Functional Weapons of Legacy (3.5e Variant Rule)
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Let's be honest, weapons of legacy from the book of the same name suck. They suck long and hard. They are special magic items which you can enhance through special fluffy rituals, gold, and xp cost, and up to that point things were ok. It was much like being able to craft your own magic items without the feat, and limited to this one item. And the rituals to unlock more powers can be epic and engaging.
And then come... the drawbacks.
Intended as some bizarre concept of balance, the drawbacks are not only bad, but purposefully designed to cripple the type of user of the weapon. Are you a strong two-handed power attacking warrior? Here's a nice sword, by the way it's -2 to hit, permanently lowers your hp by 10, and reduces your AC too, and drops your speed. But hey, at least you got to spend your own gold and xp to make it Flaming!
While technically possible through much optimization to make custom weapons of legacy decent (all the ones in the book are so crappy an otyugh wouldn't eat it), it's difficult, it's time consuming, it involves dumpster diving, and it shouldn't work like that. The concept of weapons of legacy is close enough to feats like Ancestrial WeaponBoED, without the drawbacks. For the drawbacks given, the benefits are pathetic. So, if you ever want to see a viable use of weapons of legacy beyond the highly optimized attempt at making them simply ok, try this...
Functional Weapons of Legacy
Remove the drawbacks.
That's it. They don't exist. The gold, the xp, and the time spent on rituals is cost enough. Enjoy your shiny sword, have a nice day.
Armory of Legacy
Below is a list of all items that use the Functional Weapons of Legacy variant rule.
|Arcenciel||250 gp||A weapon of legacy harp associated with Ciel, an ancient Goddess of music, creative impulse, and rainbows.|
|Binary Nova||4400 gp||A weapon of legacy meteor hammer created by practitioners of the Unseen Shackles discipline. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Black Diamond Blade||3,550 gp|
|Blade of Phys||4285||A blade made of strange alien crystal, the Blade of Phys is capable of channeling light in destructive ways.|
|Blightsteel||2850 gp||A weapon of legacy greatsword was forged in a cursed land. It seeks to end the cycle of life, death, and rebirth and create a world of immortals. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Bow of Karakus||18390 gp||A simple looking bow engraved with "Karakus of the Fey"|
|Cane of the High North||2012 gp||A weapon of legacy rod (that is, a heavy mace) associated with the "holiday spirits" of Christmas. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Eros Kiss||2075 gp||A weapon of legacy shortbow associated with the "holiday spirits" of Valentine's Day. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Eternal Demon Blade of the Youkai||3012 gp|
|Freedom Caster||2035 gp||A weapon of legacy light crossbow associated with the "holiday spirits" of Independence Day. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Gauntlets of Iryon||3000|
|Guarapuava||6390 gp||A weapon of legacy Lance said to have been forged in an enormous abyssally charged volcanic eruption.|
|Gundhin||3000||A legendary blade noted for it sharpness and strange honor code.|
|Harvester Knife||2002 gp||A weapon of legacy dagger associated with the "holiday spirits" of Thanksgiving. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Heartstinger||2002 gp||A weapon of legacy dagger supposedly owned by the creator of the Thousand Daggers discipline, Oiwa Mochizuki. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Helix Blade||5000||A blade forged with the powers of biological life.|
|Howl of the Sky||2390 gp||A weapon of legacy bladelance said to have been owned by a long forgotten sky deity, who was banished and forgotten for some unspeakable crime. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Josho||N/A||An epic level Weapon of Legacy made by the fusion of two others.|
|Judgment Star||2320 gp||A weapon of legacy greataxe forged in the celestial sphere to apply divine judgment and executions. It can bring both death or mercy to its victims. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Lone Soldier's Shield||3000||A weapon of legacy, the shield of a mighty soldier of old. It is said to be completely indestructible.|
|Lunar Cry||2810 gp||A weapon of legacy bladed gauntlet used by the founder of the Wild Moon discipline. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Lunar Sun Blade||2325 gp||A weapon of legacy shotel belonging to an infamous desert assassin, who eventually succumbed to a terrible curse. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Monado||150,000 gp||The legendary Monado, the blade of Bionis.|
|Nataraja||2315 gp||A weapon of legacy scimitar ritually used by the high priests involved in the Dancing Goddess discipline. Its original creation is uncertain, but it is believed to be a gift from the gods. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Nyoi-bo Staff||4300 gp||A weapon of legacy quarterstaff used by the nameless founder of the Anima River discipline. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Ongul's Wrath||2,800 gp||A weapon of legacy two-handed axe that channels the burning rage of its first wielder.|
|Prince of Blades||2350 gp||A weapon of legacy greatsword used by the founder of the Golem Heart discipline. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Project Eye of God||2500||A Legacy Graft created by a Master Biomancer|
|Pseudopod||3,000 gp||The legacy weapon of the Organic Repast discipline, this jalzab has a mind of its own and seems to be a living creature. Its power grows along with its wielder's.|
|Raptor Edge||4525 gp||A weapon of legacy lance used by the founder of the Aerial Ace discipline. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Sap of Death||2001 gp||A weapon of legacy sap, a nonlethal tool which has none-the-less caused many fatalities. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Sealer's Blade||1700 gp||A weapon of legacy that is used in the sealing of evil spirits.|
|Seiza||18390 gp||A weapon of legacy Spear that reflects the heavens|
|Springpole Spear||2075 gp||A weapon of legacy longspear associated with the "holiday spirits" of Easter. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Staff of Nightmares||2000 gp||A weapon of legacy quarterstaff associated with the "holiday spirits" of Halloween. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Staff of Slat Draoi||3300 gp||A weapon of legacy quarterstaff used by an ancient and powerful wizard of lore, it retains some of his supernatural might by expanding spells known and applying metamagic effects.|
|Sunseeker||2375 gp||A weapon of legacy falchion wielded by a great paladin from a world without a sun, it was a source of light in the darkness and a great destroyer of the creatures of the night. It can be drawn in a flash, project arcs of light, and shield its user from evil. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Sword of Kings||2335 gp||A weapon of legacy bastard sword embedded in a magic stone, and it is said that any who can draw the sword from the stone earns the right to be king. There is a small problem; no one has been able to do so. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Swordcerer||3,010 gp||A sword holding the magic of several spellcasters. Unfortunately, they were all pretty crap.|
|The Cypherion of Infinite Words||2,200 GP||This ancient grimoire written in a language meant to emulate truespeech, it is a powerful tool for a truenamer.|
|Truegold Whip||2301 gp||A weapon of legacy whip forged by celestial beings and granted to those chosen by the gods to represent truth, justice, and love. It can make creatures tell the truth, lash out at long range, and smite chaos and evil. As it grows, it grants greater and greater powers.|
|Identifier||3.5e Variant Rule +|
|Rated By||RiverOffers +, Surgo +, Fluffykittens +, Enigma +, Lothlos +, ThunderGod Cid + and Ghostwheel +|
|Rating||Rated 3.1 / 4 +|
|Summary||The weapon of legacy rules suck. These ones don't. +|
|Title||Functional Weapons of Legacy +|