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Impaler of Thorns

Source Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition pg. 421, Pathfinder #2: The Skinsaw Murders pg. 51
Aura moderate enchantment CL 7th
Slot none; Price 9,000 gp; Weight 9 lbs.


The impaler of thorns is an ancient weapon dating back to Thassilonian times, when it was often used by city guards to aid in breaking up civil unrest. An impaler’s shaft is made of darkwood, and its head is a thornlike, wide-bladed barb. When an impaler of thorns is used in combat, its successful critical hits are accompanied by an unsettling screech, as of some wild beast in anger.

An impaler of thorns is a +1 longspear. Once per day as it strikes a foe, the wielder can cause it (as a free action) to unleash a 30-footradius burst of despair that affects all creatures not wielding an impaler of thorns. Creatures affected must succeed at DC 16 Will saves or become overwhelmed with sadness and despair, taking –2 penalties on attack rolls, saving throws, ability checks, skill checks, and weapon damage rolls for 6 minutes. The target struck when this effect is triggered must also succeed at a second DC 16 Will save to resist becoming nauseated with despair for 1 round.


Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, cat's grace, crushing despair, delay poison; Price 4,500 gp