Full Item Description
An Amulet of Truth is made of a small carved piece of amythest encased in a shell of elegantly carved amber, held on a silver chain. It glows in darkness, so the unknowing might think it was a magical torch and nothing more.
After Queen Yocasta of Vallermoore used her guile to ascend to the throne, she decided that one of the ways she could make herself more popular with her subjects, and therefore more secure, would be to try and bring the crime rate down.
Arresting people at random would have the wrong effect, so she ordered her court mages to focus on the perjury problem.
Too many people, because of fear or bribery or just because they were the ones who had been accused, were telling lies in court. The mages created fifteen Amulets of Truth, one for each Crown Court of Vallermoore. The accused and witnesses would have to wear the amulet when giving evidence or pleading guilty or innocent. When wearing it they would be forced to tell the truth.
In nearly all cases the guilty found themselves forced to plead guilty, whilst on the few occasions when the guilty genuinely thought themselves to be innocent, the witnesses allways told the truth and sorted things out. Crime fell by a quarter as a result. When Queen Yocasta’s regime fell and Amber took her place, there was looting and most of the amulets fell into criminal hands.
Apart from casting a soft glow and being warm to the touch, the wearer of such a amulet is forced to tell the truth no matter what it is, and will find it hard to himself or herself to get the amulet off, although another may take it off without trouble.The amulet only controls what is said, not the body itself.
A group of grave robbing PCs find a dead body in a tomb with a softly glowing amulet around it’s neck.Do they take it?
OOC-This is not an uber-powerful item, I created it as something that PCs can have without totally destroying the game. It can either get them into trouble, or be used by them to uncover infomation without stooping to the use of torture. It can be a blessing or a curse.