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Tuesday Magic Item – Lightning Strike Bracelets

9 August, 2022

Wear lightningGollaon ducked as the crackling arc of lighting blasted the tree around them to flinders.  “We need help here!”

Voddic fired a crossbow bolt in the direction the lightning had originated from.  “Elprie is on here way.”

“Not a moment too soon,” said Gollaon as the warrior-woman rushed forward catching the lightning on her bracelets.

“Come on,” she said through gritted teeth, “let’s take the fight to them.”

Lightning Strike Bracelets

These bracelets can be plain on the outside but the interior is always inscribed with runes of protection and the elements.  When the exterior is decorated they often have gemstones associated with lightning and distinctive runes or markings.

The bracelets have a basic ability, whenever the wear makes a successful melee attack, it causes an additional 1d2 points of electrical damage.

When the wearer is attacked by an electrical attack, they gain a +1 bonus to their saves and they can spend their attack of opportunity to absorb 1d10 +1d10 per 5 levels + their ability modifier used for the save (if positive) points of damage from the attack (up to a maximum of the amount of damage inflicted).  This absorbed damage is stored and can be discharged through a melee attack made in the next minute.  If not discharged during that time, the energy dissipates in a spectacular display (providing a +5 circumstance bonus to an Intimidation or Perform check if properly timed).

The absorption effect can be used up to three times a day, but an attack cannot be absorbed while holding an undischarged amount of energy.

Aura moderate abjuration and evocation; CL 9th
Slot wrist; Price 15,000; Weight 1/2 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, lightning bolt, protection from energy; Cost 7,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (bracelets), rare (require attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The bracelets have a basic ability, whenever the wear makes a successful melee attack, it causes an additional 1d2 points of lightning damage.

When the wearer is attacked by a lightning attack, they gain a +1 bonus to their saving throws and they can spend their reaction to absorb 1d10 per point of Proficiency bonus + their ability modifier used for the save (if positive) points of damage from the attack (up to a maximum of the amount of damage inflicted).  This absorbed damage is stored and can be discharged through a melee attack made in the next minute.  If not discharged during that time, the energy dissipates in a spectacular display (providing advantage to a Charisma [Intimidation or Performance] roll if properly timed).

The absorption effect can be used up to the wearer’s proficiency bonus times before they need the wearer to take a long rest to rest, however an attack cannot be absorbed while holding an undischarged amount of energy.

Notes: Naturally, these can be changed to any energy type, you could have Bracelets of Flaming Strikes, Bracelets of Cold Weaving, whatever fits the concept needed.  But a good sort of surprise item to give to an enemy if you have a character that just keeps using the same elemental-powered attack over and over again.

Image armband, bracelet from Thailand, held by the Statens museer för världskulturEtnografiska museet and is used under a CC Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

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