of it. You must sacrifice at least 2,500 gp in rare incense and offerings, but under the circumstances, the casting cleric may ask for more. Indulgence must be granted before you commit another evil act or before the next time you pray, including prayers for new spells. If you have prayed since you committed the deed, it is too late for indulgence and only atonement can restore you.
Did this little bauble pique your interest? Our magics spark your imagination? We’ve more at the bar of the Wheatsheaf—pay no mind to the tieflings. Remember, what happens on the Streets of Zobeck stays on the Streets of Zobeck—come join us for this brand new patron project and add your story to the tavern rumors…