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Tuesday Magic Item – Scourge of the Vanities

7 February, 2017

All is vanityGollaon pulled his plain cloak tighter around him.  “We had best make our way away.”

“Agreed,” muttered Voddick having acquired a stout club.  “Such fanaticism is dangerous.”

The pair skirted the edges of the crowd who had gathered to listen to and be led by the priest who denounced and sought to destroy those physical items which -he claimed- made people weak to their desires and passions.  Mirrors, cosmetics, fine cloth, books and artwork were piled up and soon to be put to the torch to spare people from their temptations.

Once clear of the chanting crowds, Voddick shook his head.  “Such a waste.  Fine crafts are proof of people’s soul and creativity.”

“Some people want to force us all to walk the narrow and restricted paths they see as pure,” sighed Gollaon.  “And there is the gate ahead.  Let us leave them to their path and find a better one of our own.”

Scourge of the Vanities

These weapons are plain and practical, well made but with no decoration or fripperies to distract from their basic functionality as tools of destruction.  Usually they are hafted weapons such as an axe or mace but occasionally a pole arm or a plain sword is encountered.

These weapons are designed to strike down those that incite sin through vanity, at their base they are a +1 weapon, wielded again anyone wearing more than 1,000 worth of equipment and decoration, it gains the flaming enhancement and against those wearing 20,000 in value or more, it gains the flaming burst enhancement instead.  The weapon also gains a +4 CMB when used to sunder items with 1,000 or more gold worth of decorations.

However, the wielder of a Scourge of Vanities must confine themself to the most basic and simple of equipment and clothes.  If they own more than a 1,000 gold worth of such, they take 1 point of damage (that is not reduced by any effect) after each attack, for each 5,000 more that they own, the damage increases by 1d4 with no maximum.  The wielder can “buy” a day without taking damage for their own vanity by destroying 10,000 worth of items that would inspire vanity and sin.

Aura moderate evocation; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 8,500 + cost of the weapon; Weight by weapon
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, flame strike, quest; Cost 4,250 + cost of the weapon

For D&D 5E:

Weapon, rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

These weapons are designed to strike down those that incite sin through vanity, at their base they provide a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls, wielded again anyone wearing more than 1,000 worth of equipment and decoration, it inflicts an additional 1d6 fire damage and against those wearing 20,000 in value or more, it inflicts 1d10 fire damage instead.  The wielder also gains advantage when used to attack items with 1,000 or more gold worth of decorations.

However, the wielder of a Scourge of Vanities must confine themself to the most basic and simple of equipment and clothes.  If they own more than a 1,000 gold worth of such, they take 1 point of damage (that is not reduced by any effect) after each attack, for each 5,000 more that they own, the damage increases by 1d4 with no maximum.  The wielder can “buy” a day without taking damage for their own vanity by destroying 10,000 worth of items that would inspire vanity and sin.

Notes: Inspired, naturally, by the Bonfire of the Vanities, such a fascinating historical event which occurred on this date.  The weapon itself is not quite cursed, but close.

Painting by Ludwig von Langenmantel found on Wikimedia Commons and is in the Public Domain.

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