Books and Scrolls
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October 29, 2005, 2:46 pm

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The Assassin's Scroll


The Assassin looked at the scroll, smiled and put it away. His work was done…

This scroll is usually a black piece of parchment paper that most people would assume was burned in a fire. Any trained Assassin has heard tales of these though. It is a powerful item that any Assassin would love to own because of its uses. It has the power to hinder or even kill an opponent with just a thought.

Additional Info:
(in my campain world)
Money -
Coins from least to greatest value.
Copper Piece
Silver Piece
Gold Piece
Platnium Piece

This is to clarify any questions that may come about from the use of a different money system.

Magical Properties:

To use this scroll the victims name must be scribed upon it with the melted metal from a coin the victim has touched. The scroll can not be written on with anything other than melted metal. If the metel used is not from a coin touched by the victim, the effect is used on the scrolls user.

When used correctly:
Writing in Copper - The user can give the victim a headache using a mental command while the scroll is open and the victim is in sight.

Writing in Silver - Can mutter a word to cause leg cramps while the scroll is open and the victim is in sight.

Writing in Gold - Can speak the victims name to cause unconsiousness (scroll must be open). Only works if the victim hears you.

Writing in Platnium - Can cause the victim to die with a thought while they are in touching distance, the scroll is open and the user is hidden from the sight of everyone (absolutely noone can be have sight of the Assassin or the effect backfires).

All of these abilities require above average saves to negate. Once an ability is used the metal used for that command starts to run and drips off the scroll. The scroll can hold up to six names at a time (or the same name in different metals).

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Comments ( 13 )
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December 2, 2003, 2:40
I must assume that writing the name down, is going to require a craft check or something similar.

I would say that the result of the craft check is the save needed to negate the effect.

I would also assume that for the platinum version to work, the victim needs to hear his name being spoken.... After all, the more severe the effect, the more chance there should be that the assesin is exposed.

Besides that, I realy like this item.
December 2, 2003, 13:52
Very cool idea. I think if I were to use this though, the Platinum version would have to have more restrictions than just sight. A death spell-type thing like that should require maybe touching the person or even having the victim read the scroll themselves. But the whole concept is great. Very useful.
December 2, 2003, 19:45
Hehehe... I knew i left out something...
But the real problem is that there are so many variations that could be used, I dont want to put them all. Try what i wrote and if it dosent seem enough add more penalties... hehehe...
Barbarian Horde
December 4, 2003, 6:30
Nice effect
Voted Iain
February 6, 2006, 18:33
This is one of the best assassin weapons on the site: well thought out, well written and a really interesting, workable and atmospheric effect.
Voted Cheka Man
February 6, 2006, 19:54
Now this is an impressive and easily concealable weapon that can be brought past guards easily.
September 25, 2007, 20:33
This is an excellent item in my opinion. It would fit into my style of play / game world very well.
Voted Railus
September 26, 2007, 21:13
I can vote now, so I did.
September 26, 2007, 21:38
Deviously delicious. Definately getting used.
Voted Victor-N
October 3, 2007, 21:34
I have been working on some assassination-like campaigns at the request of the people I play with. This item could definately work for me. Excellent sub.
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
December 2, 2007, 13:25
This scroll needs a backstory. Please explain how this item was made? Or who makes them? Who conseived the idea? Are they manufactured in a factory somewhere and sold to assasins? The basic idea shows promise but in my opinion this needs more work.

Sweet idea.

Voted valadaar
December 2, 2007, 21:02
Only voted
Voted Scrasamax
August 4, 2013, 11:42
Reminds me of Death Note, in the concept of writing a persons name causing them to die. It does need some sort of backstory to go with it, a sort of where it came from an why it exists sort of thing.

How precise does the name have to be, is the full name required, or birth name, or can it work with just a first name and specific intent? Could a wizard or noble avoid this spell by having a secret true name and the public name they go by?

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