Mystic Weapons

By Jeff Q on June 13, 2008

Nunchucku – 1d6 – (F,C,T,E,D,H,My) Small, 2-handed weapon that doesn’t lose initiative. Can be used to give +1 in wrestling for choking.

Tetsubo – 1d8 – (F,C,E,D,My,Dr) – Large, 2-handed weapon that loses initiative; pole arm rules.

Sode Garami – 1d4 – (F,E,My,Dr) Large, 2-handed weapon that loses initiative. Can be used to catch the sleeves of the opponent; opponent gets save vs. paraysis.

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New Weapon System

By Angelo on June 23, 2001

This system is based on the premise that characters may try to use weapons either 1 handed or 2 handed, and may have some amount of success. Wherever the damage is not applicable (n/a) it means the damage would be the same or it is impossible to use the weapon this way.

The numbers are of the format: damage (hit roll adjustment)

Axes

Weapon 1-handed 2-handed Other
Battle Axe 1d8 (-2) 1d10 (+0)
Hand Axe 1d6 (+0) 1d8 (+0)

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Exotic Weaponry

By Angelo on June 23, 2001

This post updates and replaces the previous exotic weapons chart.  Morning Star and Flail are both weapons in original D&D that somehow got left out of the Cyclopedia.  Broadsword is taken from AD&D where it is 2d4.  Rapier stats are also from D&D described in Dragon #175.

The optional rules are provided to add something unique to the weapons, so they’re a little more interesting than just finding “a different kind of sword” that different in name only.

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The Isle of Dread

By Jeff Q on May 30, 2001

by BAHUMUTH

Duch Year: 982

The huge saber crashed against the center of the iron sword, throwing its holder back a few steps, and then again in an overhand strike. The tall, plate-mailed knight brought down his steel broadsword down with all his might. The muscular, dark-skinned island-man threw his crude sword to parry, catching the broadsword at its hilt.

The Kikapa island-man, although naked, was very seasoned with his hilt less sword. Comparatively, the knight, mailed in white satin-draped field plate, definitely held the advantage. The Kikapa allowed the knight to come in at him and then fell back against the weight of the knight, causing the knight to lose his balance. He then used this advantage by stopping the collapse of the armor on himself with his leg and then swiped his sword hard against the knight’s head.

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Magic Item Tables

By Angelo on September 9, 1999

Swords

1d100 Sword
01-13 sword+1, +3 vs dragons
14-26 sword+1, +3 vs lycantheropes
27-39 sword+1, +3 vs undead
40-49 sword+1, +3 vs spellcasters
50-59 sword+1, +3 vs regeneration
60-65 sword+1, cure lt wounds 1/day
66-71 sword+1, light 1/day
72-77 sword+1, darkness 1/day
78-82 sword+1, locate object 1/day
83-86 sword+2, flames on command
87-90 sword+2, charm person on hit
95-97 sword+1, haste user 1/day
98-99 sword+1, drain life energy (1d4+4)
100 sword+1, wishes (1d4)

For type, roll 1d20:
1-3 two-handed
4-6 short
7-10 bastard
11-20 normal

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Prudence Decor

By Angelo on September 24, 1996

Prudence found herself in darkness and silence. A splinter of light split the abyss with a radiating warmth. What had been moist, dark, and cold was dispelled by an awesome power, giving a dry and warm light. Prudence drew her sword, the Luckblade, in preparation for what might come. Though she was in fear, she could sense that there was no danger here.

A misty cloud formed. At its center, a clear pool. Prudence gazed into its still waters, a forever deep baptismal font. She seached forward with her fingers. Their dance formed rings upon the water, disturbing the stillness. Within the waters she witnessed a cave amidst a grassy plain with but one tree directly in front of her. The tree was dry and withered with moss and fungi feeding off of it. Yet it stood. Entwined about it was a serpent who had sucked the life from it and from the man who now lay at the base of the tree.

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