Cups of Palantíri


Aura moderate evocation; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 179200 gp; Weight 1 lbs.

An early prototype for the Orbs of Palantíri. These two paper cups have a piece of string that trails off for about a foot before becoming immaterial. When in use the strings are tightly anchored, either in space or to the nearest object. The cups allow two way communication over any distance.

Only one cup can be used for speaking in a round, while the other can be used to listen to the message. Unlike the spell, these cups take only one minute to be activated. Only one user is needed to establish and maintain two way communication. Activating this item requires one minute of concentration. If one cup is unattended when the other is activated, then that cup anchors itself (typically at a height of three feet).

There are three different cumulative circumstances that can cause the Cups of Palantíri to fail. If the cups fail due to any of these circumstances they can not be used for another 9 minutes.

  • Communicating across planes increase the chance of the Cups of Palantíri failing by 5%.
  • Further more vigorous motion increase the chance of the failure by 10%. Violent motion increase by 15% instead. Extremely violent increases the failure chance by 20%. It is impossible to use the the cups while participating in combat.
  • Weather also increase the chance of failure, Rain or Sleet increase this chance by 5%. Hail and Thunderstorms increase it by 10%. Hurricanes increase this chance by 20%.

Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, sending; Cost 89600gp


Created by a Cleric
SL 4 x CL 7 × 2000 x (4) x .8 = 179200

Note 2 If a continuous item has an effect based on a spell with a duration measured in rounds, multiply the cost by 4. If the duration of the spell is 1 minute/level, multiply the cost by 2, and if the duration is 10 minutes/level, multiply the cost by 1.5. If the spell has a 24-hour duration or greater, divide the cost in half.

DM special description discount 20%

Cups of Palantíri

Kingmaker wizejester