Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 299
- For another meaning of "Wayfinder", please see Wayfinder (magazine).
A wayfinder is a magic item used almost exclusively by members of the Pathfinder Society, so much so that the small device is a calling card of sorts for the explorers and chroniclers known as Pathfinders.
The device functions primarily as a magnetic compass, and also can emit light when instructed. It contains at least one slot that fits an ioun stone, and magical wires that channel and amplify the stone's power. Such augmented ioun stones conflict with each other, preventing someone from holding multiple augmented wayfinders, though some wayfinders have multiple independent ioun stone slots.
When a wayfinder includes an ioun stone in this manner, it also reveals new behaviors that vary between wayfinders and ioun stones. For instance, Eando Kline's wayfinder, when fitted in this manner, stopped pointing north, directing the Pathfinder instead across Varisia and the Hold of Belkzen toward an unknown location.
Wayfinder designs are derived from ancient Azlanti artifacts, and a few such Azlanti devices still exist. While most experienced magical crafters can build a new wayfinder, many date back decades or even centuries and are handed down across generations.
Particularly rare among wayfinders are those crafted outside of the standard-issue specifications. An ebon wayfinder, for example, allows its wielder to see in the dark and spread magical darkness.
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