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Magic Item Monday (Uralicans Uncut): Crystal Compass

crystal compassCRYSTAL COMPASS
Aura moderate clairsentience; ML 7th
Slot none; Price 27,000 gp; Weight 1  lb.

DESCRIPTION
This unusual assortment of crystals remains hovering in the air, twisting to point in a particular direction.

The crystal compass can be used a sextant, but its functions for navigation go far beyond simple mechanical aid, projecting a star chart in a hemisphere around whatever space it is inside or out to 20 feet (whichever comes first). This star chart is always anchored around the Ancestral Gateway that leads to the kingdom of Rybalka in Aventyr and shows where the crystal compass is in relation to it. The crystal compass can always provide this map, regardless of where it is in relation to the Ancestral Gateway. A DC 15 Knowledge (planes) check allows a creature to discern where exactly the ship is in this star chart.

Once per day, the spirit of the crystal compass’ creator can be summoned to ask one question about navigation. The spirit answers as truthfully as it can; if it cannot provide a direct route to wherever the questioner wishes to go, it does its best to get them pointed in the right direction.

HISTORY
Success on a Knowledge (psionics) check to learn more about the crystal compass reveals some facts about the unique item’s lore:
DC 15     These strange devices are highly prized by sages of Aventyr; they claim the unique sextants are artifacts of a powerful, forgotten civilization that traveled across the very stars.
DC 20     The creators of the crystal compass were known as Uralicans, strange warrior-raiders with potent powers of the mind.
DC 25     Uralicans traveled in vessels that floated above the ground with no aid of alchemy or magic, but another unknown force tied to otherworldly energies.
DC 30     These airships were powered by xyrx crystals, and the crystal compass is made from the same material.

CONSTRUCTION
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, Craft (gems) 7 ranks, xyrx crystal, anchored navigation; Cost 23,500 gp

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