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Tuesday Magic Item – Hovering Hornet Bolts

3 May, 2011

The air buzzed with the three bolts that kept pace with Marklan, our crossbowman, when the spearmen leapt out.  He shot one and the hovering bolts launched themselves onto the attack and took down two more.

“The buzzing of those damn things gives me a headache,” said Noric the Mage, “but they pay for themselves every time we are attacked.”

“Agreed.”

Hovering Hornet Bolts

These bolts are painted in patterns of yellow and black and wrapped with strips of fine cloth.

Hovering Hornet Bolts are +1 bolts that inflict an additional 1d4 points of sonic damage on a critical hit.

By speaking a command word just before firing them will cause them to hover by the shooter for up to ten minutes, then they fall to the ground their magic expended.  When the shooter next fires, the hovering bolts follow and can be aimed at any target within 10′ of the what the shooter was aiming at.  The attacks rolls for the bolts are the same as if they had been shot by the shooter and a shooter may have as many in the air at one time as his Charisma modifier (minimum one).  The bolts cause an audible buzzing sound while they are hovering.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 8,500 per 50 (176.1 each); Weight 5 lbs per 50
Construction
Requirements Craft Magical Arms and Armor, fly, magic missile, shout, the creator must be proficient in the crossbow; Cost 4,250 + 305 for the bolts (+340 xp for D&D)

Notes: Extra firepower for the crossbow wielders, especially useful for those slow loading heavy crossbows.

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