Blade of Tathagata (5e Equipment)

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Weapon (longsword), artifact (requires attunement by a creature chosen by the sword)

This weapon of divine origin is the only one of its kind. It was created long ago by Hephaestus for Tathagata, a prominent religious figure. He believed in nonviolent measures, but understood that sometimes violence is the only resort, so Hephaestus crafted this blade to protect him. In its creation, Hephaestus used the power of mortal souls. As this sword contains souls, it has its own will and chooses its owner by itself. A creature attuned to this weapon is proficient with it even if they normally aren't proficient with longsword.

The Blade of Tathagata deals an additional 2d8 radiant damage on a hit, along with an additional 2d8 fire damage on a critical hit. This damage bypasses resistances.

Divine Bond The blade can be summoned by his chosen one as an action. It must be on the same plane of existence to make use of this feature. This feature also works if either the chosen one or blade are in the Astral Plane.

Revery of Tathagata You gain a +3 bonus to your AC while attuned to this sword. Additionally, when you are reduced to 0 hit points, you instead fall to 1 hit point, and immediately gain the effects of a 9th level Glove of Invulnerability. While this feature is in effect, you regain 1d10 hit points at the start of every turn and are removed of all poisons, diseases, and levels of exhaustion. Once this feature is used, it cannot be used again until you take a long rest.

Advent of Tathagata Whenever you successfully hit a creature with the Blade of Tathagata for the first time, the creature takes an additional 3d10 slashing damage, bypassing resistances. Additionally, the target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw with a DC of 22 or become frightened of you for 1 minute.

Divine Strike As an action, when focusing on releasing the divine energy this sword contains, you can do a divine strike shooting a beam in a straight line. You deal an additional 4d6 radiant damage as you shoot a beam in a 30ft line doing the same damage to all creatures as a normal strike dealt. All enemies hit by the beam can make a dexterity saving throw against a DC equal to your dexterity score. On a success they only take half the damage. You can use this feature once per turn.

Tathagatas Will As this blade has its own will, it won't allow a chosen one to use other melee weapons. If the chosen one ignores the swords will and uses another melee weapon, it will try to absorb it's users soul. When you make a attack roll with a melee weapon aside from this blade, roll a d20. On a 3 or lower, your soul is absorbed by the sword. You instantly die and cannot be resurrected by any means short of a wish spell. On a roll of 4-18, the melee weapon attack immediately fails, as the Blade of Tathagata rejects your attempt to wield it. On a 19 or 20, the sword accepts your decision, and the melee weapon attack proceeds as normal.

Sentience. The Blade of Tathagata is a sentient neutral weapon, with an Intelligence score of 18 (+4), a Wisdom score of 23 (+6), and a Charisma score of 24 (+7). It had blindsight out to a range of 15 feet. It shares a telepathic bond with its wielder.

Personality. The Blade of Tathagata is kind and good natured, and is fairly layed back.
Random Properties. The Blade of Tathagata has the following random properties:

  • 2 minor beneficial properties
  • 1 major beneficial property
  • 1 minor detrimental property
  • 1 major detrimental property

Destroying the Blade of Tathagata. The Blade of Tathagata can be melted down in the forge of Hephaestus, returning it to the metal from which it once was forged.

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