The Order of Secrets
- Magnifying Lens
- Multiplex Knife
- Slide Rule
- Telegraph Key
- Clockwork Prosthetics
- Diving Dress
- Carbolic Acid
- Acetylsalicylic Acid (Aspirin)
- Arsphenamine (Arsenic alternative)
Ninja Suit: This is the classic pitch black, head-totoe garment with only a small slit in the hood for the eyes, but the fit is comfortable enough for freemovement. The ninja suit provides a +2 to Infiltration and visual Stealth rolls in dark surroundings. It hides any distinctive features the wearer might have unless they’re directly related to the eyes. Furthermore, it gives observers -2 to any rolls to accurately remember details such as the wearer’s height and weight unless the user has extreme physical traits such as extra limbs, Fat, or Gigantism.
Sword-Grappling Gloves: One of the more impressive tricks is a bare-handed sword catch. Well, not quite bare-handed, if they can help it. The trick involves slapping the hands together around an incoming sword. Treat this as a unarmed parry at -5. It requires both hands but grapples the sword if successful; if not, the attacker may choose to do damage to either hand or his original target. To assist in this trick, ninja wore gloves impregnated with a sort of sandpaper made from crushed shells. The additional friction helps stop the sword, reducing the penalty to -3.
Water-Walking Shoes: Large wooden disks with concentric rings connected to them. These shoes spread out the force of the wearer’s weight and take advantage of the water’s surface tension to keep him on the surface of the water if he moves quickly. These shoes allow the user to walk on any liquid, but he must move at least five yards per second and carry no more than Light encumbrance. If he does not, he sinks immediately.
Spiral Elevator: Since at least the time of Archimedes, it was known that a screw could turn rotary into linear motion. This effect was used throughout the Old World to pump water out of mines or from canals into fields for irrigation. During the Renaissance, an engineer realized that the principle could be used for solid loads. Designed to lift a tender up and down a pigeon loft, this “elevator” was a post with a spiral groove up its height and a platform that could ride in the groove like a railroad track. Pulling the platform forward (by pulling a rope, turning a crank, or pushing on the wall of the platform) moved the platform around the post and up, while pushing the other way moved the platform back down; a counterweight reduced the work necessary to raise and lower the platform. The elevator could be operated by an occupant of the platform or other power sources (servants, draft animals, a nearby waterwheel, etc.) on the ground. Though designed for purely utilitarian purposes, it would be a majestic replacement for a staircase in a bishop’s or nobleman’s palace.