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Tuesday Magic Item – Hart’s Crossbow

30 May, 2017

Take aim!“I knew that one-eyed woman was trouble,” said Voddick after catching his breath,

“I knew so too, but I did not expect her to be the leader of a band of bandits,” he said looking around the side of the tree.  He yelped as a crossbow bolt buried itself in a branch a handspan above his head.

“More running?”

“More running.”

Hart’s Crossbow

Named after the crossbow of a famed bandit queen, which was probably lost, of course every one of them is claimed to be the one used by the Hart in her famous last ride before she disappeared. They are always light crossbows of good quality and usually decorated with carved panels, often made of mother of pearl, showing deer often in hunting scenes.

Each Hart’s Crossbow is a +2 light crossbow that when it drops a target below zero hit points, it stabilizes them at -1 hit point.  When loaded, the wielder gains a +4 bonus to both Initiative and Intimidate checks.  Once a day, it will cock itself as a free action.

However, by invoking Hart’s name in its creation, it has become imbued with a touch of her morality as well and if the wielder ever uses it to steal the last coin from a victim or to kill a person, they will lose access to all of the crossbow’s magic forever.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 10,335; Weight 4 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bear’s endurance, cat’s grace, fear; Cost 5,000 + 335 for the crossbow

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (light crossbow), rare (requires attunement)

First and third paragraph as above.

Each Hart’s Crossbow is a light crossbow that provides it wielder with a +2 to attack and damage rolls and when it drops a target to zero hit points, it stabilizes them.  When loaded, the wielder gains a +4 bonus advantage to both Initiative and Intimidate rolls.  Once a day, it will cock itself as a bonus action.

Notes: Loosely inspired by the short criminal career of Pearl Hart who made sure to return a dollar to each of her victims.  I have worked on a similar theme before with the Highwayman’s Crossbow.

Photo  “Crossbow of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary (reigned 1458–1490)” by Central or Eastern European, possibly Vienna via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

 

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