Wondrous Item, artifact (requires attunement by a spellcaster)
The Tome of the Searing Flame is one of the five legendary works written by an ancient elven wizard known as Xaturos the Illuminator. For five hundred years, Xaturos scoured the four Elemental Planes and the Astral Plane seeking lost knowledge before supposedly settling in the Astral Plane, though countless conflicting tales of the wizard's whereabouts abound, mixed in with tales of his death.
The book's covers are made from iron that constantly feels hot to the touch and inlaid with rubies and shards of igneous rock that seem to glow with the power of elemental fire, while its pages appear to be made from magma that is perfectly safe to touch. The book can weather even the most powerful of flames entirely unscathed, as it has been recorded to have spent at least a decade immersed in the magma of an active volcano, before being forced out in a river of lava when it erupted. The book contains intricate descriptions of many powerful beings of elemental fire, along with descriptions of countless creatures of elemental fire, from fire elementals to magmins. The book is held shut by a clasp shaped to look like a flickering flame. Only a creature that has attuned to the tome can open the clasp. Any other creature that attempts to open the book is consumed in a pillar of fire, taking 20d6 fire damage. This damage ignores resistance and immunity, and it can't be reduced or avoided by any means. A creature reduced to 0 hit points by this damage turns to ash and is destroyed alongside any nonmagical possessions. Magical possessions remain intact, though they are covered in harmless soot.
Power of Fire. While you are attuned to the tome, you are immune to fire damage. Additionally, when you cast a spell that deals fire damage, it deals an additional 1d6 fire damage.
Spells. The tome has 7 charges and regains 1d4 + 3 charges daily at dawn. You can use an action and expend one or more charges to cast one of the following spells (save DC 18, +10 to spell attack rolls) from it: cloudkill (3 charges), fireball (5th-level version, 3 charges), heat metal (2 charges), scorching ray (1 charge).
You can also use an action to cast the fog cloud spell from the tome without using any charges, creating a cloud of smoke.
Random Properties. The Tome of the Searing Flame has the following random properties:
- 2 minor beneficial properties
- 1 major beneficial property
- 2 minor detrimental properties
Destroying the Tome of the Searing Flame. The Tome of the Searing Flame can be destroyed when hurled into the Elemental Plane of Water by a creature that has attuned to it and left there for a full hundred years, at which point the book disperses into ash. Any other attempt to destroy the tome seems to work, but the tome reappears in the Plane of Elemental Fire.
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