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January 24, 2006, 12:11 am

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The Tome of Life


Book with initially blank pages which records the life of the holder from the time it is picked up to the day someone else picks it up, at which point it starts again as blank pages.

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It is amazing how many details are missed by the average person in the course of a day… however, the book misses nothing. Every person they see, every word they hear, every tree they focus on trudging along a path… all described in minutely perfect detail. Imagine a mage with the ability to go back and read every spell uttered in his presence, or an archer capable of going back to see what they did to make THAT ONE SHOT miss when others hit in order to perfect their technique.

The book is also unaffected by emotion, logical assumption, or illusion. All details are described exactly as they truly were. Was that person glancing shyly, or studying furtively? Just look it up.

There’s always a down side, in some cases it’s a HEAVY down side. All those details take up a lot of paper, and paper is heavy and takes up quite a bit of space after a few weeks of carrying the book. One might be tempted to simply put it down. Should they decide to do this, for every sunset they spend out of contact with the book, they will lose all memory of a day recorded in the book beginning with the first day and progressing steadily from there. The book does not stop recording their life unless someone else picks it up, so the memory loss will never stop until that happens. When the book IS picked up by someone else, if the previous bearer should still be living, they will lose ALL memories contained within the book immediately as the pages go blank.


The Tome of Life was created by M’hrun Alsais, a monk who had become convinced that true purity could never be attained so long as man was unaware of his own motivations. The Tome was made to record not only the details of his life, but the motivations behind his every action. In this manner he accomplished knowing his true self, and committed suicide shortly thereafter.

The Tome rested upon his desk for 2 years before it was stolen with the rest of his books by an aspiring mage looking for records of great discoveries by “borrowing” the personal libraries of others. It almost immediately fell into the hands of a somewhat powerful sorceress which had objected somewhat strongly to having her books borrowed. Thereafter it was lost to the sands of time and chance… its whereabouts are currently unknown.

Magic/Cursed Properties

Grants a form of omniscient hindsight to fast readers.
After touching the book, you will NOT part from it by any means with your memory intact while still alive.

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Voted Ria Hawk
January 24, 2006, 0:28
Shows promise. I can only imagine that it would be a wonderful source of blackmail material. After all, just because you didn't consciously remember something, doesn't mean that it's not there to find... Also, imagine the havok that it would cause if a powerful political figure/royalty/guildmaster/whatever had it, and someone took it away from them...
Deranged Elf
January 24, 2006, 0:35
Yup, the more evil GM's out there can have all kinds of fun with it... not that I know from experience or anything. I would NEVER do anything that evil to my players. :) The blackmail thing would be hard though since nobody else can pick it up without everything in it disappearing.
January 24, 2006, 8:33
To make this item a bit more interesting I would make it able to record the events of anyone holding it but it is bonded to a single person. They still loose their memory should they not have it, but it will not delete their pages lest they die.

Of course it doesn't say if they die in combat and are revived that it will return, nor the memories. Make it a blackmails tool. Someone has all that information, yet odds are they don't remember it. How do you prove something writen in a book?
Voted Mourngrymn
January 24, 2006, 8:34
I pretty much said what I needed to in the reply up there.

I like this item. It can smack of real potential to cause havok and chaos to a would be noble, or aspiring dignitary. Or even the adventurer who doesn't want their exploits out for all to see.
Voted Cheka Man
September 5, 2006, 18:08
I would like to get my hands on one of these. 5/5
Voted Drackler
November 15, 2006, 22:18
Just one question. What does it look like?
Cheka Man
November 14, 2007, 10:29
it would get immensly heavy after a month or two and after years it might require a cart to carry it.
Voted valadaar
April 29, 2013, 21:38
This is a really well done submission. The blanking of the book cuts off some drama though.

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