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Atlas Esoterica

Wondrous item, artifact (requires attunement)

This loose collection of maps, drawings, writings, and sigils appears to be the well-traveled works a madman, bound by iron rings.

Although many of the pages seem to always contain relevant pieces of maps, some appear random and meaningless; clever adventurers can arrange, fold, or decipher these clues to reveal hidden secrets. While consulting the atlas esoterica, you have advantage on all Intelligence ability checks and Wisdom (Survival) checks t o avoid getting lost. You can attempt to solve a clue to learn about an important person, place, or thing, as if using legend lore, by making an Intelligence (Arcana) or Wisdom (Insight) ability check. If the check result equals 20 or higher, the clues reveal detailed, relevant information about the subject. A check result of 15 or higher reveals valuable, but less specific information. A check result of 10 or higher reveals vague and incomplete information. A check result of 5 or higher doesn’t reveal any information.

A check result lower than 5 reveals false information. The specifics of the information revealed by the esoteric codex are up to the GM and may be cryptic like that revealed by a divination spell. When you use this ability, you cannot use it again until you complete a long rest.

  • Epic Attunement. You can make three Intelligence (Arcana) or Wisdom (Insight) checks per long rest in order to gain information and have advantage on all such checks.
  • Destroying the Atlas. The atlas esoterica resists attempts to burn, rip, stain, or otherwise ruin it. Learning the secret to destroying the atlas requires using it to make a DC 25 Intelligence (Arcana) or Wisdom (Insight) about itself, which will then reveal the precise steps of how to connect the sigils and fold the pages out of existence.
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