This is a day late, but not a dollar short. This is a D&D 4th Edition artifact complete with stats and powers. This is the first time I’ve done this in the D&D 4th Edition system, so bear with me if it’s a little wonky. I’ve only made full-blown artifacts in 2nd and 3rd edition of (A)D&D.
Spear of the Elven Forests: Epic Level Artifact
The Spear of the Elven Forests is a +5 Phasing Spear. Yes, I know spears are not ranged weapons. See below for why it can be thrown.
Enhancement: Attack rolls and damage rolls.
Critical: +5d6 damage.
Property: Can be thrown like a javelin or used in melee combat. It returns to your hand after being thrown.
Property: You can speak and understand the Elven language and read Elven runes.
Property: Your ranged attacks with the weapon ignore the penalty to attack rolls for cover or superior cover.
Power (Daily — Martial, Weapon): Standard action. You can use blade cascade (ranger15).
Power (Daily): For every die you roll for damage, the target bleeds that many points of damage as ongoing damage. Save ends the bleeding effect.
Goals of the Spear of the Elven Forests:
- Protect Elven forest lands from deprivation and deforestation.
- Slay as many Orcs as possible.
- Uphold the honor of the Elven people.
- Starting Score: 5
- Owner gains a level: +1d10
- Owner is an Elf: +2
- Owner completes a quest on behalf of the Elven people: +1
- Owner kills an Orc tribal leader or mystic (max 1/day): +1
- Owner or ally attacks an Elf (max 1/encounter): -2
- Owner disobeys a direct order of Elven rulers: -2
The Spear continues to talk as if Satisfied, but compares the owner with Elven heroes of lore. The Spear tells many stories about the Elven heroes.
Critical: +6d6 damage
Property:+3d10 damage vs. Orcs
Power (Encounter — Martial, Weapon): Standard Action. You can use knockdown strike (ranger, 13)
Special: The owner may speak with animals at will.
The Spear is giddy with the owner and will rarely shut up about how wonderful the owner is.
Power (Daily): Minor Action. You can heal yourself or an ally within throwing range of the Spear as if spending a healing surge without the expenditure of a healing surge.
The Spear is talkative and friendly to the owner in an attempt to show it is on the side of the owner.
The Spear grumbles with the owner and constantly berates it in Elven until the owner gets its act together.
Special: The Spear loses the Phasing ability.
Angered (0 or Lower)
The Spear is ominously quiet with the owner and radiates a severe sense of displeasure.
Special: The owner suffers a -4 to all nature rolls. All attack and damage rolls are at a -5.
When it is time to move on the Spear simply flies from the hands of the owner, and into the skies to be recovered by someone else in greater need of the artifact.