Equipment Guide II
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This incredibly versatile
and inspired weapon functions as both a bow and a Musical
instrument. It consists of a bow shaft with four strings, each of which
can be sounded or used to fire an arrow separately. When no arrows are used,
a harpbow works as a perfectly acceptable (if not masterwork) four-string harp,
counting as a musical string instrument for all purposes. When used to fire
arrows, the harpbow allows a competent archer to fire an incredible amount of
arrows each round. A harpbow is as light and manoeuvrable as a shortbow,
though the strength and versatility of its strings allow it to be fired with
the strength, range and precision of a composite
Harpbows were created by
the elven ranger Alecto
when he was attacked by a furious, hungry dire tiger. At the moment, Alecto
was carrying no weapons except for his favourite bow, from which he never separated.
Daring not to engage a dire tiger with his bare hands, Alecto opted to run back
so as to shoot the beast from a safe distance; at this moment he realised he
had run out of arrows. Faced with such dire straits, unarmed and about to be
eaten by a dire tiger, Alecto resorted to desperate measures as the monster
slowly closed in for the kill, he pulled out his arrowless bow and started twanging
it. It was then that Alecto discovered three things.
The first was that music
indeed does soothe a wild beast, when properly played; the second was the harpbow,
which he designed and built a few days later; the third was his long repressed
bardic vocation, to which he has devoted himself ever since. Armed with an enchanted
harpbow, there are very few beasts that can resist Alectos talent, whether
for archery or music.
A character wielding a
harpbow may choose which of the four strings to use each round; he cannot fire
more arrows than allowed by his base attack bonus. There are two exceptions
to this rule:
If the wielder of
a harpbow has the Manyshot feat, he may always
fire four arrows per round at only a 4 penalty, regardless of his base
Every time a harpbow is
twanged, its strings sound as those of a harp; this makes it impossible to fire
a harpbow silently.
As a free action, a bard
wielding a harpbow may use one of his bardic music abilities, or maintain a
bardic music effect requiring Concentration,
at the same time he makes an attack with a harpbow. The ability used still counts
towards the characters daily limit of bardic music uses. The bard is still
limited to one use of bardic music per round.
A character with five or
more ranks in Perform (string instruments)
gains a +1 synergy bonus on attack rolls made with a harpbow. A masterwork harpbow
grants the wielder a +2 bonus on all Perform
(string instruments) checks in addition to the usual +1 bonus on attack rolls.
A harpbow can never be
made with a Strength rating as a composite bow can.
Notes: To gain the
Exotic Weapon Proficiency
(harpbow) feat, a character must have at least one rank in Perform
(Musical instruments) as an additional
prerequisite; otherwise, he cannot select to be proficient with a harpbow.
Exotic Weapon; 500 gp; Dmg 1d6(S)/1d8(M); Critical x3; Range 110 ft.; 2 lb.;
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