New Magic Item – Ambush Bolts

28 November, 2012

Surprise!Black Jock was a highwayman, of the worst sort, the one that even the other bandits did not like.  He was far too found of killing those he robbed.  But he was quick and a dead shot with a crossbow so very few made much out of it.  Still, not one was surprised when he was found out back of the Dancing Hare with a knife in the liver and his corpse stripped of all valuables.  Most -secretly for they were not prone to examining their thoughts on morality- believed that he had only brought such an end on himself and the kindest word said of his passing was “At least he didn’t soil himself at the end.”

Ambush Bolt

These crossbow bolts, usually for light crossbows, are made of dark wood and dulled metal so as not to be seen.  The metal used in them has almost always been reforged from broken or stolen weapons.

An ambush bolt is a +1 light crossbow bolt but when fired at an opponent unaware of the attacker it is a +2 keen light crossbow bolt.  Each is good for only one attack, as the magic bound to them in crude and inexpensive.

But the magic used to make them is flawed and leaves a taint on the user, when they are attacked from surprise for each ambush bolt fired the critical threat ranged of an attack made on the user of the bolts in increased by one.  This curse persists until a critical hit is scored upon the user of the ambush bolts.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 3rd
Slot none; Price 232; Weight .1 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Magical Arms and Armor, cat’s grace, keen weapon, magic weapon; Cost 112.5 +7 for the bolt

Notes: Firstly, my apologies to GM’s for the bookkeeping involved with this item, of course you can always just eyeball it and have it trigger when appropriate.  Secondly, my apologies for not getting this up yesterday, was fighting off a fever and still feeling a bit under the weather.

Photo by Cliffski and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.


  1. An interesting and subtle curse on these. Nice.

    • Thank you. Live by the sneak attack, die by the sneak attack. And minor curses and flawed items always make life interesting.

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