Spiritual Tools

Various items are available to aid characters in interacting with psychic elements. Diviners use a number of tools to aid their trepanning, and professions that deal with spirits on a regular basis have a number of items they prefer to keep on hand.

Adventuring Gear
ItemCostWeight
Ash, sacred (pouch)125 gp1 lb.
Dowsing bars3 gp2 lbs.
Dowsing rod (pair)12 gp1 lb.
Fortunetelling tools25 gp6 lbs.
Sacred thread (20 feet)10 gp
Salt (pouch)1 cp1 lb.
Salt, Sanctified (pouch)25 gp1 lb.
Spirit Board100 gp3 lbs.

Ash, Sacred. The ash of the remains of a martyr or spiritual leader serves as protection from the planes. No celestial or fiend can pass a barrier of sacred ash that is at least 4 inches thick. If placed on the threshold of a home or gate, such a spirit is unable to gain entry or pass the area protected by the gate.

Dowsing Bars. A pair of L-shaped metal rods used to detect psychic activity and anomalies. These rods can be used as a spellcasting focus. When with 60 feet of overt psychic energy, such as from an active spiritfont, these bars, when held one in each hand, will point in the direction of the spiritfont’s center, crossing when the user is within 5 feet of it. This tool will also detect a spirit in the same way, but most spirits can mask their presence, preventing mundane detection.

Dowsing Rod. This divination tool can be used to detect psychic activity by pulling the user in the direction of an actively manifest power. A character capable of casting a divination spell or manifesting a clairsentient power can also use it to locate a source of water or a missing object by succeeding on a Charisma check against a DC determined by the DM. This divination has a range of 60 feet.

Fortunetelling Tools. These tools include a set of runic dice, an assortment of avian bones, a tarot deck, and a small crystal or glass ball. A skilled fortuneteller can use these tool to read the portents of a creature, or at least pretend to read a fortune, drawing on vague generalizations. Real diviners may use these tools to aid in accurate reading of the future.

Sacred Thread. This special thread, often died a deep read, is used to bind spirits. When woven between pillars of a doorway or gate, it can prevent spirit energy from spilling from one side to the other; ability checks made by a spirit to affect a target beyond the gate are at disadvantage. When tied to one or more creatures, it can be used to anchor the creature from being spirited away from psychic phenomena; the tied creature has advantage on ability checks made to resist being taken by psychic means.

Salt. A basic spice used to preserve food and add taste in cooking, salt is also a tool carried by many spirit hunters and holy persons seeking aid against spirits. Many spirits can’t cross a barrier of salt, and a creature can encircle itself with salt to prevent a spirit from attacking it. Salt can also be thrown to disperse a spiritual construct or illusion.

Salt, Sanctified. Specially blessed salt provides stronger protection against a spirit. An elemental or undead spirit attempting to pass a barrier of sanctified salt must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or take 2d8 radiant damage and have its movement speed reduced to 0 until the end of its next turn. A handful of sanctified salt thrown at an elemental or undead will harm it. On a successful attack roll the creature takes 2d8 radiant damage.

Spirit Board. This board has letters, numbers, symbols, and certain words painted or carved into it. It includes a placard with a glass eye. It can be used to perform a séance to communicate with spirits with some measure of safety for those skilled in the art. For novices, it can be a tool for amusement or one that leads to ruin.