Of the empire's great houses none is more widely known, nor more respected, than that of the Rigel family. With a history spanning more than a millenium its patriarchs and matriarchs have been involved in the empire's politics for as long as anyone can remember.
No single person can lead a great house on their own and the Rigel family is supported by a very large staff of servants and advisors. None stands higher than the majordomo of this great house.
While each estate has a large staff of servants led by an exceptional butler, the majordomo of the family oversees all of these servants and operates as the unseen hand of the master of the family. It matters not if the leader is a patriarch or a matriarch, the majordomo is the one who ensures the internal affairs of the family run smoothly.
One of the chief items used by this unseen servant is the Monocle of the Majordomo. This powerful item was created at some point in the past to assist the majordomo in managing the many estates of the Rigel family. While all of its powers are unknown it is said to be the key item that allows one person to manage the internal staffing and supply needs of such a large family.
What we do know about is the lesser monocles used by the estate butlers. These golden monocles (the majordomo’s monocle is made of platinum) have been briefly pilfered and examined. From these short examinations we have learned the powers of the lesser monocles, and made some assumptions about the power of the unique monocle of the majordomo.
Power one: Once per day a single short message (as per the cantrip) may be sent to the majordomo of the family. There is no range limit on this message but it must be less than 30 seconds long. It is suspected that the unique monocle can respond and create a long lasting two-way communication link when responding.
Power two: Once the monocle has attuned to the manor in which it is used any out of place or missing items will glow with a hazy green glow. In the case of missing items a ghostly apparition of the item will appear where it should be when viewed through the monocle. If the item is within the manor a ghostly thread will link the item to its assigned place. This power is limited to permanent items such as art, furniture, and expensive serving items.
Power three: A visual list of all appointments and guests for the house can be called up at will. This list covers events within +/- 30 days.
Power four: A map of the house and locations of all servants in the house can be viewed at will.
The few monocles that have left the possession of the family are typically recovered by agents of the family within 48 hours. Most of these have been acquired by the thieves guild as they are extremely useful for planning heists targeting the given manor.
At least one thieves guild did attempt to sever a golden monocle from the majordomo’s unique monocle. It did not end well for the guild in question. If such a severed monocle were to appear on the open market it would fetch a very high price; gold or your life, depending upon who found out about the sale first.