Compass stones come in sets of two. The first stone, the tuner stone, is shaped like an arrow head and is about two inches long and an inch wide. The other stone, the marker stone, is flat and round with a hollow on one side for the tuner stone to fit in for storage.
These magic set of stones can be the difference between life and death for those travelers with a poor sense of direction. To find your way back to a location, leave the marker stone buried or hidden (or wherever it won't be disturbed) at the location you wish to return to. The tuner stone is magically attuned to the marker stone. By holding the tuner stone in your hand and saying allowed 'Show me the way to go home', the tuner stone will turn and point in the direction of the marker stone.
(DMs, if you wanna get evil, you can make Anti-Compass Stones which point in the opposite direction or add a limited number of charges)
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Good item and a good way to get the players to go where you want them. Have somebody they'd believe tell them the marker stone is in some treasure or with someone they want found, and off they go.
Now at look at what I accidentally found: another member of the 'class of items' submission. We should do something about those... they are usually easy to transplant into any campaign, and likely to be created sooner or later.
The description of the compas stones is very brief, but frankly, it doesn't need much detail.
This is one of those items I really like. It is a small nitch magic item that is nothing more than a small edge.
Good reminder. Linked to the right Codex.
Simple but good.
I wish I had these.
Awesome idea, Cirruswind! A seemingly low-level magical item that, when used correctly, could be invaluable! I like the idea of using the marker stone as a 'homing device' that would allow the pc's to find the target wherever he/she is.
Good solid idea, I put stuff like this in the ideas section, but that is just me. A basic 3.0 for being old and usable.
As others have said - a good, simple, and useful idea. Could be useful in a "find the dingus" adventure, where the players must track down the tuner stone so they can find the marker stone, which has been buried near the dingus.
Perfect simple item. I think these are absolutely rife in Skyrim :)
Mystic Moons idea is probably the best way to use these, but one could add complications to their use. It is possible to create multiple marker stones and some may draw the user to traps or dangerous areas. I would have these always lead to perilous adventure, and be found occasionally in treasure.
Reading this I felt like the first to person to hear
'Why don't we slice the bread before we sell it. '
Brilliant, but now hipsters and yuppies and old roleplayers go out of their way for unsliced bread.