Tuesday Magic Item – Scythetail Sovnya

3 December, 2014

Sharper than a serpent's toothThe nobles rode out on fine horses and carried a variety of weapons but the one bearing a pole-arm whose blade seemed to be made of polished bone caught the eye, though perhaps as much as from the confidence of the bearer as the weapon itself.

The other nobles gave him a wide berth but the common soldiers cheered him as the “drake killer”.

Scythetail Sovnya

These glaive-like pole-arms are made from the alchemically treated bone tail of a scythe drake mounted on shaft of strengthened hardwood.  The fittings are usually made of alchemical bronze and the maker’s mark is often placed just below the blade.

It is a +2 keen glaive that on a critical hit also inflicts one point of bleed damage and while held, the bearer gains a +2 competence bonus to Perception checks locate magically hidden creatures or to detect spell-casting.

As long as the wielder is not subject to any magical enhancements, the Scythetail Sovnya is perfectly cooperative.  However, if the wielder is subject to any magical enhancements (via spell, potion, or natural ability), the hatred of the scythedrake towards magic spills over and on a natural one on an attack roll, the wielder must make a Will save (DC 15 + the wielder Strength bonus) or they suffer damage as if they had struck themselves with the Scythetail Sovnya, on a natural one on the Will save, the wielder also suffers bleed damage.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 10,308; Weight 10 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, arcane sight, bull’s strength, keen edge; Cost 5,000 + 308 for the weapon

Notes: I like building weapons out of defeated foes, conceptually at least, so here is something to be made from a scythe drake and it plays to my attempt to make pole-arms more common.

Image is from Wikimedia Commons and is in the public domain.


One comment

  1. Heck yeah — harvesting monster parts is our collective jam. Also, pole arms! There’s nothing I don’t like about this.

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