At The Edge Of The World
A magic compass, but it might not always point North.
Aura faint evocation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 500 gp; Weight 1 lb.
A small magical device, a wayfinder is a compact compass typically made from silver and bearing gold accents. With a command word, you can cause a wayfinder to shine (as the light spell). A wayfinder also acts as a nonmagical (magnetic) compass, granting you a +2 circumstance bonus on Survival checks to avoid becoming lost.
All wayfinders include a small indentation designed to hold a single ioun stone. An ioun stone slotted in this manner grants you its normal benefits as if it were orbiting your head. When a wayfinder includes an ioun stone in this manner, it reveals some new behavior which varies between wayfinders.
Some ioun stones can grant additional powers once they are fitted into a wayfinder, at the GM’s discretion.
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, light; Cost 250 gp
The wayfinder is a blend of artistry, magic, and technology. Reverse-engineered from half-understood artifacts, wayfinders combine the function of a mundane compass with magical utility and—a somewhat guarded secret—the power to enhance the function of ioun stones. Within each wayfinder is a fine lattice of wire, spun of silver, gold, or even more precious metals. This lattice channels and amplifies the natural energy of the ioun stone, extending its benefits to the owner as long as the wayfinder is held or kept close to the body. Inserting or removing an ioun stone is a standard action that provokes attacks of opportunity. Some wayfinders have multiple slots for ioun stones; these usually—but not always—function independently (an enhanced power from the first slot has nothing to do with the enhanced power of the second slot, whether or not another stone is present).
Though any spellcaster with the proper ability can create a new wayfinder, most are decades or centuries old, passed down from mentor to student or through family lines.