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Box of Duplication
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Rarity: Legendary+
Aura: Generic (Strong)
The "box" may take the form of a chest, wardrobe, jeweler's box, etc.; importantly, the closure must have ample inside space and a closing lid, and be opaque.
When the box is opened, if it was previously empty, it remains empty; if a single non-magical item was placed in it when it was last closed, the box is filled to capacity with exact clones of that item; if the box had a single magic item in it when it was last closed, and that magic item is based on a mundane, non-magical item (an unenchanted sword, a regular ring, a normal scroll with writing), the box is filled with clones of the mundane item. The original item is also present, but jumbled randomly within the box, and it is hard to locate amongst its clones (without aid--e.g., Detect Magic for magical items).
The box explicitly can be used to duplicate currency and precious materials (such as gems and expensive material components), as well as spellbooks (which aren't themselves magical) and most alchemical potions which don't rely on magic to take effect (such as Alchemist's Fire, or a tanglefoot bag). Thus, lest they fall into the hands of unscrupulous, avaricious persons, these boxes are quite rare.
There is no known way to create one of these boxes, short of a Wish or divine intervention. A Wish or divine intervention to such a box may also convert it to a Greater Box of Duplication.
The AC and HP are as expected for the mundane container it appears to be. When destroyed, if it contained an item which could be duplicated as above: roll a d100; if 10 or below, the remains of the box explode with duplicates. The amount below 10 determines both the number of duplicates and the force with which they are ejected, at the DM's discretion; in general, rolling 5 or below when cloning a sharp object (like a dagger) is enough to cause several (e.g. 3d6) rolls to hit to any creatures within a range of 30', while an exact 10 may only result in 1d4 rolls to hit at a range of 10'. More massive weapons may travel further and hit harder.
Per Detect Magic, the box has a strong aura, but without a particular school affiliation.
Mechanics
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Yep, this box was intentionally designed to wreck all economies. Sorry, not sorry.
Someone in canon had, in fact, already been doing this. A little while after Froebelius hears about Knorr and its promises from Gwynn, he manages to steal one of these beauties and use it to, uh, "stock up the treasury". He's discreet and careful enough about it that it doesn't hyperinflate Antioch's currency, but it does help in that it means he (or his parliament) can carefully control inflation without worrying about how much gold they're mining (which is absolutely none). Froebelius spins some tales about a trade agreement with the dwarves in public; in private, he tells Helen about it, and uses it to supplement the resources of the Temple there, especially for the very expensive components needed for things like creating holy water, Hallowing, and, of course, Resurrection (and varieties). The clever wizard tries to make a few duplicate orbs as well, quickly determining that it doesn't work like that.
In C2, the party discovers this one "hidden in plain sight" in the archive at the Mage College, and lift it from an unsuspecting archivist. When they discover what it can be used for, predictable amounts of hell break loose.