I am running a West Marches-style campaign and due to a lack of clerics and wizards enchanting weapons is beginning to be a hindrance on the party. As such I would like to create single use stored magic attacks which can be attached to physical weapons, much like weapon crystals in dnd 3.5.
The mechanics are, the caster casts a damaging spell into a fresh crystal. Depending on the gold value of the crystal the player get a least, lesser or greater enchantment.
- least: the spell damage is rolled and when attuned to a weapon will release 2 points of damage each attack with the elemental damage the spell gave. when the rolled damage is used up, the crystal is destroyed.
- lesser: the damage spell is noted by nDx, with each attack using 1Dx until n is 0, where the crystal is destroyed
- greater: the entire spell is stored in the crystal, on hit the PC may use the crystal to release all the damage at once, the crystal is destroyed afterwards.
Is this a balanced attachment to mundane weapons compared to permanent magical weapons for 5e?