Tuesday, April 9, 2019

THE ROD OF SEVENTY SEVEN PARTS

A few abilities inspired by/stolen from Skerples article about artefacts

X = number of segments combined
Flipping a segment like a coin will always have it land on it’s edge, and roll towards the nearest segment you don’t own.

If you're not sure where the segments might be, roll 1d100 each time you arrive at a new area:

  1. For sale from a tinker, for favours bizarre
  2. With a warlord that knows not what he has
  3. Trapped in a lab with a brain in a jar
  4. At the bottom of a well
  5. Buried in the ruins of a collapsed church
  6. Functioning as part of a town lightning rod
  7. Floating on a solid cloud
  8. In the middle of a field, surrounded by dead cows and burnt grass
  9. In the nest of an immense crow
  10. The wedding ring of an eccentric princess
  11. or more: not here! Keep looking


The Rod of Seventy Seven Parts is highly unstable, and does not go together easily. When joining together segments, the Rod has an X-7 in 20 chance of backfiring:
1dX segments teleport away and…

  1. The rod explodes for Xd6 damage, 20ft radius
  2. You are polymorphed into a random animal
  3. Killed stone dead, no save, with an idiot expression on your face
  4. Surrounding area is teleported in a random direction
  5. 1d20 lightning bolts hit randomly all around
  6. An apocalypse happens, just a local one


Adding the eighth segment has a 1-in-20 chance of going kapow, the ninth 2-in-20 etc. Joining together parts using mechanical/magical assistance may deflect or reduce the effects.

Abilities that recharge daily will do so at the first ray of dawn. Abilities that recharge weekly will do so on the dawn of the Sabbath. Cunning users will wrangle this to their advantage.

  1. Wind-up as an action, next hit deals 1d20 damage on a hit, staggers you on a miss
  2. Unique ranged attacks, deals 1d8 on a hit. Range increases with segments collected
  3. As shield, blocks 1d12 damage X times before consequences
  4. Transforms into any weapon
  5. Absorbs spells from wands/scrolls/magic items etc. can hold X
  6. If you don’t attack in a round, +X to Defence
  7. Deals exploding damage on a max roll
  8. X additional attacks per day, 1d6 self-damage per two extras
  9. +X to-hit, +X damage
  10. Polymorphs the rod into a seven-legged spider with X HD. Has a X% chance of going rogue, if it thinks it can best you in a fight. If the spider dies, the rod falls apart  and scatters segments everywhere.
  11. Perfectly block an attack, 1/day
  12. Perfectly hit an attack, 1/day
  13. Scan enemy HP, 1/combat
  14. Reroll failed saves while at full HP and/or wearing exceptionally fine clothes
  15. Change the dimensions of the rod by x7 in any direction
  16. Emits light as a torch for X hours per day
  17. +2X inventory slots
  18. Escape a dungeon with your party, up to X floors beneath the surface
  19. Can recreate the image and sound of a 10 minute scene in the last X days
  20. Vibrates gently whenever you are about to do something likely lethal
  21. Telepathy by making eye-contact, unusual usage up to X/day (just talking is fine, yelling, imitating other voices, is “unusual”)
  22. Translates between any languages, 10-X % chance of a mix-up per conversation
  23. Ask Advice, X/week
  24. Scout room, X/day
  25. Copies an ability you have been struck by, use it X/day
  26. Increase max HP by 2X
  27. Immune to critical hits
  28. Immune to level drain and death effects
  29. Take half damage from [1. Fire, 2. Poison, 3. Spells, 4. Traps, 5. Bladed weapons 6. Falling]
  30. Block the first X MD from spells per day
  31. Multiply damage by 1+1dX on a critical hit
  32. Critical range increases by X/2
  33. Reroll a d20, X/day
  34. Automatically succeed a d20 roll, X/week
  35. Produce an exceedingly useful item, X/week
  36. Produce a basic supply item, X/day
  37. Levitate up and down, slowly
  38. Walk on water
  39. Produces X hours of breathable air per day
  40. Blink, deals 1d6 damage every additional time used
  41. Teleport, 1/day
  42. Animate Object, X/day
  43. Invisibility, X rounds of combat per day, or X minutes non-combat
  44. Recharge any daily ability 1/day
  45. Add 1 MD to a spell, X/week
  46. Sleep, targets X HD of enemies, 1/day
  47. Fly, X passengers, 1/day
  48. Reattach a lost limb, 1/day
  49. Heal Xd4 HP per day
  50. Fireball, Xd6 damage, 1/day
  51. Transmute Flesh to Stone and Back, X/day
  52. Transmute [Weird] to [Weird], X/day
  53. Silent Illusion X/day
  54. Control [1. Fire 2. Water 3. Earth 4. Air] X/day
  55. Ask a yes/no question about something you tap, X/day
  56. Detect Invisible
  57. Detect Poison
  58. Locate Object, within X miles
  59. Detect Magic, X/day
  60. Speak with Dead, X/day
  61. Speak with [1. Fire 2. Water 3. Earth 4. Air] X/day
  62. Speak with [1. Locks, 2. Shoes, 3. Arrows, 4. Blood, 5. Roads, 6. Statue, 7. Teeth, 8. Self, 9. Spell, 10. God, 11. Stars, 12. Universe, 13. Light, 14. Darkness, 15. Memories, 16. Dreams, 17. Lust, 18. Lies, 19. Dave, 20. Mother], X/day
  63. Command Magnetism
  64. Determine Weather
  65. Astral Travel, X dreams
  66. Neutralise Hunger, X people supported
  67. +2 to a random stat, +4 with 7 or more segments
  68. Change a random stat to 18, another is halved
  69. Deal 1d6 damage to target in sight, X/day
  70. Time-stop, X rounds/week
  71. Cast a random spell, X/day
  72. Telekinesis, up to X kg at a time
  73. Pass through X feet of solid material per day
  74. Undo previous round, 1/week
  75. Wish, 1/century
  76. True Resurrection, 1/century
  77. Extends lifespan by X times


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