I am a first time player, and my character is a rock gnome druid. I wanted a weapon loosely based on the hûthvír of the Inheritance Cycle. I asked the DM for permission to make it, and I was told I could if it was balanced. I haven't showed the DM what I came up with yet.
This is what I have:
There are five pieces: wooden bar base, roughly the thickness of a quarterstaff, two long daggers, and two special sheaths that have the same materials and circumference as the base.
The pieces screw together, and to reconfigure costs an action and, depending on the reconfiguration, possibly a minor action.
The pieces can be organized in any configuration, but these are the main ones. Pay special attention to configuration 2, it is the reason for this weapon's being:
Quarterstaff: 1d6 bludgeoning; Versatile (1d8); 4 lbs.
Staff-sword: 2d4 bludgeoning, slashing or 1d8 piercing; Finesse Versatile (2d6 or 1d12); 3 lbs.
If something is being held in the other hand or the user is wearing a shield, there is a −2 for all attacks. If a player chooses, they can wield it defensively two handed, in which case the attack is the same as wielding it single-handed, but they will not provoke opportunity attacks, and their armor class is raised by 1.
Dagger: 1d4 piercing; finesse, light, thrown (range 20/60); 1 lbs.
Javelin (base+1 dagger): 1d6 piercing; Thrown (range 30/120); 2 lbs.
Spear (base+2 daggers, 1 sheathed): 1d6 piercing; Thrown (range 20/60), versatile (1d8)
Hidden-dagger-staff (base attached to sheath with dagger sheathed inward for easy unsheathing):
This looks like a walking stick, then you take out the hidden dagger — now you're holding a dagger and a walking stick.
- Dagger: see dagger stats
- Staff (like a light club): 1d4 bludgeoning; Light; 1.5 lbs. without dagger, 2.5 lbs. with
My character is a sage-researcher rock gnome, so storyline-wise he should be able to have made this himself. It is my character's only weapon, and because all pieces are custom made, it costs extra and takes time to replace them, which should help with balance.
I would like to know if this is a fair substitute for the druid's two starter weapons, or if it is unfair.