Full Item Description
This is a large and ancient spellbook with the words Libri ut Reputo printed in gold letters upon the spine. Embossed on the front cover is a leering demonic face, and the back is what appears to be a pair of buttocks. It is dark red in color; almost black in some places. To open it, a magic-user must stick their index finger firmly between the buttocks then twist 180 degrees. This will invoke a malicious laughfrom the book and a smelly finger for the maqe, but will also cause the book to open.
It will most likely be found by the players in an ancient wizard’s final resting place, or as the mastermind behind the mystery they are currently unraveling.
Long ago, a great wizard passed away. His name is lost among the stars, but his maliciousness is not. He poured his final thoughts of vengeance against all who persecuted him for his magic, which they labeled dangerous, into his spellbook. With his last strength he soaked this book in his angry life-blood. Now it awaits the touch of a mortal without the gift of magic to inspire it’s wrath, so it may come to life and cause mayhem on all who do not possess the gift of his art.
There exist ancient texts that speak of this book and others like it, only to be used by those in great need and never by those without powerful magic to begin with.
This is a spellbook mostly full of ancient and powerful ritual magics. Most of they require an insane amount of magical power to use, or the sacrifice of a few thousand lives. It also contains useful spells of subterfuge and deception, such as illusions and charms.
At first glance this is just an odd, and creepy, spellbook. Once opened, it contains powerful magic spells not to be used lightly. Yet, if ever touched by a person without "Magic in the Blood" it will give a slight uncomfortable twitch and secretly come to life. One it is alive it will be a hidden plague upon anyone around who associates with, or is, non-magical.
It can cast spells from itself and assimilate other spells into itself from nearby books or magic items. It is an ever-growing spellbook and very useful if kept under control.
If the book is ever touched by non-magical hands it will come to life, and try to end the life of everyone without magical powers. It is highly intelligent, so it will not immediately start to blast people. It may be very sneaky and underhanded, laying in waiting for the right time to disappear from a player’s inventory. Then it will try to assimilate other spellbooks into it’s collection of spells.
Once it has stolen off, with the party’s magical items and books melded into itself, it will attempt to establish a base in a nearby town. It will use everything at its disposal to hide it’s own identity and use the weak willed people around it to carry out tasks. This book could very well crush a kingdom or rule a group of people.
The Key to Defeat
No way is known to fully destroy this book, and it is a great boon to many spellcasters, but a Dispel Magic type of spell directed at the book will render it inert again. At least until more non-magical hands get at it.
This book is designed to be an Epic Plot, Enemy, or Resource device, usually with world changing results. Use with caution as you would any powerful artifact.