Pathfinder Treasure Trove: The Truthful Harp

The Truthful HarpAura moderate divination; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 7,500 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

This item appears to be nothing more than a simple wooden harp, exquisitely crafted though it may be. The harp can be held comfortable in one hand, but must be played with both hands. The owner of this harp gains a +10 competence bonus to any Perform (string instruments) check made when the harp is the primary instrument used. Bards who use the harp as part of their bardic performance also gain two additional rounds of performance per day. These benefits can only be gained after a user has spent 24 hours getting used to the intricacies of playing the harp. Otherwise, it functions only as a masterwork instrument.

The harp forms a connection to its owner which some find to be beneficial and others see as a hindrance. Whenever an individual who has unlocked the harp’s magic tells a lie, one of the harp’s strings snaps. Particularly big lies may cause multiple strings to break at the GM’s discretion. A harp string takes one minute of work to repair. This quirk of the harp gives the user a -5 circumstance penalty to all Bluff checks. If the person being lied to knows of the harp’s nature, the GM may determine any Bluff check to be an automatic failure.

The harp can only have one owner at a time. Its truthful nature functions even when out of the owner’s possession as long as the harp is within 30 feet of the user.

Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, discern lies, creator must have at least 5 ranks of Perform; Cost 3,750 gp

Inspired by Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain.


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