Wondrous item, artifact (requires attunement by a spellcaster)
The Tome of the Tearing Gale 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 extremely thin sheets of electrum that are far stronger than they appear and inlaid with emeralds and feathers that seem to glow with the power of elemental air, while its pages appear to be made from clouds, though they don't disperse, remaining within the boundaries of the book at all times. The book can weather even the most powerful of gales entirely unscathed, as it has been recorded to have spent at least a decade trapped within a gigantic tornado, before being ripped out by a wild roc. The book contains intricate descriptions of many powerful beings of elemental air, along with descriptions of countless creatures of elemental air, from air elementals to invisible stalkers. The book is held shut by a clasp shaped like a cloud. Only a creature that has attuned to the tome can open the clasp. Any other creature that attempts to open the book is consumed by a raging storm, taking 10d6 lightning damage and 10d6 thunder 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 a cloud and is destroyed alongside any nonmagical possessions. Magical possessions remain intact, though they are covered in a thin film of water that breaks when touched.
Power of Storm. While you are attuned to the tome, you are immune to lightning and thunder damage. Additionally, when you cast a spell that deals lightning or thunder damage, you deal an additional 1d6 lightning or thunder 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) from it: fly (2 charges), gust of wind (2 charges), lightning bolt (5th-level version, 3 charges), thunderwave (5th-level version, 3 charges).
You can also use an action to cast the fog cloud spell from the tome without using any charges.
Random Properties. The Tome of the Tearing Gale has the following random properties:
- 2 minor beneficial properties
- 1 major beneficial property
- 2 minor detrimental properties
Destroying the Tome of the Tearing Gale. The Tome of the Tearing Gale can be destroyed when hurled into the Elemental Plane of Earth by a creature that has attuned to it and left there for a full hundred years, at which point the book disperses into clouds. Any other attempt to destroy the tome seems to work, but the tome reappears in the Plane of Elemental Air.
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