The Prestige Class Pathfinder Chronicler gets the following ability at level 1:
Deep Pockets (Ex): A Pathfinder chronicler collects items as well as lore, picking up small amounts of this or that throughout her travels. As a result, she may carry unspecified equipment worth up to 100 gp per class level. This can be any kind of gear that can reasonably fit into a backpack, including potions and scrolls (but not any other sort of magic item). As a full-round action, the chronicler may dig through her pockets to retrieve an item she specifies at that time, deducting its value from the allocated amount of cost. This item cannot weigh more than 10 pounds. When the total remaining cost reaches 0, the chronicler can retrieve no more items until she refills her deep pockets by spending a few hours and an amount of gold to bring her total up to 100 gp per class level.
In addition, if she takes 1 hour to pack her gear each day, she gains a +4 bonus to Strength to determine her light encumbrance. This does not affect her maximum carrying capacity. The efficient distribution of weight simply encumbers her less than the same amount of weight normally should. Finally, the Pathfinder chronicler gains a +4 bonus on Sleight of Hand checks made to conceal small objects on her person.
As an example, my Pathfinder Society party discovers that a pair of manacles would be handy. I use a full-round action to retrieve common manacles with an average lock, decreasing my Deep Pockets stash by 55 gold. By the end of the scenario I am able to retrieve the manacles. What happens to the manacles at the conclusion of the scenario? I see three options:
- I keep the manacles, add them to my chronicle sheet and inventory tracking as a purchased item. These can now be resold at half price, allowing me to recoup 27.5 gold
- I lose the manacles. They are treated as an expendable item that has a duration of that scenario.
- The manacles are redistributed into my Deep Pockets funds. I recoup the full cost of the manacles straight into deep pockets.
Of these, I think #3 is least likely. However, I can see arguments for the other two. Since the ability doesn't specify any of this, I assume #1 is correct. In this case, Deep Pockets works like a delayed store and any items retrieved are added to inventory.
Keeping in mind I'm looking for a Pathfinder Society level answer, is my assumption correct? If none of these are correct, what happens to non-expendable items pulled from Deep Pockets?
Note: I'm not asking about how the credit is spent or replenished; that is clear in the rules. I'm looking for clarification as to what happens to non-expendable items at the conclusion of a Pathfinder Society scenario.