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Tuesday Magic Item – Arrow of the Eclipse

22 August, 2017

TotalityThe arrow narrowly missed Voddick’s ear.  Behind him, the wall was bathed in night and when it faded, covered in frost.  “Bullocks!”

“Arrows of the Eclipse!  I thought their secret had been lost,” said Gollaon, launching an arrow in return.

Voddick recocked his crossbow.  “I am so pleased that it has been found again,” he said bitterly.

“Truth, not the best time to appreciate our enemies’ weapons.”

Arrow of the Eclipse

The arrow heads of these weapons are a pure darkness, not reflecting any light, whatever they may have been originally made of, the shafts are dim, as if always in shadow, only the fletchings react to the ambient light.  The final crafting of these arrows must be made during an eclipse making them rare in most worlds.

These arrows are +1 light-bane arrows and when they hit, they shatter creating a 5′ zone of deeper darkness and intense cold, causing 2d6 cold damage to all in the area (Fortitude DC 18 for half).  The darkness lasts for one round and the frost caused by the cold lasts for 1d3 rounds thereafter and makes the area difficult terrain for the duration.  Additionally, the cold extinguishes torches and small fires.

Aura moderate necrourgy; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 757; Weight by arrow
Construction Requirements
Craft Magical Arms and Armor, deeper darkness, enervation; Cost 375 + 7 for the arrow

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (arrow), rare

First paragraph as above.

These arrows have a +1  to attack and damage rolls and inflict an additional 2d6 of piercing damage to beings that wield or harness radiant energy.  When they hit, they shatter creating a 5′ zone of darkness and intense cold, causing 2d6 cold damage to all in the area (Strength save, DC 15, for half damage).  The darkness lasts for one round and the frost caused by the cold lasts for 1d3 rounds thereafter and makes the area difficult terrain for the duration.  Additionally, the cold extinguishes torches and small fires.

Notes: Obviously inspired by our recent eclipse, which was a wonder to behold, and imagine my surprise to find I had already written up Eclipse Arrows!  And not that long ago either but they had fallen out of my head, so I had to change the name of these arrows.

Photo By NASA/Aubrey Gemignani – https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/36548089062/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61841073

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