Map of the Winterlands

Aura moderate divination; CL 8th; Slot —; Price 3,000 gp; Weight


This vellum map created from reindeer skin is a boon for polar explorers. The map’s owner can attune the magical item to himself by keeping it in his possession for 24 consecutive hours. No more than one creature can be attuned to the map at the same time. Therefore, if a new creature acquires the map and attunes himself to the object, the former owner loses his attunement to the map.

When the map’s owner occupies a square containing ice or snow, once per day he may speak a command word as a standard action to activate the item. When he does so, over the next 10 minutes the map details the 100-mile-radius area centered on the owner. The owner must remain in the same square while the map is being created; otherwise, the daily usage is lost and the map’s drawings instantly disappear. The map displays geographical features occupying at least 1,000 contiguous squares such as mountains, hills, bodies of water, and other similar locations normally appearing on a map provided they are also covered in ice or snow contiguous to the square the owner occupies when he activates the map. The map also identifies the locations of man made structures including roads, buildings, and monuments measuring 500 square feet or more that are also adjacent to ice or snow meeting the preceding requirement.

In addition, the map also points to the geographical north or south pole corresponding to the owner’s location. A minute icon of the owner appears at the spot where the owner activated the map. As the owner moves through the area, the tiny representation tracks his progress along the map. If he travels beyond the map’s confines or into an area not covered by ice or snow contiguous to his original location, the icon vanishes and reappears only when the owner activates the map again.

Construction Requirements

Feats Craft Wondrous Item; Spells create treasure map, locate object; Cost 1,500 gp.

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