I really like the Inner Sea Gods book as it gives non-divine casters a bunch of reasons to think about what deity they worship. And I particularly like the section on magic items, since the items have a "theme" corresponding to their religion.
I note though that most of the items do not specify that you need to be a worshipper of the specific god to use or craft the item in question (some of them grant bonus abilities to worshippers). Is this correct? And is that still true for Society games?
I haven't gone through every item but I was particularly interested in some Nethys-themed items. And this one seems a little too good to be true:
Quarterstaff of Entwined SerpentsThis +1 quarterstaff is made of wood carved and dyed to look like two entwined asps, one black and one white. At will, the wielder can use the staff to cast magic missile, creating two such missiles. One of the created missiles always takes the form of a glowing white snake, while the other missile always takes the form of a shadowy black snake. When held in hand, the wielder of the quarterstaff of entwined serpents can cast spells as if he had the Eschew Materials feat.
Now when I break it down, a +1 quarterstaff should cost 4600, i.e. 2300 for each end.
On top of that it grants the ability to cast a 3rd level magic missile at will! Note the cost for a 3rd level wand of magic missile is 2250 and that runs out after 50 shots, while this one is forever. The base cost for a 50 charge wand is 750 while the base cost for an unlimited command word item is 1800, so this effect alone ought to cost 5400.
Yet on top of that you get Eschew Materials while holding it. No idea how much that should be worth cash-wise.
But between the first two powers it ought to cost 10,000. Instead it is listed as 5,050 gp.
That just seems to be too good to be true.
So to clarify:
1. Are both ends of the quarterstaff enchanted? Or just one? If it is only one end then the price is a bit more reasonable. Still really good though. However the construction cost math indicates that the masterwork quarterstaff used as a base for the weapon costs 600, so definitely double-ended (though that alone does not prove this one way or the other).
2. Do you have to worship Nethys to use it? If so this would reduce the price. Nowhere in the description does it suggest that this is so, though.
3. Is this a spell-trigger item, like a wand? If so then you could use the formula of "Charged (50 charges) = 1/2 unlimited use base price" to suggest that an unlimited spell trigger item only costs twice as much as a wand (instead of 2.4 as in the above math).
It seems to me that limitations like these would make the weapon's price more reasonable; by this math a single-ended spell trigger version would cost 2600 + 4500 or 7,100 gp (3850 to craft) instead of the 10,000 I quoted above. But even this value is well above the listed price of 5,050 gp.
What do you guys think?