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Helm Of The Paleoarchs — 1 Comment

  1. Interesting concept!

    It seems a bit overpriced, though. That Access the Ancient Library effect? Looks a lot inferior to the old trick of building a dozen +2 Int Headbands each coded for a different knowledge skill, and taking 24 hours to wear the attuned headband and getting 1 rank per class level. For any knowledge-based class, you really want the ability to hot-swap your permanent-enhancement-bonus-granted ranks.

    The Nondetection is neat, but the defensive effect looks like it loses out when, e.g., the party needs to sneak into someplace where someone’s putting them through a basic suite of Detect spells, and they want to get through without incident.

    And the spell-knowledge-gaining is powerful, but limited; as written, it looks like it only works for wizards and other prepared-spell-based casters.

    Maybe you could tie these effects together. That is to say, you can, during a rest period, access the knowledge in the helm to shuffle your 2 sets of bonus skill ranks from the Int bonus to any knowledge skills of your choice (a few ranks in everything, full ranks in two, or whatever). You could also make Plumb the Secrets of Creation essentially a fast Spell Retraining from the retraining rules.

    Finally, you should include the proviso that the helm doesn’t work on people who don’t use their brains to think, such as liches and the like. And “Won’t voluntarily remove” is also a bit wonky. How about “Has an Ego of 25, but only makes checks to prevent its removal, nullification, or destruction, and dumps control back to its user as soon as the threat has passed.”? Without that, it’s way too easy for a wizard to say “I would never remove this helm! I would, however, cast Antimagic Field, hand this adamantine warhammer to my barbarian buddy, get confirmation from my cleric buddy that he’s memorized Restoration today, then waggle my eyebrows suggestively.”

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