Yup. I agree with Scrasamax.
To add my $ 0.02 worth: perhaps it could just make the book unintellegible for anyone but the wizard (changing the contents to gibberish, or say a smut magazine), or - it could conceal the fact that it is a book: covering it with the illusion of a pillow, bundle of underwear, or stone slab.
It could animate the book and make it defend itself - either through biting or casting some of the spells inside. Go to Comment
It could actually be an interesting item: The Book of Infinite Smut. Once, a wizard thought himself clever for disguising his spellbook thus, only to have it pinched just because of the disguise.
Now, a Book of Infinite Smut is sure good to have, but if the PCs knew that there are actually mighty spells in it... *grin* Go to Comment
I like Echo's variation best, simply make unreadable to anybody who doesn't know the command word (kind of like a password system) - I'd refrain from the smutty magazine option though, that's just asking for the book to be pinched
Basically sound but needs some background (who invented them?, why did he need such an item?, that sort of thing) - 3/5 Go to Comment
This is a good, simple straightforward item one could use to add spice to a wizard. I would have the 'destruction' or other baleful effect kick in only after a determined effort to open the book in spite of strong resistance.
Ok interesting and good idea. As someone who plays book type characters alot i can see how this would be useful but having the book destroyed very bad. It would likely take a very good enchantment to do as the bookmark would have to remember every thing in the book what the book looked like and whatnot. However if the contents of the book seemed to change such as what Echo said or the book being transported back to where it was supposed to be, who ever heard of someone sitting in the wizards study for a peek at a spellbook, or make it so that the book simply couldn't be opened by anyone else and told the owner of the bookmark where the book was. Go to Comment
Echo: people do a lot of the time, though they are badly hurt. It is only a definite kill if the victim is inside.. thus hitting the 10 foot roof at the speed of a 50 foot fall... then eventually falling down... ick.
Of course, the person could "fall up" then float down safely. Go to Comment
I more conceived the item as "throwing you the distance" on the upstroke. Mostly because you can't fall upward, or have the slow acceleration, with gravity holding you in the opposite direction. The write up does not mention your fall being broken by impacting things on the upfall. So you would be pinned on the ceiling still under the acceleration/ force of the fifty foot fall (probably breaking most wooden roofs not made to support in that direction.)
I'm happy with a 3/5, I might eventually think of a really good backstory; about the shortness: I'm going to try to add some more flavor to it at some time. Sadly, its not up to the quality of my past items, but, hey, they cant all be winners. Go to Comment
How about writing up Arbanax - but write him as a villain, a genuine Bad Guy - lets face it, a man who derives amusement from other peoples pain is NOT A NICE PERSON
As for the cloak - I'm inclined to agree with Echo - this is an assassins' tool, even if it wasn't originally meant to be - as a joke it's in extremely bad taste, a quite likely to get Arbanax killed just as soon as somebody (enter the PCs) works out who made it
I'll give it 3/5 because it would probably work well as a plot hook Go to Comment