Spirit Planchette

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Spirit Planchette
Aura moderate divination; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 4,000 gp (brass planchette),
10,000 gp (cold iron planchette), 18,000 gp
(silver planchette); Weight 5 lbs.
A spirit planchette is typically found in a
wooden case along with a thin wooden
board printed with numerous letters and
numbers. Nonmagical versions of these divination tools
can be purchased in curiosity shops (typically costing 25 gp);
while these items can be used as alternative components
for augury spells, only magical spirit planchettes allow users
to communicate with the other side. Three types of spirit
planchettes exist—brass, cold iron, and silver. Each in turn
allows an increasingly potent form of divination effect to be
utilized. A spirit planchette requires a board to move upon,
but this “board” can be made up of letters scribed upon any
smooth surface—it need not be a prepared board for a spirit
planchette to work.
To use a spirit planchette, you must rest your fingers
lightly upon the planchette’s surface and then concentrate
on the planchette (as if maintaining a spell with a duration of
concentration) for 2d6 rounds while the planchette attunes
itself to the ambient spirits of the area. After this time, the
planchette begins to slowly slide in random patterns across the
board—at this point, questions may be asked of the spirits by
any of the individuals involved in the séance. The consequences
of each question asked of the spirits depends upon what type of
planchette is used for the divination, as summarized on the table
below. The spirits reply in a language understood by the character
who asked the question, but resent such contact and give only
brief answers to the questions. All questions are answered with
“yes,” “no,” or “maybe,” or by spelling out a single word from the
letters arranged on the board. The spirits answer each question
either in the same round the question is asked (in the case of a
yes, no, or maybe answer) or at a rate of one letter per round (in
the case of a single word being spelled out). A spirit planchette
may be used once per day—the maximum number of questions
you can ask with it depends on the type of planchette being used
(as detailed on the table below).
Communication with spirits can be a dangerous task, for
many spirits are jealous or hateful of the
living. Every time a spirit planchette
is used, the user must succeed on a
Will save to avoid being temporarily
possessed and harmed by the angry
spirits. In some areas where the spirits
are particularly violent or hateful (such as
in Harrowstone), this Will save takes a –2
penalty. The DC of this save depends on the
type of spirit planchette being used. Anyone who
fails the Will save becomes confused for a number
of rounds (depending on the type of planchette
being used), and no answer is received. The
spirits in the area are not omniscient—the GM
should decide whether or not the spirits would
actually know the answer to the question asked, and if they do
not, the answer granted is automatically “maybe.” If the GM
determines that the spirits are knowledgeable about the answer,
roll d% to determine whether the spirits speak truthfully or
whether they lie.
Spirit Pla nchettes
Planchette Questions Will save Confusion True
Type per Use DC Duration Answer Lie
Brass 1 11 1 round 01–60 61–100
Cold Iron 3 15 2 rounds 01–75 76–100
Silver 5 19 3 rounds 01–90 91–100
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, contact other plane, speak
with dead; Cost 2,000 gp (brass spirit planchette), 5,000 gp
(cold iron spirit planchette), 9,000 gp (silver spirit planchette)


Spirit Planchette

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