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Tools Useful in 5e: Calligrapher’s Supplies 5e

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I’m going in a strange direction with this instrument… which doesn’t mean I haven’t taken other instruments in a strange direction… like the Tinker Tools. But I’ll take the calligraphy equipment and make it a little less… …prosaic? I’m not sure about that. It’s certainly hard to imagine how to use this tool, especially since the idea of someone who writes well doesn’t really apply to the fight against toddlers and kissing monsters.

Anyway, I make an important part of this tool: the ability to hide codes in a document…so there’s an advantage for adventurers, isn’t there?

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Calligraphy accessories

This must be one of the most mundane focus tools they have in Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, although I’m not sure how this book is drawn. On one side we have cobbler tools, on the other, alchemists… I don’t know exactly how many alchemists turn to adventurers, but I’m pretty sure they’re more than just a cobbler turning to adventurers.

Which brings us to the deliveries of the calligraphers. The art of writing beautiful words on parchment was an important part of society even before the existence of the printing press. They probably think of books written by monks and abbeys, even though some of them can read and write. In D&D I think most people just say that adventurers and the general public can read and write, except the barbarians in a strange way.

Anyway, p. 79 – take care of calligraphers:

Calligraphy treats writing as a delicate and beautiful art. Calligraphers create striking texts in a style that is difficult to imitate. Their material also allows them to study the scriptures and determine if they are legal, since teaching a calligrapher takes hours to write and try to reproduce his style and drawing.
Parts. The calligrapher’s accessories include ink, a dozen sheets of parchment and three rolls.
Arcane. Although calligraphy is not very useful for deciphering the contents of magical writings, the mastery of these materials can help to determine who is writing of a magical nature.
History. This tool can increase the usefulness of successful checks for the analysis or study of ancient writings, parchments or other texts, including runes carved in stone, or messages on frescoes or other representations.
Decrypt the treasure map. With this tool you can gain experience in studying maps. You can do an intelligence test to determine the age of the card, if the card contains hidden messages or similar facts.

Eww. It’s some kind of tool. In fact, all I got from him was that he looks like a fake kit, but he’s not. Probably? I don’t know, they’re pretty bald bones. Although the fact that a calligrapher can decipher treasure maps is interesting… …although treasure cards alone cannot make ordinary cards. I don’t know if that means you can make a map or just study it.

A strange instrument that doesn’t seem to have a chip of its own… And that’s where I came in!

Delivery of a calligrapher, but now for real!

The first thing I do for Calligrapher’s Supplies is that my eyes immediately shine and I start thinking about what I would use my ability to prescribe well/goodly for. Because my life choices are based on a healthy childhood with cartoons, I decided to make sure that the calligrapher’s supply of secret messages is well hidden!

This is the most important part of what I add to a calligrapher’s material, namely the ability to hide the codes and messages of all documents. Now, obviously you need someone on the other side who understands your code, or maybe you use a version of Thieves Cant in your message. Ultimately it will depend on the adventures, the characters and the DM, because those who receive your message know that they received it from you. We were just wondering how it would work.

Our future Spymaster will hide his message in a document, where it will have a random order of letters and symbols representing his message. But to make them, a calligrapher has to spend 10 minutes to an hour to 8 hours, even days! It all depends on how much work they do and the complexity of the message.

Simple code consists of a highly visible code, a scroll with your message on it, or something that doesn’t take much time and fits on a page or a small number of pages. This code can be useful for sending short messages or simple ideas.

The complex code is hard-coded and probably stacked in a pile of pages. This can be complex coding that uses random characters and letters to hide the code in the image that organizes the page’s margins. This code is used to send complex messages or to hide large amounts of information that others are not allowed to know.

If the character is suspicious, they can investigate to see and notice the code, DC based on 8+Intelligence Bonus+Proficiency Bonus . The fact that a symbol notices the code does not necessarily mean that they know what it means. It all depends on whether the author wrote it in code or hid the message in an illustration.

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Teleportation sites

Another application of the calligrapher’s need is to draw places where a person can study to cast a teleport or other spell. By spending 8 hours creating works of art from different locations, you can help the wizard determine the location at the first attempt and hopefully not send you to the wrong place or teleport you to the mountains. Nobody leaves the room if you teleport to the mountain.


Or maybe you’d prefer to help out in the tavern your companions bought. You can create marketing material to promote the company! You can make menus, brochures, signs or anything a pen needs on paper, because all calligraphers know how to make an interesting work of art and have the best words to attract the attention of passers-by.

This is a good use of a calligrapher, which is good for those who want to promote their beloved God, who has always spoken to them, but they swear that it is absolutely real. You just need to be more interested in God!


This is the calligrapher’s tool. It has several other applications such as making portraits or a very good notebook, but they are more random for the tool than for the mechanical things it can do. If you were hoping I would do something with the maps for this, why don’t you check my mapping tools? They’re real cartographers!

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