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Beyond Damage Dice: Southlands Weapons

Beyond Damage Dice: Southlands Weapons

Eugène Delacroix: Lejonjakt.NM 6350

A weapon is more than the damage it deals. In combat, skilled warriors use their weapons to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage their enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice ties unique maneuvers to weapons from both the core rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting, giving them a distinct impact on the battlefield.

The following maneuvers can be used by any character as long as they are wielding and proficient with the appropriate weapon. If a maneuver requires a creature to make a saving throw, the DC is equal to 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Strength or Dexterity modifier (your choice). Unless specified, these maneuvers do not deal normal weapon damage.



Name Cost Damage Weight Properties
Simple Melee Weapons        
Nurian Hook 6 gp 1d6 piercing 6 lb. Finesse, Light
Martial Melee Weapons        
Dikama 10 gp 1d4 slashing 3 lb. Light
Scorpion Stiletto 800 gp 1d4 piercing 1 lb. Finesse, Light, Special


Dikama (Fang Blade)

First crafted by the bronzesmiths of the Lion Kingdom of Omphaya, the wicked dikama fang blade is shaped like a serrated, oversized lion’s tooth.

Bloody Wound. When you hit a living creature with a dikama, you can choose to make a superficial but bloody wound. The attack deals no damage, but the target takes 1d6 slashing damage at the beginning of each of its turns until it or another creature makes a DC 10 Wisdom (Medicine) check as an action to stop the bleeding or until it receives magical healing.

Serrated Twist. When you deal damage to a living creature with a dikama (not including damage from the Bloody Wound maneuver), you may twist the serrated blade as a bonus action. The creature must make a Constitution saving throw or take 2d4 slashing damage.

Nurian Hook

A Nurian hook is a one-foot square shaft that ends in a bronze hook with an arrow‑shaped point at the pommel. Embalmers and butchers use it to hang up corpses.

Disarming Parry. When a creature attacks you with a weapon, you may use your reaction to catch their weapon in your hook and disarm them. Make an attack roll with your Nurian hook. If the result of this roll equals or exceeds their attack roll, their attack misses and they must succeed on a Strength saving throw or drop their weapon.

Trip. As an attack while you are wielding a Nurian hook, you may catch your opponent’s leg in an attempt to trip them. Make an attack roll against a Medium or smaller creature. If the attack hits, it must succeed on a Strength saving throw or fall prone.

Scorpion Stiletto

Politics in the Mharoti Empire are a battlefield, and not all wars there are won with words. The scorpion stiletto appears as an ornate, ceremonial knife, but its beauty distracts from the deadly poison secreted within—the venom of the Mharoti emerald scorpion. Though this knife originated in the Dragon Empire, it is now wielded by assassins and cutthroat politicians throughout Midgard and the Southlands.

Concealed Blade. Instead of making a Dexterity (Stealth) check to hide yourself, you may make a Dexterity (Sleight of Hand) check—contested by an active or passive Wisdom (Perception) check—to conceal your stiletto. As an action, you may make a weapon attack with a concealed dagger against a creature that has not yet acted in combat. This attack has advantage.

Release Venom. A vial of venom can be loaded into the handle of this stiletto. As a bonus action, you can press the jewel on the dagger’s pommel to release the venom into a groove on the blade.

Any type of injury poison can be loaded into the stiletto’s hidden chamber, but the most common is emerald scorpion venom.

Emerald Scorpion Venom (Injury). A creature subjected to this poison must make a DC 16 Constitution saving throw at the beginning of each of its turns, taking 24 (7d6) poison damage on a failed saving throw, or half as much on a successful one. This poison lasts until the target succeeds on three saving throws or is magically cured.

For more options for player characters, check out Midgard Heroes.



1 thought on “Beyond Damage Dice: Southlands Weapons”

  1. I have to admit that when the description said “one-foot square shaft” I thought it meant that it was a handle a flat one foot squared piece of metal with a hook coming off the end. Like a big ol spatula with a hook attatched.

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