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Does anyone know of an item in d&d 3.5 that would allow a character to create spawn similar to the effect of being slain by a wight? I am working on a campaign and looking for an item that creates undead spawn.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I figure if nothing exists I will likely have to, but if there is something out there similar to base it off of that would help. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 20:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JohnGrabanski Please see this Meta question. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 21:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Who needs items? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 21:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ @HeyICanChan useful, I'll hold off on those suggestions till I've done the research and unable to find something. But yeah now that I read that, it's pretty much applicable to any question here. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 8, 2017 at 1:13

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Anyone that dies from negative levels will rise as an undead, usually a wight. (citation) So you're looking for an item that inflicts negative levels.

The most naive solution might be a wand of enervate which would cost 21000gp.

A more creative solution might be an unholy weapon, which gives a negative level to any Good-aligned creature that attempts to wield it. This could convert a lot of first-level good-aligned commoners into wights, assuming you also have some sort of mind-control effect to force them to wield it. (Simply handing them the weapon, or placing the weapon on their unconscious body, would not work, so far as I can tell.) An unholy sword would cost 18300gp and change, but I think it's technically legal to use an unholy arrow which costs 1/50 of that to create.

The very expensive lifedrinker greataxe inflicts negative levels on a hit (and also deals negative levels to the wielder -- yikes!).

An evil cleric could also just have a pet wight and let it kill people. Normally wights are human-sized, but you could house-rule a much smaller one that would be easier to hide.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Undead generally have control over their own spawn, while using energy drain this way instead creates a wild wight. Pretty significant difference/drawback. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 20:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ What makes you think that anyone drained of all his levels becomes an undead? The description of Energy Drained condition simply states he dies. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ols
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 20:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Ols I've added a citation. "Depending on the creature that killed her, she may rise the next night as a monster of that kind. If not, she rises as a wight." \$\endgroup\$
    – Dan B
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 21:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Dan B Ah, I see. This quote is from DMG Special Ability section (DMG p.293). I suppose, special abilities are reserved for creatures. So, by RAW, it may not be applicable for items. At the same time, I don't see any reason for not using it this way as a homerule. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ols
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 22:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Ols RE: "I suppose, special abilities are reserved for creatures. So, by RAW, it may not be applicable for items." Where's it say special abilities are reserved for creatures? Traps incorporate special abilities (like poison), too. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 8, 2017 at 0:51

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