Its Arctic Week here at Necromancers of the Northwest, a week devoted to the cold and icy places where few dare to tread. I’ve always held such places in great regard, as they are treacherous by their very nature, and not something that 1st-level player characters are really up to facing. It is only fitting then that today’s Magic Market features extremely high-end weapons and armor, awaiting those adventurers mighty enough to push into the frozen north (or its equivalent) for powerful cold-themed treasure, lying just beneath the ice…
ARMOR OF THE ARCTIC PRICE 101,650 gp
Slot Armor; CL 9th; Weight 50 lbs.
Aura moderate evocation
These enchanted armors are made from super hard ice that has been buried under at least 10 feet of snow for a year and a day. The armor itself freezes the air around it, causing a mist to float around the wearer.
In addition to functioning as +3 full plate, a suit of armor of the arctic possesses an extreme cold which provides proof against freezing attacks, and also chills those who would dare strike the wearer. The wearer of a suit of armor of the arctic is immune to cold damage and the effects of spells with the cold descriptor. Additionally, the armor has a frosty aura, which deals 2d6 points of cold damage to any adjacent creature that strikes the wearer with a melee or natural weapon, and any creature that grapples the wearer. Further, any metal weapon that strikes the armor of the arctic is affected by the spell chill metal (no save). However, if any fire damage is dealt to armor of the arctic, it instantly gains the broken condition.
None of an armor of the arctic’s unique abilities count as an enhancement bonus equivalent, and it is treated as a +3-equivalent armor for the purposes of the cost of further improving its magical abilities.
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, chill metal, endure elements
BATTLEAXE OF BLIZZARDS PRICE 110,310 gp
Slot —; CL 13th; Weight 6 lbs.
Aura strong transmutation
A 2-foot-long shaft of deep blue iron, freezing to the touch, is capped by an ornate crescent-shaped axe head, apparently made from ice, though hard as steel, unmelting, and engraved with finely detailed snowflakes floating on the wind. When swung in the air, this weapon shimmers with frost as it calls down the power of ice.
In addition to functioning as a +1 frost battleaxe, a battleaxe of blizzards has a number of powers relating to the frozen energy it produces. Firstly, the blade instantly freezes water when it comes into contact with it, much like a freezing sphere spell. Additionally, any attack the blade makes against a creature that is made primarily of liquid (such as a water elemental or most oozes) instantly petrifies the target, unless the target succeeds on a Fortitude save (DC equals the damage dealt by the attack).
Further, when the battleaxe of blizzards makes especially powerful impacts, it summons the fury of winter, raining snow and ice upon its victim. Whenever the battleaxe of blizzards confirms a critical hit, it creates an ice storm effect centered on the target, with a duration of 1d4 rounds. The wielder of a battleaxe of blizzards is immune to the effects of this ice storm.
Finally, once per day, while in a cold environment, the wielder of a battleaxe of blizzards can wave it through the air for one full round in order to use control weather as a spell-like ability in order to produce a blizzard.
None of an battleaxe of blizzards’ unique abilities count as an enhancement bonus equivalent, and it is treated as a +2-equivalent weapon for the purposes of the cost of further improving its magical abilities.Construction Requirements Cost 55,310 gp
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, control weather, freezing sphere, ice storm
SNOWFLAKE SHIELD PRICE 50,170 gp
Slot —; CL 15th; Weight 15 lbs.
Aura strong abjuration
A disk about the size of man’s chest, a snowflake shield is so named for the snowflake painted on its front. The delicate design of these shields, with no two exactly alike, belies their defensive potential.
In addition to functioning as a +5 heavy steel shield, a snowflake shield provides its wielder with a number of potent defenses against the harsh and frozen worlds. Firstly, the wielder of a snowflake shield gains the benefits of the evasion special ability of the rogue against any effect which deals cold damage. Additionally, the wielder’s vision is never hampered by snow, sleet, hail, or similar weather conditions. Finally, a snowflake shield provides its wielder with an additional +2 dodge bonus to AC against any creature native to a cold environment.
Some of a snowflake shield’s unique abilities count as an enhancement bonus equivalent, and it is treated as a +7-equivalent shield for the purposes of the cost of further improving its magical abilities.Construction Requirements Cost 25,170 gp
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, endure elements, creator must have the evasion class feature