The Truthteller's Timepiece
That's the second time you've told me a minute lie this hour. Do you think it's funny to lie?A favourite tool of inquisitors, paladins, judges, and other entities of law enforcement, a Truthteller's Timepiece is a pocket watch enchanted with the power to replay a conversation spoken in its presence to hear the ring of truth in the words spoken. They are one of many tools developed by the Keepers of Divinity, with their invention attributed to Temperantia Lex, a particularly zealous cleric who reportedly caused one of few successful rebellions from the Medimian Empire.
Mechanics & Inner Workings
The timepiece is a magical item crafted by the collaboration of a powerful divine spellcaster, such as a cleric or shaman, with a clockmaker of significant repute. The materials involved must be high quality - timepieces crafted from cheap scrap metals without the involvement of gold or other precious materials are likely to not retain the magic or to behave erratically. The process involves imbueing a high-quality pocket watch with magic as it is crafted; both parties must work in conjunction to ensure the inscriptions are perfect.Replaying the recorded message is done by winding the crown back. When replaying a saved conversation, the timepiece's hour hand glows gold for every truth, and the minute hand glows red for every lie. Up to twelve individuals can be tracked by the timepiece; if multiple voices are involved, the appropriate numbers on the watch will glow red or gold as necessary. Not all timepieces are made equal. Some are usable only once a day, whereas others are less limited or entirely unlimited. However, the five minute limit - something inherited from the spell Zone of Truth - is not possible to change.
When it was first invented, the inventors and subsequent creators were skilled enough in goldsmithing and fine crafts that they were able to handle both sides of the crafting themselves. As timepieces have become more widely known in current years, and thus subject to a larger range of crafters, these skills are better shared between multiple to eliminate possible errors. To use the timepiece, the user must press down upon the timepiece's crown and speak a command word. Any affected by the truthtelling magic - those in a 20 foot area from the timepiece itself - will, unbeknownst to them, potentially resist the magic; it is not infallible. This is why it is crucial for a powerful spellcaster to be the one to craft the timepiece: the more powerful the spellcaster, the stronger the imbued timepiece. Whilst active, the crown remains pressed; after five minutes, it returns to its usual state.
Approx 30cm diameter
Easy trick with them clocks. They only get the lit'ral shite. Talk yer arse in circles!