Magic Items in the Dhamon Saga


Jean Rabe introduced a few items in the Dhamon Saga series of Dragonlance novels. Take a look at what the items look like if written up for D&D! They should add a Krynnish touch to your campaign! Who could pass up a chance to have an item that Raistlin used?

Maldred’s Sword (Ogre Sword of the Swamplands):

The ogre greatsword (or fullblade if you’re using Sword and Fist) known as Maldred’s sword was given to Maldred by his ogre chieftain father in the first book of the Dhamon Saga. The sword had been in the armory of the ogre chieftain for a few decades. The chieftain decided it was time to give it to his son when he learned Maldred was going with Dhamon into the swamp. The chieftain expected to get it back at some point.

The ornate ogre sword of the swamplands possesses gold and silver filigree on the pommel and crosspiece. The mirror-bright blade is keenly sharp and magically enhanced to be used against reptilian humanoids and dragons. When used against these types of creatures, the fullblade effectively acts as a +4 fullblade. Because this weapon is a fullblade, a Medium-size wielder must possess the Exotic Weapon Proficiency to wield it two-handed (and cannot wield it one-handed at all). A Large creature can use the sword with one hand but is assessed the standard -4 nonproficiency penalty to its attack rolls, or it can use the sword with two hands as a martial weapon. Not only does the sword make its wielder deadlier against these foes, it also protects him or her against them via the defending attribute.

The sword was crafted nearly one hundred years before the War of Souls by the ogre weaponsmith Tindan Gaulstout of Blöten.

Caster Level: 5th; Prerequisites: Craft Magic Arms and Armor, shield or shield of faith, keen edge, summon monster I; Market Price: 50,400 gp; Cost to Create: 25,200 gp + 2,016 XP.

Raistlin’s Frog:

In Betrayal, the mad sorceress/healer Maab uses a magic trinket — a frog on a pendant. She claims that Raistlin gave it to her many, many years past. Raistlin did indeed present her with the bauble, though where he got it remains a mystery. Once per day, the frog allows the bearer to cast spells at a +5 caster level with respect to range, duration, and so on. The effect lasts for 5 rounds.

The frog was stolen by the sivak draconian Ragh. His companions do not know he possesses the bauble.

Caster Level: 14th; Prerequisites: Craft Wondrous Item; Market Price: 1,000 gp; Weight: –.

Sabar’s Gazing Globe (Crystal Ball):

In Redemption, the heroes discover the wondrous magic device called Sabar’s Gazing Globe. Created by an ancient Wizard of the Red Robes named Sabar, they crystal ball works as described in the Dungeon Master‘s Guide except for one thing: This crystal ball allows silent image to be cast in such a way that the point of origin can be any place shown in the crystal ball. (The caster must cast the spell, however.) Some scholars believe that Sabar made all manner of unusual magic items and put a bit of herself into each one.

Caster Level: 10th; Prerequisites: Craft Wondrous Item, scrying; Market Price: 50,000 gp; Weight: 7 lb.

About Jean Rabe

Jean Rabe is a fantasy and sci-fi author and editor who has worked on the Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and BattleTech series, as well as many others. Early in her career she worked for the Quincy Herald-Whig in Quincy, Illinois, and then for the Evansville Courier & Press in Evansville, Indiana. She went on to work for TSR, Inc., for the RPGA, writing magazine articles, writing and editing Dungeons & Dragons and Gamma World gaming modules and eventually novels. Some of her more notable works includes her collaboration with Mercedes Lackey in the Halfblood Chronicles.
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