The effect seems minor, but it is quite a potent and useful item! Well targeted too - you even hinted at some limitations, and I like all of that.
I just can't shake off the feeling that a guaranteed source of prophecies won't have some nasty side effects in the long term. The space-time continuum doesn't tolerate stress very well, so using the item too often may yield some nasty surprises. Also, I would think that anyone with power over weather will want to have the globe (and that means very powerful people).
The write up is a little sparse in terms of details. The description of the item itself uses a lot of "implied" ideas.
The history, was okay. Nothing spectacular, but nothing bad.
It begs the question, why hasn't anyone else made one of these? It is terribly useful and a common need. Is this the innovator who created the enchantment? Is it just one reason why someone would make one? Go to Comment
This is cool. The clear limitations of the item with the short preview timeframe and the small area observed regulate it to a convenience item rather than an earth shaker.
To make it more generally usable, perhaps it attunes to it's location, with the sculpture within changing over time as it's scale increases.
Attunement Period Radius of Effect
1 Day 300 feet
1 Week 1 Mile
1 Month 3 Miles
1 Year 10 Miles
10 Years 100 Miles
100 Years Kingdom
Perhaps also the preview time could also increase.
This increase of scale is two-edged sword, since the details would be lost and only broad area predictions could be made.
Now, there would be immense vested interest in keeping a globe of this nature stationary, since if it were moved substantially (perhaps 10% or more of its radius) it would begin to attune anew. Go to Comment
If it is not filled with water and insoluble white flakes, then it is not really a snow globe.
On the other hand, I like the thought of a device that can predict the weather without the mage having to cast a spell. I thought your sub was well written, with a clear description, and a good history.
This item is something I can use in my campaign, Good job. Go to Comment
Well, yeah, I guess you're right, it's not *really* a snow globe. But aren't most magic items something other than they appear to be? I use the term "snow globe" simply so the reader can get an instant visualization of it. Go to Comment
A typical wand with offensive capabilities (magic missiles, fire, fireball, lightning bolt) that was either damaged in combat or made just under par. When the wand is discharged, there is a 1 in 4 chance that it fires an additional 1d6 charges simultaneously or in rapid succession. Wands that shoot fire may incinerate innocents and friendlies, or burn whole buildings and even villages down. Those which shoot fireballs have a considerable radius, and lightning bolts that bounce upon contact with ground and stone can cause catastrophic random collateral damage. Those who have paid large sums for such a device may go seeking a refund, possibly even retribution.