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Tuesday Magic Item – Steadfast Staff

18 September, 2018

Armed and willing to defend“That new arrival, the one with the staff, seems quite devoted to the defense of the local people,” said Voddick, watching them spar with several men-at-arms.

“Worthy ideals inspire righteous people,” replied Gollaon idly watching the fight.

“We should try and find some of those.”

“Worthy ideals or righteous people?”

“Both.”

Steadfast Staff

These simple wood staves are usually only decorated in the most simple manner, perhaps with the owner’s name or a local symbol.

The steadfast staff is a +2/+1 Quarter Staff that protects its wielder as though it were a heavy shield (providing a +2 shield bonus to Armor Class).  The staff is also nearly indestructible.  Making it a useful item for any traveler or staff fighter.

The staff comes into its own when the wielder commits to defending something or someone, the wielder gains one additional Attack of Opportunity, +4 morale bonus to saves against Fear and all adjacent allies gains a +1 shield bonus to Armor Class.  But they cannot abandon their defense until the attackers are beaten off.

If the wielder is killed while defending a cause, the staff will animate and defend both the wielder’s body and try and continue their wielder’s task.  The staff will fight for one round per point of Charisma bonus the wielder had (minimum one) using the base attack bonus of the wielder. The staff only gets one attacks of opportunity per round and it shares the same space as the wielder’s body and can attack adjacent foes.

Aura strong abjuration; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 26,100; Weight 4 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, quest, shield other, spiritual weapon; Cost 12,750 + 600 for the staff

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (staff), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The wielder has a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with the steadfast staff and it protects them as though it were a  shield (providing a +2 bonus to Armor Class).  The staff is also nearly indestructible.  Making it a useful item for any traveler or staff fighter.

The staff comes into its own when the wielder commits to defending something or someone, the wielder gains an additional reaction that may only be used for Attacks of Opportunity, advantage on saving throws against Fear and all adjacent allies gains a +1 bonus to Armor Class.  But they cannot abandon their defense until the attackers are beaten off.

If the wielder is killed while defending a cause, the staff will animate and defend both the wielder’s body and try and continue their wielder’s task.  The staff will fight for one round per point of Charisma bonus the wielder had (minimum one) using the melee attack bonus of the wielder. The staff only gets one attacks of opportunity per round and it shares the same space as the wielder’s body and can attack adjacent foes.

Notes: Defensive items are always fun, especially one that lets you help your friends.

Art “A Young Acolyte Bearing a Staff” by Anonymous, Dutch, 17th century, Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

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