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Helioglyph (his magical name) is a Talismonger, a maker of charms, talismans, holy items, and so on. This is the place where those seeking fine craftsmanship and good symbolism come. If you are looking for enchanted items, go elsewhere.

Helioglyph (his magical name) is a Talismonger, a maker of charms, talismans, holy items, and so on. 

The shop is near the gate of Azure Wall.  Like many stores and homes in the area, it is painted in bright colors and decorated with "mystical symbols". (Well what common folk call mystical symbols, alchemical shorthand, ancient languages, and the occasionally odd scribble).  Common folk think these act as magical protection, but they are not.  Since they are expected of "magical shops" and homes, Helioglyph has painted his sky blue house with "sun gold" trim and mystical symbols. He has a gold sun on his door.  The shop is a two story affair, with the lower level being the shop and upper level where he and his eight non familiar cats have lived for the last twenty five years. 

Helioglyph specializes in common magic items, things that gain power through the belief of everyone rather than mystical enchantment.  Thus he sells rabbit feet, religious items, disks to ward off fey, and talismans inscribed with classic magic circles for protection, luck, and the occasional fertility.  Other talismans are copies of tarot card or disks with mystic letters on them. Technically all these items do work, if the cosmic forces are alligned just right. They really need "charging" or minor enchantments to make them effective. Common people believe they are magical, but not so magical as to be dangerous,  so it makes them happy to have them.

Helioglyph is an excellent silver and gold smith, and has been known to dabble in copper, iron, and the occasional jade work.  His work is quite skilled and his work has an artisitc flair.  Despite the stigma of coming from a "magical shop", many clerics in the region pick up finer emblems of their faith from the shop. 

Helioglyph does do a "bit of enchanting" on the side, enchanting basic simple talismans. True luck/ fate charms (+1/-1), minor mystical resistance, skill bonuses, and so on.  Anything stronger than would be enchanted by someone else (though he might of made the piece originally).  He does sell certain things on consignment for others in the district.

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Voted KendraHeart
November 8, 2005, 14:02
I like this because it can be used in a variety of settings. You can put it in the Haight in SF, you can put it in Seattle in Shadowrun, The Village in New York, and any number of fantasy places. It is just not an equipment list, it is a place.
November 19, 2005, 23:45
I liked this before. I like it much better now that the NPC and the setting is up. Can I give 5+
Voted valadaar
February 16, 2007, 15:25
A very usable location, as per Kendra's comments.
Voted Murometz
October 6, 2007, 21:31
I just love the idea of a Talismonger!

Why is it titled Helioglyph's, with an apostrophe?

(fixed some glaring spelling errors for you)
October 8, 2007, 16:21
It is the talismonger's working name. His place or shop does not have its own name, it is just his place or Heliograph's. It would be like Ralph's or Max's.
October 8, 2007, 16:26
well that explains that then.
May 31, 2012, 15:08
years later, i still love the idea of a Talismonger!

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