Excerpts Archive | 7/31/2009
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Excerpts: AV2 Story Items -- Implements
Adventurer's Vault 2

In today’s Adventurer's Vault 2 preview, we look at the powers and story behind two new implements -- one a rod of starlight, the other a rod of rain.

Rods

Heavier than a wand, smaller than a staff. If you have to ask what makes it different, you’ll never know.

Warlocks, invokers, and artificers channel their power through rods. Some rods identify their intended users clearly by referencing specific class features or powers. Others have a broader appeal.

Except in rare cases, a rod is not robust enough to be used as a weapon. If a rod can function as either a weapon or an implement, that fact is noted in the item’s description.

If you are a member of a class that can wield a rod as an implement, you can add the rod’s enhancement bonus to the attack rolls and the damage rolls of implement powers from that class that you use through the rod, and you can use its properties and powers. Members of other classes gain no benefit from wielding a rod.



Rod of Stolen Starlight
Level 7+
At your command, this rod infuses your spell with light from mysterious stars.
Lvl 7 +2 2,600 gp
Lvl 12 +3 13,000 gp
Lvl 17 +4 65,000 gp
Lvl 22 +5 325,000 gp
Lvl 27 +6 1,625,000 gp
Implement (Rod)
Enhancement: Attack rolls and damage rolls
Critical: +1d6 radiant and necrotic damage per plus
Property: When you hit an undead enemy affected by your Warlock’s Curse with an attack power using this rod, you deal an extra die of Warlock’s Curse damage against that enemy.
Power (At-Will Radiant): Minor Action. The next necrotic or poison power you use through this rod deals radiant damage instead of necrotic damage or poison damage.

Rod of Stolen Starlight

When a drow city was beset by hordes of undead, even the most powerful dark pact warlocks found their spells ineffective. Willing to go to any lengths to stop the invasion, these warlocks sent false diplomats to find star pact warlocks from whom they could steal power. With their newfound knowledge, they created the first rods of stolen starlight, which were powerful weapons in the battle against undead.

Scions of the Stars: Sometimes, the remains of dedicated star pact warlocks develop cysts that swell until creatures of the Far Realm burst forth. Rumors abound of places where this has happened and aberrant creatures are attacking the local populace. Heroes who follow these rumors and defeat those creatures might find a rod of stolen starlight.

The Demon Prince’s Drow: Some drow take up the worship of Orcus, which displeases the powers of darkness. Followers of those entities might give a rod of stolen starlight to a group of heroes to help them destroy these Orcus-worshiping drow and their undead followers.

Rod of Silver Rain
Level 15+
This rod appears to be made from molten silver. It can create clouds that rain silver upon the battlefield.
Lvl 15 +3 25,000 gp
Lvl 20 +4 125,000 gp
Lvl 25 +5 625,000 gp
Lvl 30 +6 3,125,000 gp
Implement (Rod)
Enhancement: Attack rolls and damage rolls
Critical: +1d8 damage per plus, or +1d12 damage per plus against fey creatures
Power (Daily): Minor Action. Make an attack: Area burst 3 within 20 squares. Each enemy in the burst that is affected by your Warlock’s Curse takes ongoing 10 damage and grants combat advantage (save ends both). If the target is a fey creature, add your Charisma modifier to the ongoing damage.
Level 25 or 30: Ongoing 15 damage.

Rod of Silver Rain

Every fifty years, a supernatural rain falls across the Feywild. It coats the land in silver, causing feelings of great celebration among the goodly fey, who see it as an auspicious sign, and feelings of dread among the wicked, malicious dark fey, who hate the silver rain.

At one point, an eladrin warlock named Suzasha decided to collect the rain and transform it into a rod, using it as a tool to both celebrate the land and fight against the fomorians and other dark fey. The rod created a silver cloud that burned the minds of Suzasha’s foes and aided her allies. Not surprisingly, the evil fey crafted a plan to remove the threat of the rod.

The fomorians dispatched their lackeys to steal the rod from Suzasha under cover of night. The thieves were successful and returned the rod to their dark stronghold, where the fomorians unsuccessfully attempted to disenchant the item. Pained by its proximity, they cast it into the Shadowfell. Lesser copies have been created, but the eladrin have been searching for the original ever since.

Shadowfell Search: Adventurers have sought the original rod in the Shadowfell to no avail. Only one creature knows where it lies hidden—a fomorian wretch named Kruvthos. He claims to have been banished from the fomorian realms and is threatening to gain revenge by revealing the rod’s location to those who will help him. But none so far have been willing to trust the fomorian, since lies and deception are a part of a fomorian’s very essence, and any help that Kruvthos gives will come at a cost.

The Queen of Air and Darkness: The Queen of Air and Darkness, an evil ruler of wicked fey, lives in exile, holding a rod of silver rain in her court. She keeps it in a vault that shields her courtiers from its harmful effects. Rumors suggest that the Queen is away petitioning to return to the Feywild, making this the perfect time to steal her rod.


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Story Items, Weapons

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Lair Items

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Ammunition

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Item Sets, Part 1

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Item Sets, Part 2

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