New Spell – Ward Iron

21 September, 2009

The fey know of their vulnerability to cold iron, luckily their magic can overcome that . . . to some extent.

The faerie knight saw us draw our swords, he made a gesture of warding and then saluted us with his bronze weapon.  As we fought, our weapons did not bite as often as they should have as if some force was turning them away.

Ward Iron
Abjuration [Fey]
Level: Brd 1, Sor/Wiz 1
Components: S, M
Casting Time: 1 Action
Range: Touch
Effect: 1 creature
Duration: 10 minutes/level (D)
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

Ward Iron provides the protected creature with a +2 deflection bonus to its armor class for the duration of the spell against all weapons made primarily of iron or steel.  This will protect against arrows, axes and spears as the damage inflicting part of the weapon is iron or steel.

The material component is a pinch of magnetized iron filings.

Note: The fey are too skilled at magic not to try and compensate for their weakness against cold iron.  This was one of the ways I thought they might do so.


  1. As most weapons in D&D are not typically designated as any sort of material, do you rule that weapons without a special material are iron? I’m curious. As a player with this spell in the world I would almost certainly use bronze weapons simply because they provide no penalty and suddenly give the added bonus of not dealing with the possibility of this spell.

    Just a thought.

    • In the standard D&D setting (and in the setting the spell was originally designed for) the default material for weapons would be iron or steel.

      Bronze weapons are heavier and not as resistant to damage as iron or steel (bronze being a softer metal). But I have no problem with characters using weapons made of unusual materials.

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