December 13, 2017

Dark Souls Items: Magic Weapons

Magic Items
Comments from the Thumb: Just in case items and rings weren't enough for you, I've got one last gift in the form of a few of my favorite weapons and weapon infusions. Prithee be careful. I don't want to see m' work squandered...

Magic Weapons

Scattered throughout the world are powerful magic weapons, forgotten by time, waiting to be discovered and used in battle once again. Such weapons are unique, often legendary, their names remembered long after the warriors who used them have been forgotten.

Black Knight Sword
Weapon (longsword), very rare (requires attunement)
You gain a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. This weapon has the following additional properties.
     Fiend’s Bane. The weapon deals an additional 1d6 damage to fiends.
     Perseverance. If an attacker that you can see hits you with a weapon attack, you can use your reaction to reduce the attack’s damage against you by 1d8.

Demon’s Scar
Weapon (scimitar), uncommon (requires attunement)
This curved sword, save for its hilt, is composed entirely of flame, and deals fire damage instead of slashing damage. The weapon has the following additional properties.
     Collapsible. While holding the hilt of this weapon, you can use a bonus action to cause the blade to disappear or reappear.
     Flaming Spin Slash. When you hit a target with an attack using this weapon, you can use a bonus action to leave a 5-foot diameter area of molten flame in the target’s space, which remains there until the start of your next turn. When a creature enters the affected area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, the creature must succeed on a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw or take 2d6 fire damage.
     Spell Catalyst. This weapon functions as both an arcane focus and a holy symbol for the purpose of casting spells. Additionally, while holding this weapon, you can perform the somatic components of spells, even if you are holding an object in your other hand.

Dragonslayer Swordspear
Weapon (halberd), very rare (requires attunement)
This ornate, golden polearm was made for fighting dragons in a bygone age. Attacks with the weapon deal an additional 2d6 lightning damage. Additionally, you can use an action on your turn to cause lightning to strike a 5-foot wide, 30-foot high cylinder within 30 feet of you. Each creature within the area must succeed on a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw or take 4d6 lightning damage.

Infused Weapons
Weapon (any), rarity varies (requires attunement)
It takes a special kind of blacksmith to infuse magic into a weapon. Be it elemental fire or the dark of the Abyss, such weapons require great skill–and often a specially enchanted coal–to craft. The following types of weapons might be infused by a skilled blacksmith:
     Blood Weapon (rare). This weapon is enchanted to dig deeper into weak spots, causing far greater damage than an ordinary weapon. Attacks with this weapon score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20. Additionally, you can add one additional die to the damage rolls of critical hits made with this weapon.
     Deep Weapon (uncommon). When drawn, this weapon becomes wreathed in darkness, and deals necrotic damage instead of its normal damage type.
     Fire Weapon (uncommon). When drawn, this weapon becomes wreathed in flames, and deals fire damage instead of its normal damage type.
     Lightning Weapon (uncommon). When drawn, this weapon becomes wreathed in crackling electricity, and deals lightning damage instead of its normal damage type.

Moonlight Greatsword
Weapon (greatsword), legendary (requires attunement)
The pale, blue blade of this ancient sword glows with the light of the moon. You gain a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. The sword has 10 charges, which it uses for some of the following other properties. The sword regains 1d8+2 expended charges daily at dawn.
     It has the following properties:
     Mage Blade. You can choose to add your Intelligence modifier, instead of your Strength modifier, to attack and damage rolls made with this weapon.
     Moonlight Vortex. As an action, you expend 2 charges to unleash a single devastating strike of pure magical energy. Make a single melee weapon attack against a target within your reach. On a hit, the target takes 6d6 force damage, in addition to the weapon’s normal damage.
     Moonlight Wave. As an action, you expend 1 charge to launch a projectile of magical energy. Make a single a ranged spell attack (attack bonus equals your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier) against a target within 30 feet. On a hit, the target takes force damage equal to 3d6 plus your Intelligence modifier.

December 11, 2017

Witch Hex Cards

Comments from the Finger: I might do this for the other base classes eventually, too.

Hex Cards

These cards are additions to our Witch class.

If you're one of those tables that uses spell cards, playing a homebrew class can be frustrating, since your class abilities are split between the printed cards and the notes on your character sheet. When when we made cards for the Binder we learned that transferring certain class features to cards is extremely helpful, and can make a class twice as fun to play. So now we're doing that with the Witch!

When you print these cards out on 8.5x11 paper, they should be exactly the right size to slip into a card sleeve.

December 9, 2017

Fury Magic

Sorcerous Origin
Comments from the Finger: This one came about because we decided that (pretty soon) we should remake the Rage Mage barbarian, so that there can be a reasonably good gish option for barbarians. Until then, we figured that an angry sorcerer is a lot like a Super Saiyan, which means that it's more than worth an archetype of its own.

Fury Magic

The mark of a deep, unabiding rage surges through your blood, empowering your wrath with arcane devastation. The origin of your sorcerous magic is your anger: as your fury grows, so too does your arcane might, swelling like a wave until all who stand before you are swept aside in a torrent of fire and blood.
     Perhaps these powers have existed in your family for generations, a heritage of hot-headedness and explosive outbursts, passed from father to son. Or perhaps you are the first in a century to manifest them. Regardless, from the moment your temper first drew forth arcane flames, your life was irreparably changed.

December 6, 2017

Dark Souls Items: Magic Rings

Magic Items
Comments from the Thumb: What's that? You wanted more Dark Souls stuff? Here are some rings, so you don't get yourself killed. After all, neither of us wants to see you go Hollow.

Dark Souls Items: Magic Rings

There are many ways of protecting oneself when plumbing the depths of the abyss or exploring ruined cities, not the least of which are magic rings. Through countless ages of fire and dark, many of these rings have weathered the march of time to find their way into the hands of numerous adventurers.

December 4, 2017


Martial Archetype
Comments from the Finger: Surprising we haven't done this one yet, right?
     Just an early heads up: We'll be taking a much-needed holiday vacation from December 15th to January 3rd.

Prerequisite: Dueling Fighting Style

Postured, graceful, and utterly deadly, archetypal fencers favor precise one-handed parries and thrusts to conventional shielded combat. Preferring to remain mobile and evasive, fencers react like clockwork to their opponent's movements, striking at their foe's weakest moment with a barrage of pinpoint strikes.

December 2, 2017

Soul Knife (Redux)²

Monastic Tradition
Comments from the Finger: I know, I know: we already did this one. Well, jokes on us, because we needed to take another crack at it. Some playtesting has pointed out some problems with the previous build, plus we generally wanted to simplify it down and balance it more tightly. After all, the Soul Knife is the Jedi of the D&D world, so we really wanted to get this one right.

Way of the Soul Knife

Though monks of every tradition are known for their immense force of will, only those that devote themselves to the Way of the Soul Knife can truly say that their mind is their deadliest weapon. Warriors who follow this ancient tradition learn to focus their willpower into a scintillating weapon, capable of cleaving through armor and flesh with relative ease. With focus and discipline, they can channel their ki to manipulate the minds of others or shape their weapon into a myriad of forms, each more deadly than the last.