Tuesday Magic Item – Mountaineer’s War Pick

12 October, 2010

Up the side of the mountain they came in the night, scaling the walls thought unclimbable.  The brave mountaineers overcame the guards wielding their climbing picks as weapons and opened the citadel’s doors.

Mountaineer’s War Pick

There is some dispute over the origin of these items, while the first of them were made by the dwarves but there is an argument over if the dwarves invented them or the Mountaineers of Alkava provided the inspiration.  In any case, they appear as rugged climbing picks with a steel reinforced haft and a wrist loop of stout, braided leather.

War Pick

War Pick

The mountaineer’s war pick is a +1 light pick, it gains an additional +1 to attack against targets with +5 or higher armor or natural armor bonuses and against creatures with the Earth subtype, it has a 19-20 critical range.  The pick is very hard for the wielder to lose, gaining a +5 bonus to resist any effect that would take the weapon away (including a +5 to CMD against disarm attempts).

Used as a climbing tool, the mountaineer’s war pick provides a +5 competence bonus to climbing checks.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 7,500; Weight 4 lbs
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, bull’s strength, keen edge, spider climb; Cost 3,750 (+300 xp for D&D)

Notes: A multipurpose weapon / skill add item, useful in many adventuring situations.

Image from Wikimedia commons.

One comment

  1. I’m a big light pick fan, and I think this is a cool thematic weapon. It is also something I could see someone coming up with – I have this image of Dwarven arctic troops with crampons and snow goggles emerging from a howling blizzard to paint the snow red.

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