New Magic Item – Rod of Satrapal Authority

19 July, 2010

And so did Olix, Satrap of Errontis and scion of the Dragon Novix, smite the rebels with his rod, laying waste to them with the breath of his master which froze and killed those foolish subject who rebelled.  As the final blow to the revolt, Olix shattered the ice rimed form of the rebellion’s leader with his rod and pronounced the rebellion over.

Rod of Satrapal Authority

These rods are created for the Draconic Houses as symbols of Imperial, Satrapal and Draconic authority.  They are usually decorated with the symbol of the House and, often, with the that of the territory they are assigned to rule.  The materials made to craft the rod are taken from the land it symbolizes rule over, an example would be the Rod of Satrapal Authority over the Sternwald made of purple veined black cirras wood and wrapped with copper and carved amber.

Scepter of Tsar Boris III

A symbol of authority

The depending on the construction and weight, it can be used as either a +1 light or heavy mace.  It also provides its owner with a +4 enhancement bonus to their Charisma and it absorbs the first 80 points of energy damage they suffer (this ability ‘recharges’ at the rate of 10 points an hour).  Lastly, thrice a day as a standard action it can generate a 50′ cone of energy (type set when the rod was made) that inflicts 8d8+8 points of damage, Reflex save (DC 24) for half.

Older rods or those made for a specific individual may have additional powers.

Aura strong abjuration, evocation and transmutation; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 85,000; Weight 2-8 lbs depending on construction.
Requirements Craft Rod, eagle’s splendor, protection from energy, one evocation spell of an appropriate energy type of 5th level or higher; Cost 42,500 (+3,400 xp for D&D)

Notes:  This design can be used as a model for any symbol of authority enhanced by a greater power but is especially appropriate for the servants of dragons or elemental powers.

Image from wikimedia commons.

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