Sunday, October 30, 2011

Weekly 4e Homebrew: Shard Weapon

Every Sunday, I'll have a completely homebrewed Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition element that you can use in your games. I do take requests so you can either post a comment here, email me at with the subject "Homebrew Request", or send me a tweet on Twitter (@brannonhutchins) with the hashtag #weekly4e.

This week, we discover a weapon forged from material found only beyond the universe. I give you, the Shard Weapon.
Shard Weapon

Every other night, you can see stars falling to the earth. streaking across the skies at fantastical speeds. One such night, a village was burned to the ground and within its remains was a stone the size of man.

The people of the village were amazed to see this stone, made from what appeared to be strong metals and a pink-purple crystal. As they examined it, they quickly discovered not to touch it with their bare hands for it twisted their flesh, contorted into spirals of bone and meat.

A local blacksmith found a use for this material, forging weapons that could bend armor and twist the blades of a parrying enemy. The village was quickly made safer from the darkness that surrounds the world, but not for long.

No one knows exactly what happened to the village. A trader, hearing tales of the Shard Weapons, traveled to the village to purchase his own for protection along the roads. He found the village deserted and many bodies of what must have once been the villagers. The corpses were twisted and monstrous, contorted caricatures of their former selves. And the rumored stone from beyond was nowhere to be seen.

Not everything from the sky comes from the heavens.

Designer Notes: This weapon was created to be wielded by a cultist following the orders of creatures of the Far Realm, paving the way for their invasion. While I never got to use it in the game before it died due to, well, life, I leave it here for you to use in case your game has any Far Realm themes that you can exploit.

The Shard Weapon was designed for use in Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition by Wizards of the Coast.

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