For Sale! Original URRS Red Fleet Infantry Hook Dating From Great Patriotic War. Certificate Of Authenticity. $2,000 Minimum Bid.
It’s a con. While there is indeed a hook on offer, it is of much more recent manufacture and has been artificially aged with little effort spent on it (DC 11 to detect using an appropriate skill). The certificate is an obvious forgery (DC 9 to detect using an appropriate skill). Also, asking $ 2,000 (equivalent to Purchase DC 20) for a hook is a rip off. Finally, there is the question wether buying a hook (a military grade telekinetic weapon) would be legal anyway – which just makes the setup so much simpler and more attractive to the con men (“so, you want to press charges… …against the people you bought an illegal military weapon from because they lied to you about said weapon’s age?”).
This is an aspect to the otherwise so central idea of history that I have not spent much time on before. Now that I mention it, however, a campaign concept with cops and robbers and ghostly encounters on old battlefields practically writes itself.