Aura moderate necromancy; CL 6th
Slot none; Price 28,600 gp; Weight 10 lbs.
The head of this regal mace is covered in flowing, floral designs wrought from silver. Crimson metal caps the weapon and is wrapped around the upper haft in more noble designs and a gravitas seems to emanate from it, as though it hungers for combat.
This +1 silver heavy mace is normally just that, but in the hands of a wielder with the the undeath domain its true properties come to the fore—on a successful critical hit, the head of the weapon opens into vicious spikes that automatically succeed with a bite attack that deals 1d4 points of Constitution damage. The wielder gains 5 temporary hit points per point of Constitution damage dealt this way.
In the hands of a dhampir, vampire or vampire spawn, a sanguine mace automatically confirms critical hits.
A character that makes a Knowledge (religion) check to learn more about the sanguine mace reveals some of the unique weapon’s lore:
DC 10 Valthior the Valorous was a fighter of the undead and is still celebrated widely across the land. His mace felled beasts of the night and countless monsters that threatened smaller communities in the wilds.
DC 15 While a hero of the people, holy knights and paladins chased Valthior everywhere he went and this mace quickly became his calling card. It is still sought by their orders and they'll pay a finder's fee to anyone that locates it.
DC 20 It's said that the sanguine mace originally belonged to a vampire king that Valthior slain singlehandedly, though the warrior is said to have disappeared decades ago in the same keep the undead lord once occupied.
DC 25 Valthior the Valorous was in fact a dhampir and is said to live still—he is believed to exist in the keep, kept there by the slain vampire king's spirit to save the surrounding communities from tyrrany.
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, vampiric touch; Cost 14,300 gp 572 xp
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