Read Object

Ruling Planet: Mercury, Pluto

Sphere: Common

1) If the caster is Reading an unfamiliar object, not sure what it is or its purpose, he can Read that information. If it is a tool, he can tell what trade it is associated with, the task for which it is used, and visualize the proper method of its use, feeling it in his hands. If it is in fact an artifact of the body of some beast, the caster can feel what part of the beast it is, but must switch to “Read Substance” to get any further information from it.

IF Reading a trap, the caster can discern the general nature of its mechanism (snare, deadfall, pit).

2) the caster can distinguish the types of materials from which the item is made with which he himself is familiar, or the basic type of material (wood, metal, gem, plant fiber, etc.), and between grades in quality, if he is not familiar with the material by its specific type (tiger oak, antimony, rhodochrosite, papyrus, etc.).

This information may seem obvious, and some of it may be obtainable from a craftsman who produces the same type of goods, but this is especially useful where the surface has been painted (VERY common in the period of the game) or veneered with a decorative wood, metal, or other similar treatment, concealing some or even all of the structural materials. This aspect enables the caster to Read ALL of the materials present in the make-up of the object without having to mar or disassemble it, allowing him to distinguish between bone and ivory, between gemstone and glass, between gilt and solid metal, and the composition of any and all finishes, shellacs, varnishes, paints, waxes, and so on.

IF “Reading” a trap, the caster can discern the general location where its mechanism is located.

IF “Reading” a poison, the composition of the poison, whether the major ingredients of those poisons are animal (venom), vegetable (toxic plant), or mineral (lead, quicksilver, etc.), or a combination of these, may be discerned.

3) the caster receives an impression of whether the object was crafted locally, or the region of origin whence it came by climate and terrain, accompanied by a general sense of distance and direction, a sense of any bodies of water that lie in between, if made elsewhere in the same realm in which the caster is located at the casting of the “Read”, or if it is of foreign make.

IF “Reading” a trap, the caster can discern the exact level of complexity or POT of the trap, if that POT is less than or equal to (Reading POT + SPT att. mod).

IF “Reading” a poison, the exact POT of the poison’s effect, if equal to or less than the POT of the “Read” dweomer, may be discerned.

With the use of the “Measuring Tool” for time, the caster may “Read” to get a sense of the age of the object being Read, up to roughly (DUR as allowed by POT, as if the DUR had been tied-off) stretching back into the past.

4) the caster can perceive whether the materials from which the object was made were grown or mined locally, and/or processed locally if there were any intermediate steps in the making of the object Read, or the region of origin whence they came by climate and terrain, accompanied by a general sense of distance and direction, a sense of any bodies of water that lie in between, if produced or processed elsewhere in the same realm or if they are of foreign make.

5) the caster can Read the presence of any secret compartments or other similar special features in the object’s construction.

IF “Reading” a trap, the caster will be able to find the exact location of the mechanism and discern the manner in which it works, and will reveal the status of the trap as a multi-stage mechanism, or if it feeds directly into the mechanism of another trap.

IF “Reading” a poison, the dweomer shows the caster the type (contact, ingested, insinuative) of the poison, as well as what internal system(s) it acts upon.

6) the caster will receive a picture-perfect vision of the city, village, or immediate area or environs of the workshop where the object was made. This will be sufficient for the casting of a “Finding” dweomer to pin down it’s location, it if desired.

IF “Reading” a poison, the dweomer reveals a picture perfect image of the ingredients from which the poison was concocted (though NOT their proportions), as well as whether they are local or an impression of the region from which they originally came by climate and terrain type if they come from foreign places.

7) the caster may Read exactly and specifically what all the materials are that went into the make-up of the object Read, whether he is familiar with them through previous experience or not, and also the place of origins of each, whether foreign or not, receiving a picture-perfect vision of the city, village, or immediate area where each of the materials was produced, grown, mined, etc.

IF “Reading” a poison, the caster may discern the exact nature (name as known to the owner/user and description, ingredients and proportions) of the poison “Read”. The dweomer will also reveal the presences of multi-part poisons while they are in their component parts, provided the final level of the poison’s effect lies within the scope of the “Read” POT.

The dweomer will also provide a picture-perfect vision of the city, village, or immediate area(s) whence each of the ingredients originated.

8) the general nature of the materials of which anything concealed in any hidden compartment(s) may be made (as applicable), also revealed, assuming that if such a compartment exists it has not already been opened/emptied.

9) the tale of what changes have been wrought in the object’s form within the last (MGA + POT) years of its history may be Read – gems replaced, whether with the same type, different ones, same color but glass, different color glass, gilding or silvering added or worn or scraped away, other embellishments added or taken away, the additions of traps, locks and/or hidden/secret compartments, restorations performed and how accurately, etc., OR if any such changes have been made over time at all.

10) the caster can discern a rough psychic impression of the basic physical descriptions of those among the last (MGA att. mod. + SL) persons (owners) who had possession of the object for [40 – (owner’s CHM & HRT att. mod’s) + (caster’s MGA att. mod.) + (POT)] years or longer – bits and pieces, maybe hair color, maybe eye color, maybe a Distinguishing mark, their sex, general complexion (fair, ruddy, olive, etc.), whether they were beauteous, average-looking, or ugly by common standards, a sense of whether taller or shorter, thinner or fatter than the caster of the Reading.

For these purposes, the maker of the object should be considered the first or original “owner”.

11) the caster is granted a picture-perfect vision of each of the last (SPT att. mod. + SL) persons who had possession (owners) of the object for [40 – (owner’s CHM & HRT att. mod’s) + (caster’s MGA att. mod.) + (POT)] years or longer, from head to toe, including the understanding of how that vision of his appearance reflects his favored mode of dress or the fact that he was not dressed as he would prefer at the time (colors, cut, determination of nationality subject to Foreign Culture skills).

At this point the caster has a sufficient grasp of the bond of Resonance between the object and its owner(s) that he may use it as the basis for casting Charm of Finding, Charm of Direction, and the like.

IF the maker of the object is NOT within the last (SPT att. mod. + SL) owners, the dweomer also provides the caster a rough impression of the physical description of the maker of the object (see paragraph 10).

12) the history of HOW the object passed into the hands of each of the previous owners that have been Read may also be discerned, by common commerce, theft, murder, found/discovered after having been lost, as an inheritance, as a gift, or the like, and what their emotional attachment to it was, if any.

13) the caster can discern a rough psychic impression of the emotional state of the craftsman and his intent and motivation for the fashioning of the object Read, ingrained in its making – whether it was it special to him or just another job, whether it was simply in the course of his earning his daily bread, or if he was pressured into it by another, as a gift for a loved one, a charitable gift, to repay a debt, a special commission to curry social favor, and so on. If it were just another project but the craft a labor of love for the craftsman, the object Read and all others he made would have been of great importance to him.

14) the Reader may also glean an impression of the mental and emotional disposition of the creator during the crafting of the object Read, whether they were tidy or sloppy folk by habit, whether cool-headed, sentimental, hot-headed or otherwise emotional, whether they leaned toward Virtue or Vice during the period in which the object being Read was created.

15) IF not already revealed by step 11, the dweomer gives the Reader a picture-perfect vision of the maker of the object being Read, from head to toe, including the understanding of how that vision of his appearance reflects his favored mode of dress or the fact that he was not dressed as he would prefer at the time (colors, cut, determination of nationality subject to Foreign Culture skills).

16) IF the object being Read is a Touchstone, Master Work or a Master’s Tool, as described in the Grimoire, that fact may also be discerned at this LoA. In either case, the POT of the object may be Read, if less than or equal to the {(POT + SL) + (SPT att. mod.)] of the Reader.

17) the caster may Read the exact location(s) of any special features, catches, tricks, traps and secret thingies, as well as the proper method(s) for opening any secret or concealed compartments and/or triggering and/or deploying any special features.

18) The caster will be able to read the surname or family name to which the craftsman was born, and the knowledge of any cold, flu, or other disease or health problems, lingering difficulties from old injuries, as well as bestowing knowledge of any prominent birthmarks, major scars, disfigurements, and so on, in or on his body whether obviously visible or not, which the caster had at the time the dweomer Read was created.

19) If the item were made by means of a Master’s Tool(s), as described in the Grimoire, that may also be discerned.

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