Compass that doesn't point North
Aura moderate divination; CL 7th
Slot —; Price 2,100 gp; Weight 1/2 lb.
A savvy compass appears to be an ordinary brass compass of the type normally used by sailors. However, it does not point north. Upon being given the proper command word, the savvy compass becomes attuned to its current location. Thereafter, as long as the compass is on the same plane, its needle always points to the exact location, latitude and longitude, to which it is attuned. The savvy compass cannot “forget” its location once it is attuned; the command word only works once. The compass does not function while on a different plane from its attuned location.
Craft Wondrous Item, guiding star, creator must have 3 ranks in either Profession (sailor) or Survival; Cost 1,050 gp.
Although the magical principles involved in creating such an item are simple, the savvy compass is a relatively recent invention. It is thought to be used by pirates who hide treasure for fear of being boarded by the law (or by merchants, for fear of being boarded by pirates).