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Tuesday Magic Item / A to Z – Sword of Slaying Dragons

24 April, 2018

Dragon slayer“I do not think this is the contract for us, even with the weapons they are offering to provide,” said Voddick quietly.

“I cannot but agree,” replied Gollaon.  “But how to extricate ourselves from the situation without raising their ire?”

“We shall have to come up with a plan.”

“A plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel.”

Sword of Slaying Dragons

These sword are usually quite plain as to disguise their purpose and made with elongated hilts.  The hilt and tang of the swords are made so that a thin vial or fragment of scale can be securely inserted in contact with the metal and held firm.

Theses weapons are +1 dragon bane sword, a useful if basic tool for one wishing to hunt dragon, it further provides its wielder with a +4 morale bonus to saves against fear-effect from dragons.

But with a vial of dragon blood, a fragment of scale or tooth placed within the hilt, it gains an additional +1 enhancement bonus and the keen enhancement against the dragon from which the material was taken.  Additionally the wielder gains Resistance 15 + their level against the primary element of that dragon and a +2 luck bonus on all saves against effects created by said dragon.  However, it can only be attuned to one dragon at a time.

Aura strong abjuration; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 22,000 + price of the sword; Weight by sword
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, bestow curse, bull’s strength, heroism, protection from energy; Cost 11,000 + price of the sword

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (sword), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

You gain a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon.  When you hit a dragon with this weapon, the dragon takes an extra 2d8 damage of the weapon’s type.  (For the purpose of this weapon, “dragon” refers to any creature with the dragon type, including dragon turtles and wyverns.)  It further provides its wielder with advantage on any saving throw against fear generated by dragons.

But with a vial of dragon blood, a fragment of scale or tooth placed within the hilt, it gains an additional +1 bonus to attack and damage and the weapon scores a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20 against the dragon from which the material was taken.  Additionally the wielder gains Resistance to the primary element of that dragon and can roll a d4 and add the number rolled to any saving throw against effects created by said dragon.  However, it can only be attuned to one dragon at a time.

Notes: But, you may say, we have perfectly fine dragon bane / dragon slayer swords, why would we need this?  Because having a weapon that protects you so have a chance to actually get close enough to swing it at its target is important.  It also indirectly shows a bit of how dragons work in the Sea of Stars, each is unique and a dragon with red scales may breath lighting or acid rather than the expected fire.

The formula for building these weapons has proliferated across the Sea of Stars and can be found with a little work by just about anyone wanting to make one.  Getting caught by Agents of the Dragons in possession of one on the other hand . . .

Art “Saint George” by Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0.

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