Sunday, June 2, 2013

Is Sunderday really that transparent?

EDIT: It has been pointed out to me that the spell level for strength of steel was too low given its permanency, and so I have adjusted the level accordingly. This has forced me to re-evaluate the cost of the shield as well.
Sorry guys and I will make sure to (try) and be more diligent in costing in the future.

On time for a change this week (but knowing me as well as I do, I wouldn’t get used to it), I thought I might give the Shield Gems another break and do a (sort of) follow up shield to last week’s Medusa Shield. This one however is a useful tool when fighting a Medusa, or in fact any creature with a gaze attack, and will be a welcome addition to the arsenal of anyone who doesn’t wish to be turned to stone, charmed or any number of other nasty things.

I’ve also included a new spell at the end as well, a little bonus for you all. Stop rubbing off on me Mike!

Crystalline Shield
Aura Moderate Transmutation; CL 13th
Slot shield; Price 54,060gp; Weight 5 lb.
This +1 Crystal Shield is treated in all ways as if it were a Heavy Steel Shield.
The shield is made from a clear, glass-like crystal and can be seen through with some distortion (-5 to perception skill checks based on sight while looking through the shield). When the wielder is looking through the shield however, they can see as if they had Darkvision out to 60’.
The biggest benefit of the shield though, comes when the wielder faces an opponent with a gaze attack. When looking through the shield, they are immune to any gaze attacks directed at them, as the distortion effect caused by the crystal is just enough to dampen the effects of the gaze. The positioning of the shield and the distortion also combine to give a -2 to any attack rolls made while looking through it.
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, darkvision, strength of steel; Cost 27,030gp

New Spell
Strength of Steel
School Transmutation; Level cleric (artifice) 6, sorcerer/wizard 7
Casting Time 10 minutes
Components V, S, M (a steel ingot)
Range touch
Target one item
Duration permanent
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance no
This spell gives any object the strength of steel. If the object is made of multiple materials, such as a wooden shield with leather bindings, it affects the material with the highest percentage of the whole eg. the wood of the aforementioned shield.
The steel ingot is placed on top of the item to be hardened. As the spell is cast, the steel slowly melts into the item until it has been fully absorbed. Once the spell is completed, the object now has Hardness 10 and 30 hit points per inch of thickness. In all other ways there is no change to the object, including weight or material composition.


  1. Great Stuff your posting here. What level of spell would strength of steel be for an alchemist? This seems right up their alley.

  2. I'm glad you're enjoying Sunderdays. :)

    If I were going to allow the spell as an Alchemist's Formula I would make it a level 6 Formula.