Bellona’s Horn and Sword – New Magic Items / A to Z Blogging Challenge [B]

2 April, 2011

The army of the Republic marched to war accompanied by the priestess of the goddess of war.  Before battle she would read the auguries,  pray for the goddess’ blessing and present the Sword of Bellona to the centurion who would lead the vanguard of the army into battle.

Bellona by Rodin


The sword was a mixed blessing according to the soldiers, it was a fine weapon and truly blessed, but it always managed to find the heart of the battlefield.  Death and blood surrounded it in combat.

Sometimes the priestess herself would intervene, signally with the horn of her goddess or, more rarely, calling upon the goddess’ overwhelming presence to break their resolve and inspire the army that follows her.

Bellona’s Horn

These signal horns are made from natural black horns, usually from an aurochs or ram, and decorated with silver and brass.  They bear the symbols of Bellona inscribed upon them: the helmet, sword and torch.  The horn always seems heavy, the person carrying it cannot avoid the knowledge that it is there.

The bearer of the horn gains a +4 moral bonus to saves against Fear and is treated as if they had the Endurance feat.  The note of the horn is very clear and can be heard from a considerable distance.

But the greater power of the horn is that, up to three time a day, it may be sounded as a full round action to cause a 90′ cone of fear.  All enemies of the horn’s sounder in that area of effect must make a Will save (DC 17) or be shaken for one round plus one round for each two points they failed the save by.  When used by someone with at least 3 ranks in perform (horns or similar), the DC of the Will save is raised to 18, if they have at least 10 ranks in the appropriate perform skill, the area is increased to a 120′ cone.

Aura strong necrourgy [fear]; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 35,000; Weight 2 lbs
Requirements Craft Wondrous Items, bear’s endurance, fear, ghost sound, creator must be a follower of Bellona and have the widen spell metamagic feat and at least 3 ranks in perform (horns or similar); Cost 17,500 (+1,400 xp for D&D)

Bellona’s Sword

This sword is consecrated and blessed by the cult of Bellona and it is designed to be used in war, as such is in a plain heavily-made sword with a grip of roughened ivory and tarnished silver marked with the helm and torch of Bellona.  The weapon is not intelligent yet it still seem unhappy if it is kept from the battlefield for too long.

Bellona’s Sword is a +2 flaming sword that inflicts +2 damage against foes who are suffering from any level of fear.  The bearer gains a +1 deflection bonus to armor class against ranged attacks and a +2 enhancement bonus to Charisma while on a battlefield.

Aura strong evocation; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 25,000 + price of the sword; Weight by sword
Requirements Craft Magical Arms and Armor, death knell or vampiric touch, eagle’s splendor, fireball or flame strike, creator must be a follower of Bellona; Cost 12,500 + price of the sword (+1,000 xp for D&D)

Notes: Bellona was the Roman goddess of war and from where we get the term ‘bellicose’.

Her sword was a made a flaming one as both the sword and the torch are among her symbols.

The picture is from Wikimedia commons and is by David Monniaux and is used under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.


  1. You’ve done a really nice job with your A and B. Keep up the good work!


  2. […] and is using it to create 26 unique magic items. So far we have Aphrodite’s Anklet and Bellona’s Horn and Sword. I can hardly wait to see what else gets […]

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