A particularly gruesome item, a shrunken head is the severed head of a humanoid that has been preserved to prevent decay. Generally, the process of preservation involves soaking the head in a mixture of alchemical ingredients and then hanging it to dry in the sun. By the end of the process, the head has reduced to a quarter of its original size. The process for creating shrunken heads originated in the deepest jungles and while they are occasionally made elsewhere, the vast majority are still created by headhunter shamans.
Each shunken head is keyed to a particular Knowledge skill. Once per day, the user may activate the shrunken head by holding in his hand and conversing with it for one minute, after which the user may immediately make a Knowledge skill check with a +1 competence bonus. The user must be able to speak and understand a language the shrunken head spoke in life to gain this bonus.
Minor necromancy; CL 5th; Craft Wondrous Item, speak with dead; Price 50gp.