Rod of Blackness (3.5e Equipment)

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Rod of Blackness: This rod is made from ebony and shines like the blackest night. It feels cold to the touch and seemes to radiate darkness.

Blackness: This rod emitts and can control darkness to do several things. On command, 3/day, as a swift action the rod can be used to cast Darkness as per the spell, which lasts for 30 minutes. Once the rod is in presence of magical darkness it can be used to manipulate the darkness to the holder's will.

Black Binds: The rod can use the darkness to entangle a victim within the radius. If the victim fails a DC 17 Will save, they are Entangled but can not move at all. It takes a DC 20 Strength or Escape Artist check taken as a Full-Round Action to break free. The bonds last for 5 rounds; Casting is a Standard Action. Darkness is dispelled after using this ability.

Black Explosion: The rod can use the darkness to attack and harm any victim within the radius. It causes all the darkness to collapse into one infinitely small point and explode outward. This is a ranged touch attack that deals 5d4+5 damage to all within a 5ft radius burst centered anywhere within the darkness, and will hurt anything except creatures native to the Plane of Shadows. Casting is a Standard Action. Darkness is dispelled after using this ability

The two above abilities can only be used in areas of magical darkness, as per the Darkness spell. This does include Darkness cast by other spell casters. Also, if it is night and you are outside, increase the DC of Black Binds by and you gain a +1 on the attack roll for the Black Explosion.

Moderate (DC 17) Illusion;CL 9; Craft Rod, Darkness; Cost 5,000gp + 125gp for Ebony, 400 XP, 10 Days; Activation: Swift (command) and Standard (command); Weight: 3 lb.; Market Price: 10,250gp

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