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Just thought I would make a thread to collect magic item ideas that people come up with for D&D 5e.
Ideally these should include some back story and description to help give a sense of the item's place in the world. Also, since D&D 5e is designed with a more constrained numeric range it would be good if powers were interesting rather than just numeric bonuses.
So, what you got?
This is a magic item that I cranked out while daydreaming. What do you think?
In the heart of the glade grows a mighty oak. It's limbs reach high into the heavens, as if grasping at the very stars. Its roots reach far into unseen depths, clawing at the heart of the land. The Oak has stood here for time out of mind, weathering ages in this strangely unchanging glade. It has stood witness to countless waves of mortals that have washed against its roots for a time and then receded, the oak and its glade unchanged by their passing. The wisest of the ephemeral mortal folk have variously worshiped or bargained with the Oak, recognizing its ancient power without understanding it. Sometimes the Oak has answered their entreaties in mysterious ways, sometimes their pleas are swallowed by the silence of the glade with no apparent result.
It has been many years since the glade had visitors or the Oak supplicants. Around the glade a settlement has grown, though few dare encroach on the boundaries of the glade too closely for strange lights and shadowy movements are not uncommon sights inside. In the center, a sword has appeared protruding from the trunk of the Oak. The sword is seemingly completely formed of wood polished smooth and gleaming and has either half its length embedded in the trunk or is growing from the trunk. Which one is impossible to ascertain visually. None have had success drawing the blade from the Oak, nor the temerity to attempt to cut it free. An air of expectancy seems to emanate from the Oak as if it anticipates an event or arrival.
What do you do?
The Oaken Blade is a fey artifact, or perhaps creature, that is offered by the Oak to those who champion the cause of the land. Typically this is a paladin who has sworn the Oath of the Ancients, a druid, or a ranger, though on at least one occasion the Oaken Blade was offered to a Fey pact warlock.
The blade can be used as a spellcasting focus by any of the above listed classes and always counts as magical when used in melee, though its effects are subtle and normally give no bonuses to hit or damage. However when used against fiends and undead, the Oaken Blade seems to cut deeper and with more effect. Any successful hit against these abominations with the Oaken Blade will always do at least half the strike's total possible damage. Additionally, on a critical the fiend or undead is inflicted with a strange, fey light unless they make a Charisma saving throw vs the wielder's Spell Save DC. If the save is failed, the fiend or undead glows with faerie fire for a number of rounds equal to the target creature's number of hit dice, the deep, emerald green light writhing across the fiend or undead like a living thing.
The Oaken Blade cannot be damaged or altered by anything non-supernatural or by infernal or necromantic energies. If the bearer is killed the blade withers away.
There are rumors that wielding the Oaken Blade for too long will inflict strange effects upon the wielder or that the longer one wields it the more powers it displays, though as no one has born the blade in living memory it is hard to say whether there is any truth to that.
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