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Deck of Fate

The Deck of Fate

Wondrous Item, Rare

This deck of ornate cards shows true craftsmanship, and is often protected by a metal or wooden box. Looking through the cards reveals beautiful and complex designs on the card faces, relating to the major arcana of the tarot - symbols often used by Diviners.

The magic of the deck is revealed when drawing a card at random. When a card is drawn in this way, the person drawing the card becomes subject to a magical effect corresponding to the card drawn. The card immediately fades to nothingness and disappears forever. A Deck of Fate found as treasure may already be missing cards, at DM discretion.

Legends have it that the original Deck of Fate was a gift from a Trickster God, bestowed to their followers in return for a great service. Scholars of such things believe that once the last of its magic is used, the Deck reforms somewhere else in the world, hidden away in dark corners or forgotten treasure hoards for the unwary to discover.

Beyond mere mechanical effects, the Deck of Fate may also twist events in ways that are not immediately obvious. For example, a character might think they have escaped Death a day or so after drawing the card, but the effects of the card may have wider consequences for the ongoing story if the DM so chooses, following the themes and symbolism of the card.

Name Symbolism Effect
The Fool the protagonist of a story; beginnings and naievity; the path taken; the fool's journey You gain Inspiration.
The Magician talents, capabilities and resources at your disposal; realising full potential Until the next long rest, you may (once only) treat any roll you make as though you had 20 in the appropriate stat.
The High Priestess when a secret is kept or revealed, when you are holding on to the truth or revealing it, the card associated with mystery Until the next long rest, you gain advantage on all Insight, Perception, and Investigation rolls related to uncovering secrets.
The Empress mother, a creator and nurturer, beautiful things as well as love Until the next long rest, you gain advantage on all checks related to protecting or directly helping your character's Bond (if not applicable, some person, group, or place you are close to at DM discretion).
The Emperor the desire to rule over one's surroundings, stability, authority, power, command Until the next long rest, you are treated as having the Inspiring Leader feat. If you already have this feat, its effects are doubled.
The Hierophant religion and orthodox theology, status quo, institutions, social convention You receive an understanding of social conventions, laws, and/or religious beliefs and the way they support or restrict your actions. You may alter your alignment in response to drawing this card.
The Lovers love, passion, sexuality, individual desire, pleasure, romance Until the next long rest, you find a strong urge to seek out your desires, whether they be for romance, indulgence, or pleasure.
The Chariot conquest or victory that can be won through self-reliance, righteousness, conviction and plain hard work Until the next long rest, you add +2 to your proficiency bonus.
Justice right, of morality, of duty, judgement, impartiality, distance You receive an understanding of injustices you have suffered and those which you have perpetuated, and also of ways in which you can right those injustices if you desire. You may alter your alignment in response to drawing this card.
The Hermit introspection, reflection, solitude, reclusion, deep understanding During your next long rest, you gain a flash of insight and understanding. You gain the Hermit's Discovery background feature, your newfound discovery being at DM discretion.
Wheel of Fortune change, turning point, opportunity, destiny, fate, movement, good to bad, bad to good Roll 2d20 and note down the rolls. At any point you may substitute any die roll you have just made with one of these numbers. From this point onwards, the DM may do the same with the remaining number.
Strength self-control, composure, stability, fortitude, perseverence, moderation Until the next long rest, you gain proficiency in all saving throws.
The Hanged Man destruction of self, surrender, sacrifice, giving up, letting go You lose Inspiration (if you have it) and may not gain it until the next long rest.
Death ending, loss, conclusion, finishing, goodbyes Until the next long rest, you have disadvantage on all death saving throws.
Temperance temperance or moderation, blending or synthesis of opposites, harmony, equilibrium Until the next long rest, your lowest ability score is treated as though it were the second lowest, and your highest as though it were the second highest.
The Devil indulgence, lust, egoism, hedonism, vice, bondage to the material Until the next long rest, you must make a DC15 Wisdom save when presented with a vice that your character might indulge in, or else be drawn to take part regardless of the consequences (treat this as a compulsion effect)
The Tower chaos, hard times, crisis, crash, downfall, ruin, catastrophe, failure Until the next long rest, any twenties you roll are considered to be ones.
The Star hope, trust, tranquility, optimism, faith, joy, serenity Until the next long rest, you gain Immunity to Fear and fear effects, but are at disadvantage on all Insight checks.
The Moon deception, confusion, fear, illusion, obfuscation, fantasy, uncertainty Until the next long rest, you are at disadvantage to all saving throws against fear effects and illusions.
The Sun vitality, energy, optimism, enlightenment, energy, positivism, good things and positive outcomes Until the next long rest, you may add one to all die rolls.
Judgement rebirth, salvation, restarting, forgiveness, judgement, renewal, reconciliation You receive an understanding of mistakes you have made and ways in which you have wronged others, and also of ways in which you can atone or make recompense if you desire. You may alter your alignment in response to drawing this card.
The World ending to a cycle, fulfilment, accomplishment, wholeness, consumation During your next long rest, you gain Inspiration.