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Tuesday Magic Item – New Year Dagger

31 December, 2019

Time has pointsVoddick looked back at the town and sighed. “Well it was nice while it lasted.”

“Truth.  But such a place in not for the likes of us,” said Gollaon.  “Not yet.”

“Why do news of serious threats to the future of the world always find us?”

“Part of being heroes, my friend.”

“You think we are heroes?” said Voddick with a frown.

“Well no one else is riding out to stop the evil are they?”

New Year Dagger

The origin of this singular weapon is unknown but it is believed to have come from elsewhere, it consists of a three-sided cloudy crystal blade with a grip made of some unknown dark metal fused to it.  It is surprisingly heavy and always cold except when it is using its magic, when it is nearly unbearably hot.

It is a +2 keen dagger that deals force damage.  The bearer gains a +2 profane bonus to resist hostile magic or powers that affect the flow of time.

Once per day, when the wielder has suffered enough damage to be a half hit points or below, they may use a bonus action to gain the benefit of a haste spell and twenty plus the wielder’s level/hit dice in temporary hit points that last for the same duration.

But its most feared ability requires a ritual to power it, it can only be performed on days or nights of chronological importance, the equinox, solstice, new year.  The ritual takes three hundred and thirty three minutes and requires a sacrifice of a number of victims at a chronologically important age equal to the number of charges already stored (minimum of one).

As long as the dagger has one charge, the bearer’s aging is slowed by one tenth, at three charges, by one fifth, five charges, by one quarter and full at seven charges, by one third.

The charges can be used for the following effects:

  • One Charge, widened slow spell, DC 23.
  • Three Charges, raise dead.
  • Five Charges, regeneration.
  • Seven Charges, time stop.

The charges dissipate at the rate of one per thirty months divided by the current number of charges (so if there are three charges, it loses one after ten months, then after fifteen and the last after thirty).

Slot none; CL 17th; Weight 3 lbs.; Aura strong necrourgy and transmutation

For D&D 5E:

Magic weapon (dagger), artifact (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

It is a dagger that provides the wielder with a +2 bonus to attack and damage roll and deals force damage.  The bearer gains advantage on all saving throws to resist hostile magic or powers that affect the flow of time.

When the wielder has suffered enough damage to be a half hit points or below, they may use a bonus action to gain the benefit of a haste spell and twenty plus the wielder’s level/hit dice in temporary hit points that last for the same duration.  This ability can only be used once and then requires the wielder to have a long rest before it can be used again.

But its most feared ability requires a ritual to power it, it can only be performed on days or nights of chronological importance, the equinox, solstice, new year.  The ritual takes three hundred and thirty three minutes and requires a sacrifice of a number of victims at a chronologically important age equal to the number of charges already stored (minimum of one).

As long as the dagger has one charge, the bearer’s aging is slowed by one tenth, at three charges, by one fifth, five charges, by one quarter and full at seven charges, by one third.

The charges can be used for the following effects:

  • One Charge, slow spell, DC 18.
  • Three Charges, raise dead.
  • Five Charges, regenerate.
  • Seven Charges, time stop.

The charges dissipate at the rate of one per thirty months divided by the current number of charges (so if there are three charges, it loses one after ten months, then after fifteen and the last after thirty).

Notes: A powerful item, well suited to a villainous mastermind, to round out the year with.  Sacrifice of a sentient is a mechanic I feel should be rarely used, but it fits so well with the horrible nature of this weapon that I was willing to include it.

Photo “Clock” by twid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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