- CITYSCAPE (3.5)
Caster Level: 7th
Aura: Moderate; (DC 13) divination
Activation: — and Wielded
Description: The striking surface of this weapon is jet black. Although it shows little sign of use, you cannot help but picture it covered in freshly spilled blood.
An assassination weapon deals an extra 1d6 points of damage against a foe who is flat-footed or otherwise denied a Dexterity bonus to AC, or who is flanked. If the wielder deals sneak attack damage from other sources, such as levels in the rogue class, the extra damage stacks. In addition, the weapon seems to eagerly drink in poison. The wielder never risks poisoning herself when applying poison to an assassination weapon, and the save DC of any poison applied to the weapon increases by an amount equal to the weapon’s enhancement bonus. (Thus, a +1 assassination dagger increases the DC of any applied poison by 1, while a +3 assassination dagger increases the DC by 3).
Construction: Craft Magic Arms and Armor, true strike, sneak attack +2d6.
Editor: If you like sneak attacks, this is awesome. Not only does it do extra damage, but you never have to worry about poisoning yourself when you try to apply it to your blade. You just negated half the reason for ever taking a level in the Assassin PrC. And the bonus of the weapon adds to the poison’s DC? Oh heaven. If you ever plan on using poison, this is a must have for your weapon. I should note that it doesn’t say Melee Weapons Only, but it doesn’t say that ranged weapons apply the effect to ammunition, either. So, alas, you cannot buy it in a projective weapon, but you should be able to buy it for ammunition. Sure, it’s not reusable, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to dip an arrow into a vial of couatl poison without killing yourself. Do note, it’s the weapon’s enhancement that raises the DC. The ammunition’s enhancement bonus stacks with the projectile weapon’s enhancement bonus, so you could, in theory, raise the DC of your poison by +10. DC 26 fortitude saves are a BITCH. Run that by your DM before you try it, however. He might use only the ammo’s bonus, or the weapon’s bonus, but not both. It’s up for interpretation.
Now then, player came up with something so bizzare I needed to clairify.
If I have an empty assassination dagger, can I stir my wine with it and pull out any poison in it?
Also, since alcohol is technically a poison, will it remove the alcohol, and thus get a target drunk when you stab them?