You copy ancient texts and illuminate manuscripts, recording the voices of the clever, the great, and the powerful. You will prove that the pen truly is mightier than the sword.


Per, Stilo, Akshara, Pisa, Ji-Yun, Kalamos, Hugo, Shui, Kalam, Julius

Starting Gear

  • 3d6 Gold Pieces
  • Rations (3 uses)
  • Torch (3 uses)
  • Quill & Ink
  • Blank Book
  • Awl (d6)
  • Badge (petty)

What work did you keep for yourself? Roll 1d6.

1 The Wild Tongue. A bundle of leather-bound scrolls. A seminal work, cataloging the hidden languages of beasts, and how to understand them.
2 The Silent Symphony. Bound in fluorescent wrap. Very rare, it chronicles the subtle signs used by those employing invisibility magic.
3 A Treatise on the Abyss. A non-descript black book. An in-depth, largely theoretical text describing The Roots, as well as information around the location of a nearby Gate.
4 The Star Waltz. A comet-shaped clasp embracing a fine leather cover. Detailed astronomical charts, celestial movements, and stellar festivals. Highly valued (100gp) for its usefulness to travelers.
5 The Cathedral and the Canopy. Large-leaf binding over vellum. Nominally a children’s storybook, the margins detail information about traveling, eating, and sleeping in the cloud forests.
6 Garden of Glass. Bound in the cover of another book. A heretical work, it describes the materials, procedures, and optimal locations required to open a Gate.

How do you transcribe sensitive information? Roll 1d6.

1 Fib Ink Glows when used to write true statements, but fades if used to write false ones.
2 Cipher Stone A pair of sharp black stones. Decrypts any message written by the other.
3 Everquill A quill that writes on any surface. You still need ink. Petty.
4 Whisper Vial Whisper a message into the vial and it will play back to whomever opens it next.
5 Voyeur’s Suringa Extracts blood from a target without their knowledge. A stolen drop placed on the eye reveals memories from the past day.
6 Echo Leaf A blank parchment. Whomever unfurls it sees their actions of the day slowly revealed in a tight scrawl. Petty.