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So, a totem. You need a small object, potentially heavy, something you can have on you all the time that no one else knows.


What? Like a coin?


No, it needs to be more unique than that.
This is a loaded die.
I can’t let you touch it, that would defeat the purpose.
See, only I know the balance and weight of this particular loaded die.
That way when you look at the totem,
you know beyond a doubt… 

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