Recorder of Ye'Cind
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)
Crafted from a hollowed-out lake reed, the Recorder of Ye'Cind is eighteen inches long, with ten holes drilled through its surface.
The Recorder can play simple yet haunting tunes on command. It sounds a shrill alarm when anything within 30 feet, including itself, is stolen. Once per day it can create a magical vision containing clues on some topic of interest to the user. It can manifest a variety of other spell-like powers as well.
Ye'Cind came into the possession of his Recorder between 100–80 years before the time that the Book of Artifacts legend was told, when he used the artifact's powers to uncover a regicide.
In the adventure Reverse Dungeon, the Recorder is found in the possession of the illithid Hlyddhth in the Vault Level of the dungeon. It was placed in the dungeon some time within the last 600 years by the wizard Blaise after it fulfilled whatever purpose it had for it, and the illithid discovered it there and decided to keep it. Hlyddhth has become deaf to all sounds made by anything but the Recorder, though its telepathy makes this only a slight hindrance.
Ye'Cind, and by extension, the Recorder, is named for Cindy, one of Gary Gygax's daughters.
- Grohe, Allan T., and Erik Mona. "All Oerth's Artifacts." Dragon #299. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2002.
- Holian, Gary, Erik Mona, Sean K. Reynolds, and Frederick Weining. Living Greyhawk Gazetteer. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2000.
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