Rise of the Runelords II
Impaler Of Thorns
Mithril +1 Returning Spear
Impaler of Thorns
Aura moderate enchantment CL 7th
Slot held Price 15,000 gp Weight 3 lbs.
This ancient Thassilonian weapon is a mithril +1 returning spear with a darkwood haft and barbed blade. Once per day, upon a successful hit with the weapon, the wielder can cause it to unleash waves of despair in a 30-foot burst (centered on the spear). All creatures in the area not themselves wielding an impaler of thorns must make a DC 16 Will save or be affected by crushing despair for 5 minutes. The target that was hit with the weapon when the despair effect is invoked must make another DC 16 Fortitude save or be sickened for 1 round. On a critical hit, the spear shrieks like a feral animal; the target must succeed on a DC 16 Will save or be shaken for 1 round. Unlike normal returning weapons, the impaler of thorns teleports back to the wielder, but only if its wielder is within 40 feet. Given its light weight, an impaler of thorns can be effectively used one-handed.
Requirements Craft magic arms and armor, crushing despair, dimension door, greater magic weapon
Cost 7,500 gp
This ornate spear was first encountered being wielded by Xanesha atop the Shadow Clock in Magnimar. It is decorated with Thassilonian runes, and appears to be of great age.