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Celestian Orb (Major Artifact)

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
ArtifactsGame MaterialMagic Items & GearThird Edition

Milennia ago, the celestial champion Aera led an epic holy crusade against the Nine Hells, slaying the overlord of the Lower Realms and ensuring the safety of the Planes from fiendish invasion for millennia to come. To ensure that his strength and wisdom would continue to protect the world, Aera was requested by his patron deity to travel to the material plane and father a child with a mortal. Unfortunately, the celestial found himself unable to complete his task, when he realised that the world he returned to had become almost as evil and corrupt as the fiendish planes he had spent centuries fighting against. Aera was not able to find a brave and righteous enough mortal, nor was he willing to introduce a child of his into what had become such a realm of evil.

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Magicbane (Minor Artifact)

posted Saturday, December 17th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
ArtifactsGame MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWeapons

This simple black-handled blade is similar to a longsword in appearance, but reduced in size to that of a dagger. For the purposes of being used in combat, it counts as a +5 keen dagger.

However, only when in the possession of an arcane spellcaster is Magicbane’s true power unleashed. Its base damage increases from 1d4 to 2d4, and on an attack roll of a natural 20 the target must make a Fortitude save, DC24 or be slain instantly. This ability functions even if the the target is normally immune to critical hits, but not against enemies immune to death effects.

Magicbane grants its possessor spell resistance 25, and immunity to death effects, polymorphing, sleep, paralysis and hold effects. The possessor is immune to all curses (such as bestow curse) – except, however, on a roll of a natural 1 on a the save (the possessor is afforded a Will save versus curses which do not normally allow a save). Additionally, the possessor may freely discard any cursed items, and all items he carries are immune to rust and disintegration.

Magicbane does not have to be actually held or wielded for the possessor to gain these benefits, merely keeping it on the owner’s belt is sufficient. Just as well, since the weapon is intelligent and detests being used in actual combat. If the weapon is drawn in earnest combat, an ego conflict occurs, and the wielder must succeed at a Will save (DC31) or be unable to use the dagger as a weapon for one day; success means that it allows itself to be used as a weapon for one day. It has the following ability scores: Int 22, Wis 18, Cha 19; with an Ego score of 31. Its alignment is Neutral and it can communicate telepathically with its owner if within 100ft. It is also unaffected by antimagic or dead magic areas.

In the hands of any other than an arcane spellcaster, the weapon behaves only as a +5 keen dagger. Its preferred owners are wizards and adepts. At the DM’s discretion, it may opt to hide its powers for an owner it deems not a serious arcane spellcaster (a fighter with only one level in wizard, or an assassin).

Strong evocation; CL 19th; Weight 1 lb.

I converted this from Nethack.

Thundaril (Minor Artifact weapon)

posted Sunday, December 18th 2005 by Jonathan Drain
ArtifactsGame MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWeapons

Known through the centuries under several names, this legendary greataxe has been wielded by countless generations of dwarven heroes. Constant exposure to powerful magic and untold feats of bravery has infused the weapon with a soul of its own, and some believe it has been blessed by Moradin himself.

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