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Tuesday Magic Item – Storm-Cutting Glaive

21 November, 2017

Sharp enough to cut magic“Charge!” yelled the knight, his men-at-arms and mercenaries followed, some more rapidly than others.

“Charging wizards is not the best for our health,” muttered Voddick.

“They said they had protection,” said Gollaon, “and we are about to find out.”  He gestured to a warmage crafting a spell.

The mercenaries dove for cover as the mage unleashed a bolt of fire.  As it reached the knight, he reached in a blur of motion, his polearm cutting through the fire, weakening the blaze but not entirely dispersing it.  The remanant of the flame washed over the pair.  “That was surprisingly effective.”

“Hope he can keep it up.”

Storm-Cutting Glaive

These pole arms are decorated with elemental wards and often with other symbolism depending on the who it was made for.  The wood of the shaft shows damage from where it has been burned or otherwise damaged but intense energies but its structural integrity remains intact.

The storm-cutting glaive is a +2 magic energy-bane pole arm, each glaive is built to combat a particular type of magic energy and those who wield it (usually one of acid, cold, electricity, fire or sonic, but more exotic energies are possible).

It can protect their wielder, and those near to them, by cutting and disrupting the magical energies.  When the bearer is targeted or in the area of effect of a magic attack, they can use an attack of opportunity to strike at the binding energies of the spell.  This requires an attack roll against the DC of the spell and reduces the damaged inflicted by the spell by the amount of damage inflicted (and the glaive can critical against a spell) and if the spell if completely negated (reduced to zero damage) the caster must make a Fortitude save (DC same as the negated spell) or be stunned for a round.  The glaive can cut through three spells each day before it needs to rest.

Aura strong abjuration; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 30,000 + cost of the weapon; Weight by weapon
Construction Requirements
Craft Magical Arms and Armor, greater dispel magic, one elemental spell of the type the weapon is designed to combat, creator must know the improved counterspell feat; Cost 15.000 + cost of the weapon

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (pole arm), very rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The storm-cutting glaive is a magic weapon that grants a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with it.  Each glaive is built to combat a particular type of magic energy and those who wield it (usually one of acid, cold, electricity, fire, necrotic, radiant or thunder, but more exotic energies are possible) and it inflicts +2d6 damage of the type the weapon inflicts to such.

It can protect their wielder, and those near to them, by cutting and disrupting the magical energies.  When the bearer is targeted or in the area of effect of a magic attack, they can use a reaction to strike at the binding energies of the spell.  This requires an attack roll against the DC of the spell and reduces the damaged inflicted by the spell by the amount of damage inflicted (and the glaive can critical against a spell) and if the spell if completely negated (reduced to zero damage) the caster must make a Constitution save (DC same as the negated spell) or be stunned for a round.  The glaive can cut through three spells before the wielder must take a long rest to restore its spell cutting ability.

Notes: I suppose Spell-Cutting would work too but I think Storm-Cutting is more dramatic, you could sub-divide them by the type of energy they oppose Flame-Cutting and so on as well.  And while it could be any weapon but I like pole arms and think they are under represented, so there you go.

Photo “Glaive of the Bodyguard of the Tiepolo Family” by Italian via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0.

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