A rod of lordly might was a magical rod that was wielded as a bludgeoning weapon similar to a mace. It was crafted in such a manner that it transformed into a number of other forms such as a flaming sword, a spear, or even as a hand-held siege weapon.
The rod possessed a flanged head as a mace and a long haft that was inset with six distinct buttons.
When one of the buttons was pushed the rod changed both its form and function and reverted to its original state when pressed again. Pressing the buttons caused the rod of lordly might to alter itself in the following ways:
- A fiery blade emerged from the end of the rod opposite the flanged head. The rod then functioned, and was wielded, as if it were a flame tongue.
- The head of the rod folded down and two crescent-shaped blades sprung out from within. It could then be wielded as a battleaxe.
- The flanges folded down and a pointed tip emerged while the shaft extended to a length of 6' (1.8 m). The rod then functioned as if it were a spear.
- The rod transformed into a climbing pole up to 50' (15.2 m) in length, complete with anchoring hooks and 3"-long (7.6 cm) long handholds. When used in this form, the rod functioned as a ladder and held up to 4,000 lb (1814.4 kg).
- The rod converted itself into a hand-held battering ram that was particularly useful for breaking through doors, barriers, and other barricades.
- When the final button was pressed, the rod maintained its usual form but pointed to true north. It bestowed upon the wielder the knowledge of their height above or depth below the surface of the ground.
When the rod was transformed into another weapon it always possessed a +3 enchantment.
As it struck an opponent, the rod of lordly might had a chance of inflicting necrotic damage and healing the wielder or paralyzing the person or creature it struck. Additionally it could be used to instill terror in any creature that stood within 30' (9.1 m) of the wielder. These powers could each be used once per day and recharged at dawn.
- Wrath of three kings: This particular rod of lordly might was crafted during the 11th century DR.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 196. ISBN 978-0786965622.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 197. ISBN 978-0786965622.
- ↑ BioWare (September 2000). Designed by James Ohlen, Kevin Martens. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. Black Isle Studios.