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Tuesday Magic Item – Mosquito Blowgun

21 August, 2018

Mosquito Mask“Thrice damned bloodsuckers,” cursed Voddick slapping at a bug as he waded through the swamp.  “How did we end up here any way?”

“We needed to get out of Glost quickly and this was the only contract leaving directly,” replied Gollaon, scanning the undergrowth.

“Well, those two nights in the palace were worth it,” sighed Voddick.  “Do you have any more of the alchemical paste?  The one to keep the bugs away?”

Gollaon reached forward and plucked a small dark from Voddick’s armor.  “It is not bugs that are trying to bite you my friend.”  He shouted, “Be alert, we have hidden enemies with darts around!”

Mosquito Blowgun

These blowguns are usually made of wood or reed and decorated with carvings and inlays dedicated to mosquito.  They will buzz lightly in the hand when they have not been used in a long time to indicate their hunger.

The blowgun provides a +2 bonus to attack and ammunition fired from it is considered magical, like all blowguns it is quiet and easily used from cover.

But its most deadly power takes a toll on its user, at the cost of enough of blood to cause one point of Strength or Constitution damage (user’s choice), the dart fired is imbued with the blood lust of a mosquito, gaining a +3 bonus to attack and the distance quality.  The dart inflicts no damage, feeling simply like the bite of a mosquito and falling away, but it carries a virulent (and magical) blood fever:

Type disease, injury; Save Fortitude DC 17
Track physical; Frequency 1/hour
Effect At the impaired state, penalties from the weakened state become permanent until victim receives heal or restoration
Cure 2 consecutive saves

Aura strong necrourgy; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 16,302; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Magical Arms and Armor, bestow curse, vampiric touch; Cost 8,000 + 302 for the blowgun

For D&D 5E:

First paragraph as above

Weapon (blowgun), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The blowgun provides a +2 bonus to attack roll (but not damage) and ammunition fired from it is considered magical, like all blowguns it is quiet and easily used from cover.

But its most deadly power takes a toll on its user, at the cost of enough of blood to cause the loss of one point of Strength or Constitution damage (user’s choice, recovers after a long rest), thus the dart fired is imbued with the blood lust of a mosquito, gaining a +3 bonus to the attack roll and the range of the blowgun is doubled.  The dart inflicts no damage, feeling simply like the bite of a mosquito and falling away, but it carries a virulent (and magical) blood fever:

After an hour, the person bitten must make a Constitution saving throw (DC 15) or gain the poisoned and gain one level of exhaustion.  Each hour following they must make another Constitution saving throw or gain another level of exhaustion.  A successful save ends the poisoned condition and the need for further saves, but the exhaustion must be recovered from normally.

Notes: Partly inspired by World Mosquito Day, which is dedicated to eliminating mosquito borne diseases, especially malaria.  And it had been sometime since I have done a magic weapon.

Photo “Mosquito Mask” by Tlingit via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0.

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