Equipment Guide II
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These vicious, cruel weapons
are specially designed to cause endless hurt to the target, making it very difficult
to remove one from the body of a creature hit by them. They are based on the
design of arrows such as watakusi or barbed arrows. However, merciless arrows
have two lines of double-edged curved blades all along their shafts, not only
at their point. Such blades have no problem penetrating the body of a victim,
but hook on the flesh when pulled out, causing indescribable pain, potentially
killing the victim as it becomes impossible to dislodge the arrow from his body.
A creature hit by merciless
arrows cannot be healed by either normal or magical means until the arrow is
removed from his body. Natural healing is impossible unless the wounded creature
succeeds at a Constitution check
(DC 10 plus the damage dealt by the merciless arrow); otherwise, the wounded
creature cannot rest due to the unbearable pain. Removing a merciless arrow
from a wound deals additional damage to the creature as if the arrow had scored
a critical hit (usually thrice the arrows base damage). If the arrow did
score a critical hit in the first place, removing it causes the same effect
as if the arrow had been used for a coup the grace: additional damage equals
a critical hit dealt by the arrow, plus the creature must succeed at a Fortitude
save (DC 10 plus damage dealt) or die from trauma.
The increased weight of
merciless arrows halves the range increment of the weapon that they are fired
from but they increases its damage as if it was made for a creature one size
category larger. Thus for example a Medium shortbow
has a range increment of 30 feet and a base damage of 1d8 when firing merciless
arrows, while a Medium composite longbow
has a range increment of 55 feet and a base damage of 2d6 when firing merciless
Due to their unusual configuration,
merciless arrows cannot be used in conjunction with the Manyshot
feat. A character that rolls a natural 1 when attacking with merciless arrows
suffers 1d3 points of damage from the arrows curved blades.
Merciless Arrows (10):
50 gp; 4 lb.
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