Tuesday Magic Item – Tyrant’s War Banner

16 August, 2011

The personal guard of Hevron of the Bloody-Handed rallied around their leader, their shields and weapons splattered with the blood of the brave rebels would would tear down the tyrant.  Most of his army had already fled or defected to rebels after the church and the nobility at least came out against him rallying popular support.  The tyrant’s only chance was to make it to port and find a ship to take him away.  But the rebels wished to see him hanged, or worse.

The final assault came with waves of arrows, bolts and throwing weapons disrupting the ranks of the guards followed by a charge led by knights and holy warriors.  At last, it was only Hevron and his bannerman among a sea of sea but they did not sell their lives cheaply and the option to take him alive was never presented.  A cheer went up as his banner was forced to the ground and stained, at last, with the tyrant’s blood.

Tyrant’s War Banner

These banners are use to signal and rally soldiers loyal to a tyrant, they range from the simple and functional to the ornate and richly decorated but the design exemplifies the tyrant’s philosophy in some way.  However, a universal fact is that the banner pole is solidly built and capable of being used as a weapon.

The tyrant’s war banner inspires those fighting beneath it to slay the foes of their ruler, all of those sworn to the tyrant’s service within 60′ gain a +1 morale bonus to attack rolls and to saves against fear and when they kill an enemy of the tyrant, they gain a +1 morale bonus to damage for a round.

The bannerman and the tyrant (if within 30′) gains a +2 shield bonus to Armor Class.  Whenever one of the tyrant’s sworn servants in killed within 60′ of the banner the bannerman and the tyrant (if within 30′ of the banner) each gain 1 temporary hit point (these temporary hit points stack with themselves) for one minute.

When used as a weapon, treat the banner as a +1 polearm (usually a long spear but occasional something else).

Aura moderate necrourgy and transmutation; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 22,350; Weight 8 lbs
Requirements Craft Magical Arms and Armor, Craft Wondrous Item, eagle’s splendor, vampiric touch, rage, shield; Cost 11,000 + 350 for the banner pole (+880 xp for D&D)

Notes: Villains need cool toys too and something that makes a tyrant’s personal guard more fearsome seems like a good thing.


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