PSALTRY OF DEAD TRUTHS

PSALTRY OF DEAD TRUTHS

By: Harenm

 


13th AGE

 

(instrument/implement)

This stringed musical instrument is made of midnight black ebony and shining white bone is stringed with the tear soaked hair of lost lovers. It is carved with the wheel of changing fortunes, kings and heroes being brought low while new figures rise up. A secret melody is carved into the wheel. By weaving the secret melody into a song you can create minor effects such as making candles flicker and smoke dance.

Attunement: You must learn to play the song secretly encoded in the spokes of the wheel, a process that takes an hour or two. 

Rondo of Fortune: Always: Bonus to attacks and damage: +1 (adventurer); +2 (champion); +3 (epic).

Euphony of Twilight: Recharge 6+: +2 to performance rolls. 

Song of Gonzago: Recharge 16+: Playing the full song hidden in the wheel calls forth spirits that act out small plays revealing painful or hidden truths. The person who plays the psaltry has no control over what is revealed, it might be the murder of a nobleman or the betrayal of one lover by another or the corruption of a city guard. Generally playing the full song creates a turning point in history - the start of the downfall of a powerful figure in an area or the revelation that leads to the rise of a local hero.

Earworm: Quirk: You become very reflective, often quoting great thinkers to make a point. You hum tunes at odd intervals. Over-Attunement: You can no longer say anything simply or quickly, but must use the utmost maximal verbosity possible under the circumstatitudes that the wielder discovers themselves to have intrudulated into. Together with your almost constant singing this makes communication in battle very hard.

GMs: Which important historical events has the psaltry has been present at? Which historical figures are depicted on the psaltry? Do the figures change? Are the faces of future rulers carved into the instrument? Which popular melodies are inspired by the Song of Gonzango? Who was or what is Gonzango?

PATHFINDER

 Psaltery of Dead Truths

Aura strong divination; CL 20th

Slot --; Weight --

Description

This stringed musical instrument is made of midnight black ebony and shining white bone is stringed with the tear soaked hair of lost lovers. It is carved with the wheel of changing fortunes, kings and heroes being brought low while new figures rise up.

Attunement: Secret melodies are carved into the wheel. After studying the melodies and practicing with the psaltery for 2 hours you become attuned to it and can use the secret melodies to great effect.

Euphony of Twilight: You can weave secret melodies into a song you can create minor effects such as making candles flicker and smoke dance. As well, you gain a +2 bonus on all Perform (string instruments) checks made with the psaltery. At 5th level this bonus increases to +5.

Rondo of Fortune: Starting at 4th level you can play the psaltery as a full round action granting all allies within 30 ft a +1 luck bonus to AC for 1 round. This bonus increases by +1 for every five levels above 4th. You can do this for a number of rounds per day equal to your character level. The rounds need not be consecutive. If you have the bardic music ability you can do this as a standard action.

Song of Gonzago: Playing the full song hidden in the wheel calls forth spirits that act out small plays revealing painful or hidden truths. The person who plays the psaltery has no control over what is revealed, it might be the murder of a nobleman or the betrayal of one lover by another or the corruption of a city guard. Generally playing the full song creates a turning point in history - the start of the downfall of a powerful figure in an area or the revelation that leads to the rise of a local hero. This ability may be used once per day at 12th level.

Earworm: Quirk: You become very reflective, often quoting great thinkers to make a point. You hum tunes at odd intervals. You take a -1 to Perception checks due to your distraction. Over-Attunement: You can no longer say anything simply or quickly, but must use the utmost maximal verbosity possible under the circumstances that the wielder discovers themselves to have intruded into. Together with your almost constant singing this makes communication in battle very hard. You take a -2 on Diplomacy, Bluff, and Intimidate checks do to the difficulty of communicating your intentions.

GMs: Which important historical events has the psaltery has been present at? Which historical figures are depicted on the psaltery? Do the figures change? Are the faces of future rulers carved into the instrument? Which popular melodies are inspired by the Song of Gonzango? Who was or what is Gonzango?

SAVAGE WORLDS

PSALTRY OF DEAD TRUTHS
(instrument/implement)
This stringed musical instrument is made of midnight black ebony and shining white bone is stringed with the tear soaked hair of lost lovers. It is carved with the wheel of changing fortunes, kings and heroes being brought low while new figures rise up. A secret melody is carved into the wheel. By weaving the secret melody into a song you can create minor effects such as making candles flicker and smoke dance.

Attunement: You must learn to play the song secretly encoded in the spokes of the wheel, which requires a successful Smarts trait check and an hour of study. (If you fail, there is no further penalty for continuing to make the effort aside from taking another hour of study and attempting another Smarts trait check.)

Fortune's Melody: Once attuned, you gain the effects of the Luck Edge. If you already possess the Luck Edge, you gain no additional benefits.

Harmony of Resonant Notes: The Psaltry of Dead Truths possesses 10 Power Points which activate and sustain the the powers within it. These Power Points recover at the rate of one Power Point per hour. Each use of a power requires a Common Knowledge (or appropriate skill related to singing, at the GM's discretion) to activate. The Harmony of Resonant Notes may be used to activate the following powers:
* Prestidigitation (PP: 1; Rng: Touch (Adjacent); Dur: 1 hour (1/1 hr); Trappings: Minor magical effects): This power allows for almost any innocuous effect to be created at the caster’s whim as they summon mystic forces to perform minor tasks. These include (but are not limited to) – cleaning, lifting (10 pounds max), flavoring foods, mending clothes, writing, ringing bells, causing someone to have an itch or sneeze, changing an object’s colors, opening a door, etc.
* Grave Speak (PP: 4; Rng: Touch; Dur: 3 (1/rd); Trappings: Mournful chorus, dirge's lyrics): Contact a dead spirit. See "Savage Worlds Horror Companion" for more details. Unlike the normal use of this poer, these spirits must tell the truth, but may not know the information requested.

Dirge of Gozango: While attuned to the Psaltry of Dead Truths, you gain the Quirk Hindrance (you sing all the time; you can't help yourself. All of your communication must be in the form of song lyrics or in a sing-song voice, as if they were song lyrics). Over-Attunement (Attuned to more than one item per Rank): You become haunted by unsettled spirits, attracted by the dirge-like characteristics of your eternal song. The GM gains an additional Bennie that can only be used to create misfortune for you, representing the effects of the spirits' intervention in your life.

GMs: Which important historical events has the psaltry has been present at? Which historical figures are depicted on the psaltry? Do the figures change? Are the faces of future rulers carved into the instrument? Which popular melodies are inspired by the Dirge of Gonzango? Who was or what is Gonzango?