May 15, 2012

Magic Item: Aecris

I'm in the process of clearing out all the flotsam and jetsam that has been floating around my list of Draft posts, ideas and snippets that I wanted to publish on DMG 42 at some point. Here's one of them.

Back a year or two ago, I ran a group through Keep on the Shadowfell, modified with lots of tweaks suggested by 11 ft. Pole, The Alexandrian, Demon Prince of Undeath, and of course some interesting new terrain powers from myself.

This post details the magic item I handed out when the dungeoneers recovered the enchanted blade of the Keep's last guardian, Sir Keegan's longsword Aecris. I felt like the magic item needed a little bit of pep, a specialty for fighting undead, and a potential dangerous side as it filled the wielder with a potentially fatal fanaticism in fighting undead, eschewing other, more tactical options to fulfill their desire to destroy the walking dead in a sort of reverse marking mechanism.

Magic Item

This beautifully made sword is inlaid with platinum. It has a line of three white diamonds set into the flat of its blade and a pommel carved to resemble the head of a noble dragon.

Bane of the Restless Dead (Property)
If you have line of sight to an undead creature, you suffer a -2 penalty to attack rolls against all non-undead creatures.

Life-Giving Critical Hit (Property)
If you score a critical hit against an undead creature, you may spend a Healing Surge.

Foe Chaser + Encounter
Immediate Reaction
Trigger: An enemy marked by you makes an attack that does not include you.
Effect: You move up to your speed to a square adjacent to the marked enemy.

Foe Maker + Daily
Immediate Interrupt
Trigger: An enemy makes an attack that targets AC or Reflex and hits an ally adjacent to you.
Effect: The triggering enemy is marked (save ends) and the triggering attack takes a –2 penalty to the attack roll.

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