Hristos, of House Flambeaux, was a young mage new to his covenant when some unknown interlopers snuck into their territory and stole away vis from one of their vis sources. While someone else had to deal with fixing their grog patrols, Hristos was assigned to craft an item to allow them to signal the covenant if something amiss happened. He decided with experimentation, he could make a more impressive item, and the covenant was donating the vis needed to craft it, so he wouldn't lose anything if it went wrong.
Lamp of Flaring Lights (Creo Ignem [Imaginem] 12)
R: Sight, D: Momentary, T: Group
This is a burnished lamp has a number of colored glass beads set on its sides, and is designed to be hooked into a belt loop. When the command phrase is called out, and the lamp waved into the air, a burning brand of light will burst into the air of different colors based on the glass beads set into the lamp. Because of Hristos's sigil, a whirling sword of fire spins out to the targeted point before exploding into a glowing, briefly hovering burst of flame.
(Base 3, +3 sight; 3 uses per day)
Side Effects table (1d10)
1 Exaggerated Sigil: A knife of fire zips out to the desired point and height, before bursting into a large glowing sigil similar to a hovering sword of flame.
2-3 Minor Flaw: Whoever actually triggers the see the burst of light, which will dazzle them briefly, giving them a -2 penalty to vision-based checks for a diameter. This happens even if they look away, or have their eyes closed.
4-5 Minor Side Effect: The colors do change of the flare, but it is random rather than decided on activation
6 Minor Benefit: Anyone looking at the lamp when it is activated will be briefly dazzled, giving them a -2 penalty to vision based checks for a diameter. The person activating this can easily avoid the issue by looking away.
7 Major Flaw: ?
8 Major Side Effect: After the flare burns out as the duration ends, burnt coal and ashes rain down from its location for a minute.
9 Major Benefit: As the purpose of this item is for signalling, when the lamp bursts its light apon use, the flare also lets out a loud clap of noise drawing attention.
10 Fatal Flaw: The individual who activates the enchanted item is the only person who can actually see the flare, though nobody can figure out why this is.