Tuesday Magic Item – Freeman’s Pick

9 November, 2021

Break down walls and tyrants

“Now we have mobilized the locals, what next?” asked Voddick.

“I fear we are going to have to storm the castle,” answered Gollaon.

“That sort of task rarely ends well,” said Voddick grimly.  “Unless we can convince his solders to turn their coats.”

“If we can make a good show of force, they may see reason.”

“Well, they do have some tools that might help, those pick carry some ancient magic,” said Voddick.  “Do you think you and the other archers can keep the defenders from killing us while we give them a demonstration of that magic.”

“We will do our best.”

Freeman’s Pick

These picks are tools as well as weapons and able to shift from one role to another as needed.  They are usually decorated with scenes or symbols from the regions in which it was made.  The metal is always well cared for and free of corrosion.

The Freeman’s Pick is a +1 heavy pick that gains an additional +1 bonus to attack against anyone in medium armor (or a natual armor of +5 or more) and a +3 bonus to attack anyone in heavy armor (or a natual armor of +9 or more).

It also ignores half of the hardness when used to attack an object and can score critical hits against inanimate objects.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 8th
Slot none; Price 8.206; Weight 8 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, bull’s strength, shatter; Cost 4,000 + 306 for the pick

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (war pick), uncommon

First paragraph as above.

The Freeman’s Pick’s is a war pick and you gain a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon, with an attional +1 to hit against anyone in medium armor (or with natual armor) and a additional +2 to hit to attack anyone in heavy armor.

It also does double weapon damage when used to attack an object.

Notes: In recognition of National Freedom Day, which is today, and celebrates the fall of the Berlin Wall (and the end of Communism in Eastern Europe).

Image Bildnis des Giulio Savorgnan (1510–1595) mit Spitzhacke, Öl auf Leinwand, 1562 or 1565, Attributed to Domenico Riccio, found on Wikimedia Commons and is in the Public Domain.

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