Ki focuses are special implements that confer magical abilities on their owners through attunement with that focus. Unlike normal implements, a ki focus grants the wielder the ability to transfer that magic into any weapon he or she wields at the time. The ki focuses in this article didn’t make it into Heroes of Shadow. We’re offering them here to give vampires, assassins, and other classes that use ki focuses more options when selecting their magic implements.
The first envenomed ki focus was created by members of one of the earliest assassin guilds whose fondness for poisons became an obsession. It was said that the creators of this ki focus treated their poisons like sacred wine, and built up immunity to them by consuming the poisons in unhealthy doses. Though many died, those who were not killed experienced visions in their near-death torpor—visions that revealed the secrets of shadow magic.
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About the Author
Rodney Thompson is an RPG designer at Wizards of the Coast, originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. His credits for the Dungeons & Dragons game include Monster Manual 3, the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, and Monster Vault.