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Tuesday Magic Item – Siege Javelin

10 March, 2020

Aftermath of a javein strike“Why did we volunteer for this mission again?” asked Voddick, hefting the ungainly javelin.

“Triple pay and first choice of pillage?” replied Gollaon.  “Besides if we let this drag on much longer they are going to start killing the servants and slaves rather than feed them.”

“True and this siege has been bloody enough as it is,” agreed Voddick.

“Now, we throw on the count of three.  One, two, three!”

Siege Javelin

These heavy javelins often have a blunt tip and it is not uncommon to find the shaft marked with motto and comments such as “Take this!”, “Knock Knock” and similar.  They are not well balanced being rather point heavy.

While it is a magic weapon for the purpose of harming creatures it has no bonus to attack and suffers an additional -2 penalty to attack outside of the first range band it does have a +2 bonus to damage and if striking a person or soft object, it does an additional 2d6 points of sonic damage, against a solid object, it does an additional10d6 points of sonic damage against half hardness.

Each javelin is good for only one successful attack.

Aura moderate evocation; CL 10th
Slot none; Price 1,007; Weight 4 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, shatter; Cost 500 +7 for the javelin

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (javelin), uncommon

First paragraph as above.

While it is a magic weapon for the purpose of harming creatures it has no bonus to attack rolls, it does have a +2 bonus to damage and if striking a person or soft object, it does an additional 1d8 thunder damage, against a solid object, it does an additional 7d8 thunder damage.

Each javelin is good for only one successful attack.

Notes: Magic changes the calculus of sieges in all sorts of ways but obviously it is going to be used in the most direct way possible, creating breaches in walls and doors.

Image “bricks on the beach” by fbracero2 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

 

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