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Quill of Leng
Aura moderate conjuration and enchantment; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 42,840 gp; Weight 1 lbs.
This large, hideously deformed purple quill is crafted from the leg of a Leng spider. It twitches when held and feels unnaturally cold to the touch. Any text written with it seems to be subtly writhing when not under close inspection. Once per day as a full-round action, the caster may cause any magical or mundane writing touched by the quill to dissolve into a chaotic mess of disjointed symbol fragments. This renders the original text completely illegible and nonmagical.
If the writing contained a spell or alchemical formula of 2nd level or higher, the magical energy released by this action animates it, causing it to burst forth as a swarm of living, solid symbols and runes adjacent to the caster. Treat the swarm as a spider swarm without the poison ability. The swarm treats the caster as an ally but is otherwise uncontrolled. It acts on the caster's initiative and remains active for one round per spell level or until destroyed, at which point the writings disappear.
For every spell level beyond 2nd, the swarm gains +1 to all rolls (including damage), AC and distraction DC, and +4 hp. In addition to the swarm's distraction effect, if a creature fails its Will saving throw against the distraction DC, fragments of magical writings cling and latch onto the creature, forcing their way into its brain and making it confused for 1 round per spell level. Repeated failed saves refresh the duration. This is a mind-affecting effect.
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, confusion, erase, summon swarm; Cost 21,420 gp