This new magic item for Dungeons & Dragons is a living weapon made from a cactus.
Weapon (Mace), rare (requires attunement)
Damage: 1d6+1 bludgeoning
Weight: 4 lbs.
The cactus mace is a living weapon commonly used by the Azikani desert elves. You gain a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. When you hit a creature with AC 14 or less, the creature takes an additional 1d4 piercing damage.
Plant Speech. While attuned to the mace, you can cast Speak with Plants as an action once per day.
Water Source. The head of the mace is a living cactus that can provide 3 gallons of water per day.
Proficiency with a mace allows you to add your proficiency bonus to the attack roll for any attack you make with it.
A short Dungeons & Dragons adventure for Levels 5 – 9
A halfling botanist named Liza Thistledown has gone missing while studying rare plant / animal hybrids in the Caliphare desert. Her colleagues at the Dargas University of Natural Science offer a 500 gp reward for her safe return.
When you find Thistledown’s camp, you discover her notes detailing an unusual creature she has named the Catctus. The camp has been torn apart, and there is no sign of the botanist. Tracks in the sand lead to a cave inhabited by Azikani desert elves.
The Azikani ride Giant Scorpions and have either Tribal Warrior or Scout stats. Although the desert elves are hostile to outsiders, if you win their trust you learn that Liza Thistledown has been living with the Azikani since her camp was attacked by a Young Blue Dragon they call “The Azure Storm”.
If you help the Azikani defeat the dragon, you are welcomed as a member of the tribe and awarded a Cactus Mace. Thistledown wants to stay with the desert elves to continue studying the catctus wild cats, but she will send a signed letter to the university confirming her safety so you may collect your reward.
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