Xyston of Dragon Warding (A to Z Challenge, X)28 April, 2015
Xyston of Dragon Warding
These long spears are tipped with a sharp blade on one end and a simple spike on the other, the steel of which is discolored as if exposed to extreme heat, the wood of the shaft is dyed a dark grey from alchemical agents it has been treated with. The spear is heavier than one would expect and gives a great feeling of solidity. These spears were original constructed for an order of temple guards that had reason to fear dragon attacks, after the Sundering, the method for making them was almost lost except that the dwarves spent a great deal of blood and treasure in assembling the knowledge needed to recreate them.
A Xyston of Dragon Warding is a +1 long spear, unless you take the oath that binds its magic to you, then it becomes a +2 dragon-bane long spear. The oath is:
Never to let a dragon pass without challenge. Protect those whom the dragons would steal with your life. Never make a binding agreement with a dragon.
Breaking the oath makes the oath-breaker incapable of wielding any Xyston of Dragon Warding and brands them with a mark on their check that reveals them as forever untrustworthy. The mark can only be removed with a remove curse or similar magic.
But those who are true to the oath gain access to the Mobility feat, only when fighting dragons, a +4 resistance bonus to saves against fear caused by dragons and Resistance to the elemental attacks of dragons equal to their level.
Aura strong abjuration; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 20,305; Weight 10 lbs
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, cat’s grace, harm, quest, protection from energy, remove fear; Cost 10,000 + 305 for the long spear
Notes: X is not the friendliest letter to be working with but the Greek named a spear with it so that is good. This is designed to be the minimum needed for a team to fight a dragon, the bonus against fear allows them to fight, the mobility and the spear’s reach gives them a chance to engage without being killed as does the resistance to elemental attacks from dragons.
Obviously, this is also serving as my Tuesday magic item as well.