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How do I prevent a teleporting artefact from splitting the party? [closed]

During my campaign the players will find a magical diary. The diary is an artefact that, when read, transports the reader into the time period described therein. They can interact with the people and ...
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Are there any official guidelines or examples of items that have a fail state?

I'm looking to homebrew some custom artifacts for a D&D 5e campaign. I want something high risk/high reward that requires the player to make a skill check whenever they try to use it. I also want ...
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Is there precedent for how players identify the capabilities of Artifacts (outside the DMG)?

Question first: Are there 5e precedents outside the DMG for differences in players identifying the capabilities of Artifacts as opposed to other magical items? This could be a rule in a sourcebook, a ...
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How does the "Dark Speech" granted by the Book of Vile Darkness artifact interact with spells like Magic Mouth and Programmed Illusion?

The Book of Vile Darkness (DMG, p. 222) is an artifact with numerous properties, one of which is listed as "Dark Speech": While you carry the Book of Vile Darkness and are attuned to it, ...
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Looking for a specific softcover book from the 90's, one in a series of 3 I think, had white cover about overpowered artifacts

I had the book in question at one time and lost it during a move. The front and back covers were glossy and white with not the greatest art. I think it was the 2nd in a series of 3, but I could never ...
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Does the Book of Exalted Deeds' Enlightened Magic benefit apply to cantrips?

The artifact Book of Exalted Deeds (DMG, p. 222) has the following attribute: Enlightened Magic. Once you've read and studied the book, any spell slot you expend to cast a cleric or paladin spell ...
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Where can I find lore about the Shadow of Ao?

So I was perusing the wiki when I stumbled upon this: The Shadow of Ao was a powerful artifact said to have been lost after the sundering of Abeir-Toril. Abilities: Legend had that the Shadow of Ao ...
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How to complete my first session? [closed]

I'm preparing campaign for my friends. It's first time for all of us and I want to create a big bang at the beginning. My players are a high elf, a wood elf and a tiefling. They will start in quite a ...
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Do start of turn artifact properties work even when not in turn order/initiative time?

Introduction: In this long-running 5E campaign, a player has received a powerful artifact sword. While the sword is homebrewed, the majority of its properties are randomly generated from the artifact ...
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Can a cursed artifact that successfully possesses the user attuned to it still use its own properties normally?

In the campaign I'm running, one of the villains is a cursed artifact that could (and did) take control of its user. For an easier time on explaining my problem with those mechanics, I'll simply use ...
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Hide an artifact [closed]

In my D&D 5e campaign my players have found an artifact, to be specific a Necronomicon (which is more or less a spellbook) and now they carried it around. Most of the abilities of the book are ...
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Where can I find lore on the Heart of Darkness?

On the General of Gehenna's Greyhawk wiki page I saw this According to one legend, it was the General of Gehenna who created the tanar'ri and baatezu from the "impurities" within the ...
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What's the definition of an artifact in regards to a Sphere of Annihilation?

A sphere of annihilation erases all matter except for artifacts. What exactly would the prerequisites of an artifact be for it to be an exception to the Sphere's effect? From the sphere's description: ...
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Where can I find lore about the Singing-Luminous Eye of the Speakers?

I was reading through Narriseminek's wiki page when I saw this: The name of Narriseminek's domain is sung and incomprehensible to non-proteans, but is commonly called the Drifting Mountain of ...
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Where can I find lore about the Ichor Lance?

This particular artifact has caught my attention. I can barely find any lore pertaining to it. It has a blurb about how it was used by Zagig and Iggwilv to imprison Fraz-Urb'luu in Greyhawk but that'...
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Let's put the Demonomicon into a Bag of Holding! What could possibly happen?

According to Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, the Demonomicon of Iggwilv can hold up to 10 fiends at a time, record their name and depravities, and might even have 1-4 demons inside. However, it also ...
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Is this homebrew Artifact ready to finalize?

I've spent some time working on npcs and bosses but I have significantly less experience and therefore confidence in creating magic items. I've already fallen into traps of making things too weak as ...
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Examples of the "powerful being" and the "attention" they give to an artifact being destroyed by Disjunction

So I was reading the description of mages disjunction trying to look for a way to make mechanics for rulebreaker from FSN and noticed it said that mages disjunction has a 1% chance per CL to destroy ...
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Am I correctly understanding the rules on getting artifacts with XP and crafting artifacts with iotum?

Numenera Destiny introduces crafting artifacts. Numenera Discovery allows one to spend 3 XP to obtain an artifact. Are the two following statements correct? By Destiny rules, crafting an artifact ...
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How does Enhanced Trait: Affect Others Only function as a device?

This is a continuation of this question for Mutants and Masterminds 3e. So, the character I proposed could spawn a minimum of 6 constructs with 30pp worth of powers/skills by using Invention at ...
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implementation of a ranged grapple attack for an artifact weapon

I have created a new artifact as part of a campaign I am running, with properties that seem a perfect match for the campaign, the items history and our party in general. I expect our dim-witted ...
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How much information should the GM reveal with a Legend Lore spell? [closed]

The PCs decided they want a minor artifact (deck of many things) and decided to cast a Legend Lore to get information about it. They intend to barter, but if it stands within the grasp of an evil NPC, ...
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Why is this weapon searching for a new owner?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, Meloon Wardragon wields Azuredge, the legendary greataxe (p. 189): Players discover that (p. 210)... So, my question is: My players have handled that problem with a ...
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Is there a published campaign where a missing artifact or a relic is creating trouble by its absence?

I already wrote months ago a question about linking Lost Mine of Phandelver to another published module. By then, I hadn't yet bought the starter set and hadn't even GM'd. I now have GM'd through the ...
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What makes an item an artifact?

In the Tomb of Annihilation adventure, I've encountered a specific instance where the term "Artifact" is used meaningfully (on p. 134): Compare this to a different trap found in the module (on p. ...
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Is the Living Gem the Calimemnon Crystal?

Page 20 of the AD&D 2e book Running the Realms describes the item found by Shond Tarovin known as the Living Gem: In Schamedar (Calimshan), the adventurer-wizard Shond Tharovin has announced ...
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How can the positive/negative planes be described?

Unlike the other planes, the positive and negative planes are notoriously sparsely described. In fact, I figured that it wasn't even possible to go there until recently, when I read the description of ...
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How to create an artifact weapon linked to the progress of a mythic path?

I want to pump up the group I'm GMing for with Mythic rules. There is a warpriest in the group, and I wanted to have him earn the privilege of wielding the holy weapon of his church and make him a ...
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Are there published artifacts from the Shadowfell?

Are there published magic artifacts with origins from the Plane of Shadow (aka the Shadowfell)?
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Is this homebrew abjuration artifact balanced? [closed]

My players are currently level 9 as part of a campaign that I anticipate extending to somewhere between 18-20. The overall world is between low to medium magic. For context, the most powerful magic ...
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Can you remove the sentience from an intelligent item?

If you take something like the "dagger of denial", which will work against a player if their goals are not aligned, can you remove the sentience, by the 3.5 rules and extended rules, to make it a ...
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How are artifacts destroyed? [closed]

I think my question is fairly straightforward - how does one destroy an artifact? The only reference I have been able to find is the following passage from the DMG page 140 under 'Magic Item ...
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Creating a very powerful items like the rings of power from LOTR in my D&D campaign [closed]

I have this idea of having like 9 mystical swords with insane powers, and I want to give one of them to my players so they can hide it because everybody wants to take the sword and use its power for ...
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Does a spell cast using a 10th-level spell slot count as a 10th-level spell?

The Enlightened Magic feature of the Book of Exalted Deeds (DMG, p. 222) allows for 10th-level spell slots per this question. Nothing seems to disallow level 10 spell slots, but would the spells cast ...
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Does the Book of Exalted Deeds allow level 10 spell slots?

The artifact Book of Exalted Deeds, DMG p. 222, has the following attribute: Enlightened Magic. Once you've read and studied the book, any spell slot you expend to cast a cleric or paladin ...
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Determining artifact treasure value

Major and minor artifacts are listed in several D&D books, but how does one determine their worth? Obviously they are worth something to an adventurer much like a magical location; magical ...
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Would an artifact that enhanced proficiency be too over-powered?

I am the DM of 5e, and during my campaigns I try to allow characters to get an artifact — a legendary magical item — as a sort of personal side quest to build their character. This is something that ...
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If an artifact does not expressly limit spells like enlarge/reduce or levitate, are there any limits?

Caution: Minor spoiler ahead, Out of the Abyss, hard cover. The question is whether any level magic spell will act per usual on an artifact possessing very high-level magic, which is featured in a ...
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Can a bag of holding be used to dispose of evil artifacts?

According to the description of Bag Of Holding If a bag of holding is overloaded, or if sharp objects pierce it (from inside or outside), the bag immediately ruptures and is ruined, and all ...
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How to avoid imbalance when introducing a necessary but powerful item with this scenario on inter planer travel. (A followup question) [closed]

In my previous question I asked about the legitimacy of creating an interplanar portal that would return PCs to the wrong place or time. Can I have an interplanar portal return someone to the wrong ...
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Does Merthuvial's BAB deduction apply before or after Divine Power sets BAB to level?

I'm using the legacy weapon Merthuvial (Barrow of the Forgotten Kings, pgs. 19-21) which requires, in part, one to pay a personal cost in the form of loss to BAB (Weapons of Legacy, p. 9). However I'...
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Warlock Pact weapon on Sentient or Artifact Magic weapon

I have read this part about Warlocks You can transform one magic weapon into your pact weapon by performing a special ritual while you hold the weapon. You perform the ritual over the course of I ...
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Is there a way to temporarily create a copy of a character having the same powers as the original?

I am looking for a way to make my players use their abilities more creatively and efficiently. I thought that, if they faced copies of themselves who rely on their current abilities would make them ...
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What counts as Dwarvish stonework? [closed]

From Spell save DC on a wish spell cast from a magic item, I realized that if I try to sleight of hand then teleport I can get away with an artifact. If this first sleight of hand fails though I plan ...
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What's the Head of Vecna and why is it important?

I'm vaguely familiar with the RPG anecdote the Head of Vecna. Is there more to this tale? Why is this story important to RPG culture? Note: In Comments on this question (now deleted but available on ...
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The many artifacts of Vecna

I stumbled across the wikipedia entry for Vecna and this section, after going trough a long list of body parts which seams to be all artifacts on their own, says These artifacts are collectively ...
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How can I use my Hammer of Thunderbolts without a penalty?

The Hammer of Thunderbolts is described as a +3 Large returning warhammer according to the PRD. I am a human barbarian and after a horrendous quest line our party was rewarded with a few things. One ...
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Is this homebrewed artifact balanced/functional? [closed]

For the campaign I'm running, one of the players had a fairly detailed request for an artifact weapon. I think I did an alright job but I'm too close to the situation to see things objectively and ...
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Are there any rules for PCs to create intelligent items?

Intelligent Items [SRD] & DMG 3.5 mention: "In general, less than 1% of magic items have intelligence." Like artifacts, intelligent items are never encountered as random treasure [d%] AFAIK. ...
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Why do artifacts exist in the DM's Guide if you can't get them easily?

There are a number of artifacts in the DM's Guide and they are awesome. The thing is that it doesn't seem very plausible to get these items. If they aren't obtainable, why are they in the Guide? If ...
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