Axe of Perun (3.5e Spell)

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Axe of Perun
Evocation [Electricity]
Level: Blade 8, Cleric 9, Druid 8, Sorcerer/Wizard 8
Components: V, S, M, F/DF, XP
Casting time: 1 round
Range: 0 feet
Effect: Battleaxe-shaped weapon of crackling lightning
Duration: 1 round/level (D)
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: Yes

Invoking the name of Perun and presenting his symbols - the oak and the eagle - you toss the conductive copper dust into the air and summon a lightning bolt, which you catch in your hands. The lightning condenses into an axe, which you grip tightly and use to attack your bewildered opponents.

This spell works like ice axe[1], except that instead of the axe being made of ice, it is made of divine lightning. You are automatically proficient with the axe of Perun, and it cannot be sundered, nor can you be disarmed of it. Attacks with an axe of Perun are melee touch attacks that deal 2d4 points of electricity damage per caster level (to a maximum of 40d4). If your base attack bonus is high enough to allow for multiple attacks in a round, you may make them with the axe of Perun. The axe of Perun is immaterial, and your Strength modifier is not added to the damage. If you choose to hold something other than the axe of Perun in your hand, it disappears until your hand is free again. You take 4d6 points of electricity damage upon successfully casting this spell, and you take 4 points of electricity damage every round that the axe of Perun is in your hands. (This self-inflicted damage is not backlash damage; you can resist it if you have electricity resistance or immunity (though it will bypass the first 20 points of your electricity resistance, and treat electricity immunity as being electricity resistance equal to 5×your HD), and it will not force you to lose a level upon being resurrected if it kills you.)

This spell specifically mentions Perun, the Slavic lightning god, but it could also be keyed to Zeus, Thor, or whatever thunder/lightning god is most appropriate to your setting. Change the name of the spell accordingly. Whichever deity you choose to associate this spell with, it is only available to worshippers of that deity.

Material Component: A strip of bark from an oak tree at least 8 inches long, 4 inches wide, and 2 inches thick, 5 feathers from a giant eagle, and 2,500 gp worth of copper dust.

Focus: A silver holy symbol of Perun costing at least 1,000 gp. For a cleric or druid, this holy symbol can be the same divine focus used to cast your other spells, but it must be made of silver and cost at least 1,000 gp in order to cast axe of Perun.

XP Cost: 500 XP.

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