Items of Interest
"Magic Watches" handed out by a mysterious postman. They are reputed to be able to stop time for brief seconds. They are supposedly given out to people who are in need of them. The rules of keeping the watch are that they must not be used to commit crimes or hurt anyone.
Demon blood, when injected into the body of a human being, causes the host to be instantaneously – if somewhat painfully – healed. It also has the additional function of allowing the demon to find the host's body wherever they are in the world, if they are not magically protected.
The ultimate reference book for an Occult Investigator. Bound in dragon skin (perhaps) engraved with mystical symbols, this tome is an A–Z of all things magical. So long as the user has the book open, he gains a +2 bonus to his Knowledge (Occult) rolls as the book automatically flips pages to reach the relevant section to the user’s query.
The Darkhold, also known as The Book of Sins, is the collected knowledge of the magic of Chthon (a demonic Elder God). The book is an iron-bound collection of scrolls.
The book was also responsible for the curse of the werewolf, an 18th-century man had been tainted by the Darkhold, and was subsequently bitten by a wolf under the control of Dracula. The curse of lycanthropy was born!
The Darkhold contains the Vampiric Verses, which were used to create the world’s first vampire, Varnae, near the end of the time of Atlantis. It also contains the Montesi Formula, which could destroy one or even all vampires.
A Geomantic Compass (or Luopan) is a Chinese magnetic compass, also known as a Feng Shui compass. It is used by a Feng Shui consultant to determine the precise direction of a structure or other item. Like a conventional compass, a luopan is a direction finder. However, a luopan differs from a compass in several important ways. The most obvious difference is the Feng Shui formulas embedded in up to 40 concentric rings on the surface. This is a metal or wooden plate known as the heaven dial. The circular metal or wooden plate typically sits on a wooden base known as the earth plate. The heaven dial rotates freely on the earth plate. A red wire or thread that crosses the earth plate and heaven dial at 90-degree angles is the Heaven Center Cross Line, or Red Cross Grid Line. This line is used to find the direction and note position on the rings.
A conventional compass has markings for four or eight directions, while a luopan typically contains markings for 24 directions. This translates to 15 degrees per direction. The Sun takes approximately 15.2 days to traverse a solar term, a series of 24 points on the ecliptic. Since there are 360 degrees on the luopan and approximately 365.25 days in a mean solar year, each degree on a luopan approximates a terrestrial day. Unlike a typical compass, a luopan does not point to the north magnetic pole of Earth. The needle of a luopan points to the south magnetic pole (it does not point to the geographic south pole). The Chinese word for compass translates to “pointing-south needle.”