Forks and Fighters (A to Z, Tuesday Magic Item)

7 April, 2020

Dragons . . . do not see the world the way most less powerful races do.  To quote the Doctor:

“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views…which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”

So when they get an idea of how things should be, in their realm, that is the way it is.  This can lead to some odd choices in how a nations military is put together.

Voddick peered over the edge of the cliff at the army marching through the path below.  “Now, that is unexpected.”

Gollaon moved forward to take a look.  “Bidents?”

“I think the preferred term is military fork,” said Voddick absently.  “I have never seen them deployed in such numbers.  Occasional a ceremonial weapons or used by a weapon master.  But an army?”

“I have never seen anything like it either but we must plan for them to be proficient and deadly with those stickers,” Gollaon said ducking back down.

Fighter’s Fork

These military forks are well made by the finest military craftspeople, some have a strip of bronze between the prongs.  Almost all are marked both on the metal and the half who it was made by, for, and when.

They are +1 military forks, treat as a longspear with the disarm weapon special feature, and a successful disarm with it causes 1d4 points of piercing damage if the wielder chooses to do so.

Further, the wielder gains a +1 shield bonus to armor class against melee attacks while it is ready.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 6th
Slot none; Price 5,315; Weight 7 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, bull’s strength, shield; Cost 2,500 +315 for the military fork

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (military fork), rare

First paragraph as above.

It is a military fork -treat as a glaive that deals piercing damage- that gives its wielder a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with it, additionally, they gain advantage on any attempt to use it to disarm someone.

Further, the wielder gains +1 armor class against melee attacks while it is ready.

Notes: Something to go with F and Military Forks just do not get much attention.  Even among the neglected polearms, it is a neglected weapon.

Photo Military Fork from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is in the Public Domain.


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