Here’s another little magic weapon I made for 5E game and yes, it’s real easy to convert this over to a OSR style game.
The Blade of Darkness is a sentient Chaotic Evil magical long sword. It does not offer any bonuses To-Hit or Damage but does count as magical to overcome a creature’s resistances. It can only communicate with its wielder empathically conveying only its pleasure or displeasure with its wielder’s actions. If it get angry enough it can attempt to take control of or influence the wielder.
Cha: 14 (+2)
Powers: Once per day, the Blade of Darkness can cast Arms of Hadar at 2nd level. (Save DC: 13).
When the Blade of Darkness slays a living creature roll 2d6. If the total is 2 or 12 then the slain creature returns as zombie (under no one’s control) at the beginning of the next round. On any other result, the wielder gains that many temporary Hit Points.
Artwork by Daniel F. Walthall and used under a Creative Commons License.
I made this for my little 5e campaign and heck it works for OSR games too. And the basics work with any weapon. Not just glaives and polearms but that’s what the fighter was using. Originally, the weapon was a trident but I changed it at the last minute. Here’s the low down.
Roll damage twice. Take the higher number and apply any modifiers that you happen to use in rules set of choice. The target takes that damage. The wielder takes damage equal to the lower roll. If you happen to using the latest rules where damage the type of damage is important, I made it psychic damage. The weapon slows erodes the wielder’s pysche.
There you go. A quick little double edged sword so to speak.
Adventurers love loot. So here’s another table for more loot.
What is it?
3. Belt Buckle
What’s it made from?
6. Unknown Alien Metal
What’s it depict?
1. A Hunting Scene
2. A Marriage
3. The Rise of a Great Leader
4. Religious Ceremony
5. Epic Battle
6. Ancient Fertility Rite
How much is it worth? Multiply the numbers rolled on each die times 10 gold pieces.
Adventurers will stick any appendage into anything if they think that it’s magical or they can get something out of it. So enter the Hat of Decapitation. It looks like a normal albeit magical hat. Put it on and zip. Make a Saving throw or die. Yeah, that’s really deadly to the first character but let’s face it player character can get pretty creative when it come to killing things.
So, once the characters do figure it, they’ll probably start trying to use it as a weapon. Good let them. Make a ranged attack roll at -5. If they hit then have the target make the save. Of course, they may also try to just put it on something’s head. And speaking of head. It’s a Hat of Decapitation. So it doesn’t do anything if you stick any other body part into it.
Yes, things have been moving at a snail’s pace when it comes to writing well anything. But hey maybe this weekend, things will be better. So to tide you over, this little idea popped into my very simple brain.
The Potion of Potion Duplication
This black viscous alchemical potion comes in a sealed vial. On it’s own it has no magical effects. However, a character may carefully place a few drops of any potion into the vial and duplicate the original potion. The sample used to cause the duplication isn’t enough to cause the first potion to lose any potency. But like all good magic items. There’s a catch. No matter how gentle and careful a character is, there is a 1 in 6 chance that the Potion of Potion Duplication gets contaminated. If it is contaminated, roll another d6.
1-3:The potion is inert.
4-The potion is some “mundane” liquid (water, wine, beer, blood, pee?)
5-The potion has opposite effect.
6-Boom! The potion explodes causing 3d6 damage to everyone within 10 feet. Go ahead and Save for half damage.
There go enjoy. Have fun, kill monsters, and take their stuff.
Evil books need titles so here you go. Roll 1d6 for each in order.
1: Libram of
2: Tome of
3: Vade Mecum of
4: Codex of
5: Lexicon of
6: Treatise of
Let’s face it. OSR types just love random tables. This little idea popped into my head. Let’s generate quickly the origin of a magic artifact.
Who Made It?
5 Ancient Long Dead Race
6 Nobody Knows
Who Made It Famous?
1 An Elf General
2 A Human King
3 A Dwavren Champion
4 An Orcish Warlord
5 A Halfling Adventurer
6 An Insane Wizard
What They Did With It
1 Defeated a massive army
2 Turned its power on its creators
3 Killed a god
4 Killed a demon lord
5 Conquered an empire
6 Hid it away so no one could use it
So quick and easy. And that was kind of fun to type up quickly. I might do more of these.