Excerpts Archive | 8/28/2008
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Excerpts: Battle Standards
Adventurer's Vault

In today’s Adventurer's Vault preview, we present a look at battle standards... plus, a few more choice items for your collection.



A battle standard is a magic flag flown during combat. The zone of mystical energy created by a battle standard grants a benefit to allies or hinders your foes.



A battle standard’s magic allows it to be set into any solid surface that is not difficult terrain, even rocky ground or a stone floor. You and your allies can deploy any number of battle standards at one time, and any number of battle standards can be placed in a square, though the standards do not occupy a square.

While deployed, a battle standard has resist 50 to all damage.

Lvl Name Price (gp)
2 Battle standard of honor 520
3 Battle standard of healing 680
4 Battle standard of might 840
16 Battle standard of the fiery legion 45,000
17 Battle standard of shadow 65,000
18 Battle standard of tactics 85,000
19 Battle standard of the stalwart 105,000
20 Battle standard of the vanguard 125,000


Battle Standard of Honor
Level 2
This blood-red banner weakens the resolve of those who fight against you.
Wondrous Item 520 gp
Power (Encounter Zone): Standard Action. When you plant the battle standard in your space or an adjacent square, it creates a zone of protective energy in a close burst 5. Enemies within the zone that are marked take a –1 penalty to damage rolls against any creature other than the one that marked them.

This effect lasts until the end of the encounter or until the battle standard is removed from the ground. Any character in or adjacent to a battle standard’s square can remove it from the ground as a standard action.


Battle Standard of Tactics
Level 18
This long pennant swirls even in still air as it carries your thoughts to your allies.
Wondrous Item 85,000 gp
Power (Encounter Zone): Standard Action. When you plant the battle standard in your space or an adjacent square, it creates a zone in a close burst 10. You and each ally in the zone gain the ability to communicate telepathically, with no chance of foes hearing your thoughts. You and your allies automatically know each other’s positions even if you cannot see one another, and can target one another with powers even without line of sight.

This effect lasts until the end of the encounter or until the battle standard is removed from the ground. Any character in or adjacent to a battle standard’s square can remove it from the ground as a standard action.

Wondrous Items

Solitaire (Violet)
Level 26
This jagged purple crystal lets you follow up on a successful attack.
Wondrous Item 1,125,000 gp
Power (Encounter): Free Action. Use this power when you score a critical hit on your turn. Gain 1 action point, which you must spend before the end of your turn. This does not count against the normal limit of spending an action point no more than once per encounter.
Special: You cannot use more than one solitaire in an encounter.

Rings

Amethyst Band of Invisible Eyes
Level 19
This band of pristine amethyst is favored by spellcasters seeking indirect targeting capability.
Item Slot: Ring 105,000 gp
Property: Determine line of sight from the square you occupy or any square adjacent to you. Determine cover from the square you occupy as normal.
Power (Daily): Minor Action. Choose a square within 10 squares of you. Determine line of sight from this square until the end of your next turn. If you’ve reached at least one milestone today, you also gain darkvision until the end of your next turn.