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Tuesday Magic Item – Solstice Spear

22 December, 2020

One  solstice or another“I knew we should not have gotten tangled up in the politics of the Fair Folk,” said Voddick hacking his way through the vines which seemed to gown back almost as quickly as they were cut.

“It seemed so easy,” said Gollaon pushing forward.  “Deliver the case, take payment and go.  How was I to know everyone would go crazy.”

“Fair folk,” snapped Voddick.

“Truth.  Never again.”

“That is what you said last time!”

Solstice Spear

This spear is a masterpiece of fae construction, the spear point is leaf-shaped with a long guard.  The shaft is inlaid with designs echoing leaves and vines.  At the height of the winter solstice, the spear point is silver with black runes and the shaft is dark gray with leaves the color of autumn, while during the summer solstice, the spear point is golden with red rune and the shaft is white with green leaves.  Between the two periods, the spear slowly changes from one state to the other.

It is a +2 keen long spear, from winter solstice to just before summer solstice, it gains the icy burst quality; while from the summer solstice to just before the winter solstice it gains the flaming burst quality.  On either solstice it gains the fae-bane quality.

The bearer of the spear, if not a fae noble, becomes weak to the magic of the fae, suffering a -4 to saves against their magic, and are vulnerable to cold (from the summer solstice to just before the winter solstice) and vulnerable to fire (for the rest of the time).

Aura strong transmutation; CL 15th; Weight 12 lbs

For D&D 5E:

Magic weapon (spear), very rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

You gain a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic long spear, from winter solstice to just before summer solstice, it gains an additional 1d8 cold damage; while from the summer solstice to just before the winter solstice it gains an additional 1d8 fire damage.  On either solstice it gains an additional +1 bonus to attack and +1d8 damage against fae.

The bearer of the spear, if not a fae noble, becomes weak to the magic of the fae, suffering disadvantage on saving throws against their magic, and are vulnerable to cold (from the summer solstice to just before the winter solstice) and vulnerable to fire (for the rest of the time).

Notes: Yes, I know the solstice was yesterday but it has been a while since a did a solstice themed item.  My thought was that it was to be ritually transferred between the Faerie Courts of Summer and Winter at the Solstices unless it went missing of course . . .

Photo Summer Solstice Sunrise over Stonehenge by Andrew Dunn, found on Wikimedia Commons licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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