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Latest revision as of 22:07, 23 May 2020

Magic Weapons

Rules for the creation, cost and effects of magic weapons can be found on the following pages:

Simple Weapons


Athame Light / Simple [edit]
Athame
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
5 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x2 - 2 lbs Piercing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Implement
An athame resembles a dagger, except that its design is strongly influenced by the magical and ritual aspects, rather than the martial aspects. As a result, the athame ceremonial dagger is not especially good as a weapon. It can be used as a magical rod, although this is not common, and it is almost always the 'weapon' of choice for ceremonies and rituals, as its ceremonial ability to gather and manipulate aura is almost without peer. That being said, in the simple, sturdy world of the martial, it's pretty mediocre. They can be made of many different materials, although many of the materials chosen (such as obsidian, bone, cemented ashes, etc) are pretty terrible from a pure 'winning a deadly fight' point of view. An athame is pretty laughable as 'serious weaponry' goes, but nevertheless, is surprisingly common everywhere that magic and ritual comes into play... which is honestly a lot of places. No great skill is required to use an athame, thankfully, but it is commonly used by those more magical in nature, and woe betide the warrior who discounts what an athame can do in the wrong hands. The athame belongs to the "Light Blades" weapon group, barely.

Brass Knuckles Light / Simple [edit]
Brass Knuckles
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
1 gp 1d2 1d3 1d4 x2 - 1 lb Bludgeoning (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Attached, Battering, Concealable, Monk-Usable
Brass knuckles deal lethal damage, allow you to threaten adjacent squares, take opportunity attacks, and flank. You may hold objects in a hand wearing brass knuckles. You may not wield weapons in a hand wearing brass knuckles. You may cast spells with somatic components while wearing brass knuckles if you make a Caster Check with a DC of 10 + quadruple the spell level. Brass Knuckles belong to the "Monk" and "Close" weapons groups.

Cestus Light / Simple [edit]
Cestus
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
5 gp 1d3 1d4 1d6 x2 - 1 lb Bludgeoning (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Attached, Awkward, Monk-Usable, Uncomfortable
A cestus is a sturdy leather or wicker sleeve and fingerless glove which attaches to your arm and hand. It has striking plates and/or spikes which deal lethal damage. You may carry objects in a hand wearing a cestus. You may wield weapons in a hand wearing a cestus, but take a -2 penalty to hit. You may use that hand for Dex-based skill rolls, but such rolls take a -2 penalty as well. Donning or removing a cestus takes a full round action. The Cestus belongs to the "Monk" and "Close" weapons groups.

Dagger Light / Simple [edit]
Dagger
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
2 gp 1d3 1d4 1d6 19-20 x2 10 ft 1 lb Piercing (physical, common) or Slashing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Concealable, Melee Capable
A dagger is a light knife meant for combat. Daggers come with blades of many shapes and sizes, but always have at least one sharpened edge and a useful point. Daggers are small enough that you receive a +2 bonus to Sleight of Hand skill checks to conceal a dagger on your person. The Dagger belongs to the "Blade, Light", "Close" and "Thrown" weapons groups.

Gauntlet Light / Simple [edit]
Gauntlet
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
2 gp 1d2 1d3 1d4 x2 - 1 lb Bludgeoning (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Attached, Battering
A gauntlet is a heavily reinforced metal glove. A gauntlet deals lethal damage, but an attack with a gauntlet is otherwise considered an unarmed attack. You cannot be disarmed of a gauntlet. Most medium and heavy armors include a pair of gauntlets in their cost and weight. A hand wearing a Gauntlet may wield other items without restriction, but you may only use the item held, or the Gauntlet, each round. Note that the listed cost and weight is for a single gauntlet worn without armor. The Gauntlet belongs to the "Close" weapon group.

Mace, Light Light / Simple [edit]
Mace, Light
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
5 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x2 - 4 lbs Bludgeoning (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Stout, Intimidating
A light mace is a sturdy stick roughly two feet long with a striking head on one end. They can be made of many different materials. A light mace is perhaps the least complex, yet quite 'serious' weapon. No great skill is required to use a light mace, but it is a surprisingly effective piece of armament. They are often made from hard woods, or reinforced with metal bands to provide them extra durability, and they can be quite difficult for an opponent to sunder. Given their ease of use, great affordability, and reasonable effectiveness, these humble hitting sticks are much more common than you might suspect. The Light Mace belongs to the "Hammers" weapon group.

Mage's Rod Light / Simple [edit]
Mage's Rod
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
25 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x2 - 4 lbs Bludgeoning (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Stout, Implement
A mage's rod is a length of heavy wood, sometimes reinforced with metal bands, leather grips, or even strips of reedy plants, to provide it extra durability. A mage's rod is slightly magical, allowing spell casting characters to use it to gain their implement bonus, thought the rod doesn't provide any specific magical abilities or effects to the wielder besides that. While not precisely intended as a melee weapon, it is sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of combat, both when whacking an enemy upside the head, and even when blocking an incoming sword strike. For more powerful magic rods, see the Magic Rods page. In all other regards, the mage's rod behaves exactly like a light mace, and as such, it also belongs to the "Hammers" weapon group.

Sickle Light / Simple [edit]
Sickle
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
6 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x2 - 2 lbs Slashing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Pilfering, Implement
Originating as a farming tool used for reaping grain, this one-handed weapon has a blade with a strong curve that can easily catch an opponent's possessions and hook them back so that they are now your possessions. Its blade can be either smooth or serrated, and some fighting sickles are sharpened on both sides near the point, making it easier to hook into an opponent's flesh. Sickles have a strong 'magical' orientation as well, and are often ceremonial 'weapons' used in rituals or as magical Rods. These uses are not exactly common, but they are not rare, either. The Sickle belongs to the "Blades, Light" weapon group.

Stake Light / Simple [edit]
Stake
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
1 sp 1d3 1d4 1d6 x2 - 1 lb Piercing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Primitive Availability, Hard-Hitting
A stake is a strong, hard, stick which has been sharpened on one or both ends. They are between ten and eighteen inches long and an inch or more in diameter. Stakes are most commonly made of wood, but they can and are made of bone, horn, stone, and even metal. As a matter of fact, the lowly iron spike which almost every adventurer has rattling around in the bottom of their packs, can be used perfectly well as stakes. They are surprisingly good weapons, inflict deadly wounds, and all for the low, low price of 'free' if you're willing to scrounge and whittle. The Stake belongs to the "Close" weapon group.

Unarmed Strike Light / Simple [edit]
Unarmed Strike
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
0 gp 1d2 1d3 1d4 x2 - - Bludgeoning (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Monk-Usable, Subduing
An unarmed strike is always considered a light weapon. Therefore, you can use the Weapon Finesse feat with an unarmed strike. In order to perform an unarmed strike, you must have one hand free (you cannot be holding any objects, wearing a shield on that arm, etc.), though you can still be wearing gloves and bracers, including magic gloves and bracers. The damage from an unarmed strike is considered weapon damage for the purposes of effects that give you a bonus on weapon damage rolls. Unarmed Strike belongs to the "Close" and "Monk" weapon groups.

Martial Weapons


Axe, Throwing Light / Martial [edit]
Axe, Throwing
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
8 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x3 20 2 lbs Slashing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Poor Melee
This is a lightly-made single or double bitted axe about two feet long, often with a curved handle and prominent sharp corners to the head. A throwing axe may be used as a melee weapon with a -2 to-hit, or, due to the specific shape and fairly light construction, thrown to reasonable distances. A throwing axe is a true martial weapon, so using it requires skill with martial weapons. The Throwing Axe belongs to the "Axes" and "Thrown" weapon groups.

Hammer, Light Light / Martial [edit]
Hammer, Light
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
2 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x2 30 3 lbs Bludgeoning (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Poor Melee
This is a sturdy combat hammer with a fairly long, lightweight handle. It can be used as a melee weapon with a -2 to-hit, or, due to the long, light handle, thrown to considerable distances with lethal effect. This is a true martial weapon and requires skill with martial weapons to use. The Light Hammer belongs to the "Hammers" and "Thrown" weapon groups.

Handaxe Light / Martial [edit]
Handaxe
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
6 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x3 - 2 lbs Hacking (physical, uncommon)
Weapon Qualities:
This is a hatchet with either one or two blades and a stout wooden handle ranging from 12 to 18 inches in length. A handaxe is sturdily made with melee combat as the only focus. The balance is too poor for use as a thrown weapon. The Handaxe belongs to the "Axes" weapon group and is treated as a slashing weapon for the application of Weapon Properties, Feats, Dweomermetals and all other effects.

Kukri Light / Martial [edit]
Kukri
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
8 gp 1d3 1d4 1d6 18-20 x2 - 2 lbs Slashing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Concealable
A kukri is a heavy curved knife about a foot and a half long, sharpened along the inner curve of the blade and with a useful point. A kukri does about the same damage as a dagger, but is considerably more likely to land a severe blow. The Kukri belongs to the "Blades, Light" weapon group.

Pick, Light Light / Martial [edit]
Pick, Light
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
4 gp 1d3 1d4 1d6 x4 - 3 lbs Piercing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Sunder, Pilfering
A light pick is a type of war hammer in which the striking head is formed into a long, sharp, curved spike on one side. It does modest damage in the hands of a skilled user, but the long, thin spike means that occasionally it will slip through a chink in the victim's protection and inflict very severe injuries. The Light Pick belongs to the "Axes" weapon group.

Sap Light / Martial [edit]
Sap
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
1 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x2 - 2 lbs Bludgeoning (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Concealable, Primitive Availability, Subduing
A sap is a striking weapon, usually quite flexible, which is made of soft materials around a heavily weighted head. A sap requires skill to use well, and in the hands of a skilled user strikes surprisingly hard. A sap excels at attacks meant to render a foe unconscious, rather than kill them. The Sap belongs to the "Close" weapon group.

Shortsword Light / Martial [edit]
Shortsword
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
10 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 19-20 x3 - 2 lbs Piercing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Concealable
A short sword is a compact, easy to carry blade. It is easy to maintain the straight, double edged design, and it has a well-developed point. In the hands of a skilled user the point is preferred, and a short sword can inflict deadly wounds very quickly. Short swords are often seen in professional military hands, so they must be doing something right. The Short Sword belongs to the "Blades, Light" weapon group.

Exotic Weapons


Aklys Light / Exotic [edit]
Aklys
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
20 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x2 20 ft.1 2 lbs Bludgeoning (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Concealable, Fragile, Special, Trip
The deceptively simple aklys looks like a curved stick with a hook on one end, tied to a five foot piece of strong cord. The Aklys is designed to do the maximum damage possible while still functioning as a light weapon, and as such its construction is not as durable as most weapons. In the hands of a specialist the humble aklys is deadly. When used with an exotic weapons proficiency, the aklys is counted as a light weapon, and can be thrown up to twenty feet. The string on the aklys is too short to tether it to the wielder. Instead, it can be thrown by a skilled user in such a way that the string wraps around the ankles and allows the wielder to perform a trip maneuver up to twenty feet away. Afterward, unless magic is employed, the aklys must be retrieved from the square upon which it was targeted and made ready for the next time it is needed. If the wielder does not have the exotic weapons proficiency, the Aklys may still be used in combat. In this case it is counted as a 1-handed martial melee weapon that does not have an entry in the range column. The Aklys belongs to the "Hammers" and "Thrown" weapon groups regardless of whether the wielder is skilled enough to throw it or not.
1 This range is not an increment, it is the maximum distance the aklys may be thrown. This attack does not suffer range penalties.

Dagger, Swordbreaker Light / Exotic [edit]
Dagger, Swordbreaker
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
10 gp 1d3 1d4 1d6 18-20 x2 - 3 lbs Slashing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Concealable, Disarm, Sunder, Pilfering
A Swordbreaker Dagger looks superficially like a large dagger with a slot in the design. It is heavier than it looks due to the strong design, and the slot makes the balance peculiar. A skilled user can use the slot to catch bladed weapons and then use the heavy, strong dagger as a lever to disarm or sunder the weapon. The Swordbreaker Dagger belongs to the "Blades, Light" weapon group.

Kama Light / Exotic [edit]
Kama
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
2 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x2 - 2 lbs Slashing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Monk-Usable, Stout, Trip
A kama is a sturdy stick with a strong slicing blade mounted at a ninety degree angle at one end. They may be used by monks in their blinding fast attacks, and any skilled wielder can use the hooked shape to improve their trip maneuvers. The Kama belongs to the "Blades, Light" and "Monk" weapon groups.

Nunchaku Light / Exotic [edit]
Nunchaku
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
2 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 x2 - 3 lbs Buffeting (physical, uncommon)
Weapon Qualities: Concealable, Disarm, Hard-Hitting, Monk-Usable
Nunchaku are a pair of light, symmetrical clubs joined by a short segment of chain, creating a kind of flail that is designed for extremely rapid attacks. A monk can use nunchaku with their 'echoing strike' or 'flurry of blows' abilities, and the scissoring action of the nunchaku's parts adds +2 to disarm attempts made by the wielder. Unlike most light weapons, if wielded in both hands, nunchaku deal 1.5x STR modifier as a damage bonus, instead of only 1x. Nunchaku belong to the "Flails" and "Monk" weapon groups, and is treated as a bludgeoning weapon for the application of Weapon Properties, Feats, Dweomermetals and all other effects.

Quickpick Light / Exotic [edit]
Quickpick
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
25 gp 1d4 1d6 1d10 19-20 x3 - 3 lbs Hacking (physical, uncommon)
Weapon Qualities: Deadly, Hard-Hitting, Sunder
The Quickpick is an exotic weapon that is a slimmed-down and much lighter version of a heavy pick. The light weight allows a skilled wielder many opportunities to severely wound opponents, it is surprisingly effective at damaging unattended objects, and if used for coup-de-grace maneuvers, it does well at such grisly work. Unlike most light weapons, you may wield a Quickpick in two hands to gain 1.5 times your normal Strength bonus. The Quickpick does not usually do massive damage, but when a skilled wielder slips in an expert strike, the damage is hideous. The Quickpick belongs to the "Axes" and "Blades, Light", weapon groups, and is treated as a slashing weapon for the application of Weapon Properties, Feats, Dweomermetals and all other effects. The rarity, extreme balance, and slender design of the Quickpick make it an exotic weapon.

Sai Light / Exotic [edit]
Sai
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
5 gp 1d3 1d4 1d6 x2 - 1 lb Bludgeoning (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Disarm, Monk-Usable, Sunder, Stout
A sai is a short metal rod with a rounded tip, with sturdy prongs curving out like an exaggerated hilt. To the untrained eye it seems a miserable excuse for a weapon, not even sharp. But a skilled user gains bonuses to disarm and sunder attempts, as the sturdy rod and prongs can grasp and shatter weaponry with ease. Sais are also light enough and wieldy enough to be used by monks in their blinding-fast attacks. The Sai belongs to the "Monk" weapon group.

Siangham Light / Exotic [edit]
Siangham
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
3 gp 1d3 1d4 1d6 18-20 x2 10 ft. 1 lb Piercing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Concealable, Melee Capable, Monk-Usable, Pilfering
A Siangham looks roughly like a very short, stout arrow tipped with razor-sharp steel. It is very small, no more than eight inches long and less than an inch wide. It grants +6 to Sleight of Hand rolls to conceal it on your person. The slim haft provides a decent grip and the broad head does surprisingly good damage for such a small weapon. The Siangham belongs to the "Monk" and "Close" weapon group.

Slightwhip Light / Exotic [edit]
Slightwhip
Cost Sm Dmg Med Dmg Large Dmg Crit Range Wt Type
5 gp 1d3 1d4 1d6 x2 - 2 lbs Slashing (physical, common)
Weapon Qualities: Disarm, Inclusive Reach, Pilfering, Trip
A slightwhip has a 10-foot reach, and unlike most reach weapons, can attack adjacent squares. A slightwhip deals lethal damage and threatens all squares it can reach. The Slightwhip belongs to the "Flails", weapon group.

The slightwhip resembles a buggy whip, except that it is made of stronger leathers and the handle is usually magically treated wood or bone for light weight. The handle is usually about 2 feet long, and the whip portion is about 5 more feet. The Slightwhip is favored by courtiers, and nobles. Indeed, many duels among nobles are fought with Slightwhips. While a Slightwhip is lethal, it is not TOO lethal, thus allowing honor to be served without excessive loss of life. Many mages also find the Slightwhip to be very useful, and use it to trip foes and to deliver touch spells from a safer distance.