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Aunt Mags and Her Little Teapot


In tea is truth.

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The teapot is made of white ceramic with faded silver etchings.  Each of the etchings, if made out, is a different type of rose.  The handle is chipped and on the bottom of the teapot are the words, "In Thea Veritas."


Like any major city, Drake Haven sees its fair share of crime.  Though this industrial city proudly stood through several revolutions and fires and rebuilding itself, it would still attract vagrants and criminals.

The city’s Fifth Police Precinct at the Waterfront Gallery was recently having a higher than normal theft rate.  When the suspects were placed in the interrogation room, few cracked when there was little evidence against them.

Deputy Chief Sullivan’s somewhat annoying aunt, Mags, would come to visit once a week.  Aunt Mags was dearly afraid that her only nephew would succumb to the hardships of police life and the crime rate.  She would bring tea and scones and fret over Sullivan in an effort to make sure that he always had an opportunity to have civilized events.  The men under Sullivan dared not make fun of Mags but would occasionally ask Sullivan about her just to get under his skin.

As a dare, one of the newer detectives approached Sullivan’s office while he was having tea and scones with Aunt Mags.  He asked if he could partake in the tea and scones while Sullivan tried to shoo him out.  Aunt Mags readily agreed and made a cup of tea for the detective and passed over a blueberry scone.  After a few sips and a bite of his scone, the detective struck up a conversation with Mags.  Sullivan, even more irritated, asked the detective if he had some work to do. 

The detective looked at Sullivan and said, "Of course I do sir.  I haven’t finished my report on the Gruden case even though I told you I did last week." 

Sullivan raised his eyebrows and in a raised voice, asked "What??"

The detective, taking another bite of his scone, repeated, "I haven’t finished my report…"

Sullivan cut the detective off and yelled, "Get out of here!  Why are you in here wasting my time?"

The detective smiled and answered, "The boys sent me here on a dare to talk to your Aunt Mags." 

Mags, smirking, continued to nibble on her scone.  Sullivan kicked the detective out of his office and apologized to his aunt.  Mags, amused and embarrassed, revealed that she was the reason that the detective was acting so strange.  She admitted that her special tea had a way of having people tell her the truth.  Sullivan was shocked to hear this considering he had been having tea and scones with his aunt for years.  She also revealed that it was the only way to ensure that his environment had not corrupted him.

Sullivan was able to convince his aunt to give him the tea recipe that was the truth serum she used.  However, after some trial and error, it was determined that it was not the tea that was the truth serum.  Rather, it was a combination of her teapot and Aunt Mags herself.  Mags had somehow bonded with her teapot over the years and its special properties were enhanced through her use.

In special cases where a suspect would not offer up information, they would bring in Auntie Mags her little teapot to pull the required information from the suspect.

Later, after Auntie Mags passed away, her teapot was passed on another police detective who would use it and bond with it in order to use it against a suspect.


*The players could easily find another teapot at a market or antique shop, but it will only activate after a primary person has been regularly using the teapot for a number of months.  If the player does not know about the bonding property of the teapot, the DM should provide some sort of vague messaging so that it’s not known exactly the source of the power.

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Voted Murometz
June 7, 2008, 13:13
Very nice! Like having tea with Miss Marple.

I would like to know a tad more on this bonding process, but other than that, good stuff!
Voted Misanpilgrim
June 7, 2008, 14:40
I think this would work better as an NPC. Even as is, though, it's pretty good.
Voted Drackler
June 10, 2008, 14:29
Although I do agree with Misanpilgrim, I enjoy this one. as Muro said, like tea with Miss Marple. So, basically, What eveyone else said before me. Good post, Stephie.
Voted valadaar
June 15, 2008, 21:29
An excellent bit player - nicely done!
Voted MoonHunter
June 16, 2008, 18:07
It is a nice little set of quirks. Of course, one has to wonder where this wonderous truth came from? And how are they exactly going to impliment this one?

Of course this could be made dangerous if the Church/ City has some "law" or "edict" against "mind control magics" or "non church sanctioned magics". Yes, they manage to "get their man", but they have to be careful with it. Otherwise, they could find themselves in a gallows or their own jails.

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