This device features a number of wickedly sharp blades and a small fluid-filled cylinder, inside of which floats remnants of flesh.
A tattoo harvester is an unpleasant method to gather tattoos from the recently dead or helpless and graft them onto another creature. The procedure to utilize a tattoo harvester takes 1 minute per caster level of the targeted tattoo, during which the tattoo is carefully cut away from the current helpless, willing, or less than 1 hour deceased bearer. This is a lengthy and traumatic experience, and anyone still living while having a tattoo removed must pass a DC 17 Fortitude save or take 1d4 points of Constitution damage. Success reduces this to 1 point of Constitution damage.
After harvest, the tattooed skin is placed into the fluid-filled cylinder, where it is kept from decaying and losing its magical potency. The harvested tattoo can be grafted onto a new host through a 1 hour long surgical procedure requiring a DC 15 Heal check – failing this check deals 1d4 points of Constitution damage to the prospective bearer. Even if the Heal check is passed, the prospective tattoo bearer must pass a DC 17 Fortitude save or take an additional 1d4 points of Constitution damage.
Affordable Arcana: Magic Tattoos © 2017, d20pfsrd.com Publishing; Author: Andrew Ready