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Tuesday Magic Item – Lady Sun’s Blessed Yari (For Pathfinder, D&D5 and L5R)

21 June, 2016

Steel as gright as the Sun

The blade of the yari blazing like the sun as the samurai spun and thrust, each strike of the spearing bringing down a monster.  But the number of the enemies seemed endless and even with all their skill and a weapon blessed by Lady Sun herself, and slowly the heroic warrior was forced back, armor torn and body covered in cuts and scratches.

At last, one of the mightiest of the monsters, a creature the size of a house, decided to end this and charged.  The samurai leapt to meet the monster, like a shooting star, and like the shooting star, there was a burst of light and then darkness as the samurai was crushed under the now unmoving bulk of the creature, victorious even in death.

Lady Sun’s Blessed Yari

These fine spears are crafted only during the day, all work on their construction if done with the light of Lady Sun shining upon the process.  The tempered steel of the blade is polished to a mirror brightness, the wooden shaft oiled or waxed to a warm glow and decorated with charms.

These are +2 yari (longspear) which, when wielded by an honorable, as defined by bushido, warrior the wielder may add their Charisma to damage against monsters and undead.  Once per day, and only against monsters or undead, the wielder may on a successful attack inflict fire damage equal to their level in d4 which also sets the target on fire.

When fighting monsters and undead, the wielder gains a +2 shield bonus to armor class and a +4 morale bonus to saves  against fear.

Aura moderate evocation; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 20,305; Weight 9 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, aid, flame strike, shield of faith; Cost 10,000 + 305 for the weapon

For D&D5:

Weapon (spear), very rare (requires attunement)

The user gains a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon which, when wielded by an honorable, as defined by bushido, warrior the wielder may use their Charisma for attack and damage instead of Strength.  Once per day, and only against monsters or undead, the wielder may on a successful attack inflict fire damage equal to their level in d4 and the target takes 1d4 fire damage at the start of each of its turns. A creature can end this damage by using its action to make a DC 10 Dexterity check to extinguish the flames.

When fighting monsters and undead, the wielder is treated as using a shield (a +2 bonus to armor class) and gains advantage on saves  against fear.

For Legend of the Five Rings:

These weapons are rare and often held by Temples to Amaterasu and only brought out in the direst emergencies.

These spears are treated as crystal for the purpose of what creatures can be harmed by them.  But is true power is only revealed when wielded by someone with an honor of six or higher, for those noble samurai, they may add half their Honor (rounded down) to the total of attack rolls with the yari against any creature with one or more rank of taint (or shadow taint) and their full honor to the total of any damage roll against such creatures and their ATN against such creatures is raised by half (round down).

Additionally, once a day, after a successful strike against a tainted creature, they may invoke Lady Sun’s wraith to inflict [x]k[x] fire damage where x is half, rounded down, of the wielder’s honor and continues to burn for 1k1 damage until extinguished.

Anyone with an honor of one or lesee who picks up the yari suffers 1k1 fire damage per round, this is increased to [x]k[x] if the being is tainted where x is their rank of taint.

Notes: Something for Yesterday’s Summer Solstice.  Yes, monster is a broad category, here being used to represent those creatures that are actively seeking to destroy civilization.

Three rules systems, one item!  The most I have ever done.  Enjoy.

Photo by Lx 121 found on Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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One comment

  1. Cool to get a non-Western weapon!



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