The Deck of Many Things

You come across a small ornate box

In your searching of the area, you find a small ornate box tucked into a corner. It made from a beautiful wood and is covered in jewels, and a small lock holds it closed. What do you do?

This project began, in a way, with the Harrow deck, and I needed to have the regular Deck of Many Things as well, and so I ordered it off Etsy. At this point, the thinking began.

For you see, most Decks of Many Things come with 13 cards, though some can carry as many as 26! I have decided to do both.

So for this deck, working with primarily cardboard scraps and extra cloth I had laying around, I set about making a box with two hidden compartments in it, thin little slots where an envelope containing cards might go. The main box holds the primary 13 cards, but with a successful investigation check (after picking the lock, something the players at the table will be able to mess with directly!), they can find that the inner lining can be removed, revealing the two hidden envelopes inside, containing the remaining cards.

The deck of many things, with the box, and the wish card drawn, moon A scattering of cardboard, arranged to look somewhat like a face holding a smaller pile of scrap cardboard Tall, thin strips of cardboard glued onto dark brown patches of cloth
One inner side of the box assembled, having a slot to place a small envelope of cards The red velvet lining of the box, appearing clean and flat. Think of it like, the box has had the top face of it removed, so basically an open box, except one side is a door. And the bottom face is hiding the cards The inner lining partially pulled back, revealing the envelope behind it. Little fun fact, each envelope contains six cards. There's actually one extra card, a blank one! Oooohhhhh, GM choice.
The box will at some point soon, when possible, be given a shimmery wood veneer surface, and have gemstones (sry plastic most likely tbh but still) set into the surface like the picture on the right. I will come up with a way of having it lockable, however I can make that to happen. And otherwise, what I feel was the most difficult part (I may be eating those words) is finished at this point, the interior of the box with its very exactly sized hidden compartments and all kinds of tiny cardboard pieces that all had to be fitted in. Tbh digging small shallows into the veneer to set the gemstones into could be very tricky, but I think I can pull that off, woodworking tools and essentially removing half of the veneer in those spots. It'll be a trial, but I'll get it. For the lock I will use an old luggage lock, you know the ones with the default key, something that the players will have a good chance of picking open, and also it's small.

This page will be updated when I get the wooden veneer, after getting back to England where my woodworking tools are and stuff. Otherwise, the interior is complete!

Interior finished August 27, 2021




Did you want to draw a card from the 13 or the 22 card deck?

The envelope opened, and the cards partially pulled out, laid on top of the box, still showing the lining pulled back. The box, now completely closed up, being held together with white elastics. The box is brown on the outside with the lip of a red lining showing, with the cards inside. It looks a little bit like a mouth, kinda muppet-like or something. The cards and inner linings have been removed, revealing how the envelopes look with the lining out. From a muppet perspective, it looks like he took his dentures out, kinda light brown gums showing there.
Due to my not having gotten the veneer just yet, the rather rustic looking box, brown fabric and elastics showing, has a scrap of paper taped to the face of it, rather clumsily written with the words ornate box An imagining of the outside veneer, a very light, shimmering wavey patterned wood type, with four blue gemstones and four red gemstones on the face. The blue and red are drawn in a paint program, just filled in circles, with the four blue gemstones being close to the corners, and the red gemstomes making up a smaller rectangle closer to the middle. A gold padlock and latch are drawn at  the top of the box, and a dark brown line shows where the lid would be



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