Rituals are one of the world’s keys to great power. Only one who has mastered difficult rituals can cross continents in a moment, spy on rivals from afar, and learn information from supernatural entities. Those invested in the art of ritual casting have created a spread of magic items designed to aid and improve their ritual magic. In the rare contests of ritual skill, using one of the nine items presented in this article is analogous to dueling with a poisoned blade—considered unsporting, but appropriate or expected in certain cultures.
The elf sorcerer Ydri felt certain that his servants and allies were scheming with each other. He was not so paranoid that he believed they plotted his ruin—he had confidence in his diplomatic skills—but he wanted to be aware of their plans and hated every secret they kept from him. Long ago he created the glass eyes and began placing them all over the world. With a sorcerer’s life span, he might be looking through them still.
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Peter Schaefer is a petty evil. He terrifies small children with lies about their parents. He notes adults’ insecurities and mocks them. He laughs at the unclaimed cats and dogs at the SPCA. Just about the only worthwhile thing he's done is work as RPG developer on such books as Adventurer’s Vault 2, The Plane Below, and Player’s Handbook 3, in addition to numerous D&D Insider articles. Still, that doesn’t make up for the way he cuts neighbors’ lawns too short, keys cars, or plays loud country music while driving slowly through residential neighborhoods at three in the morning.