On The Magic Weapon: A Table part II

Magical Effects and Weirdness:
Roll a d20. On a result of 10+, roll on the table below.

01-29) Weapon Glows (See color table)
30-34) Weapon glows (See color table) when a certain monster is nearby
35-39) Weapon Drips (See substance table)
40-44) When Swung the Weapon leaves Tracers (See Color table)
45-49) Sword is surrounded by (See surrounded by table)
50-54) Blade is Colored Force (See color table)
55-59) Sounds (See sounds table) Occur when Blade Strikes
60-64) A Visual Display (See visual display table) Occurs when Blade Strikes
65-69) Strike against target leaves marks (See Marks Table) around wounds
70-75) Blade Exudes an exotic but pungent scent (See Odors Table)
76-78) Blade of weapon is invisible (All the time, during daylight, during darkness, above ground, underground)
79) Weapon Hums
80) Weapon Vibrates
81) Weapon Whistles
82) Weapon Chuckles
83) Weapon whispers secrets
84) Runes Appear on Sword
85) Runes Appear in Air near sword
86) Shines
87) Always polished
88) Always bloody
89) Blade swivels
90) Liquid in Blade
91) Blade Drinks in Blood
92) Blade is Like a Liquid Conforming to a Solid Shape
93) Weapon is Translucent 
94) Blade is Made of Metal Scales that Sometimes Pulse Open
95) Weapon causes those nearby to feel an emotion.
96) Weapon flutters in the breeze like a silk ribbon
97) Weapon sprouts spikes transitory and intermittently.
98) Weapon is weightless
99) Roll Twice
100) Roll 3 Times

Drips Color
  1. Ichor
  2. Sap
  3. Blood
  4. Tears
  5. Fire
  6. Poison
  7. Water
  8. Wax
  1. White
  2. Gold
  3. Silver
  4. Green
  5. Blue
  6. Red
  7. Purple
  8. Rose
Surrounded By Sounds
  1. Motes
  2. Dust
  3. Wind
  4. Steam
  5. Smoke
  6. Leaves
  1. Shriek
  2. Thunder
  3. Laughter
  4. Single Note
  5. Humm
  6. Animal Roar or Growl
Visual Display Marks Table
  1. Sparks
  2. Stars
  3. Light Burst
  4. Fire
  5. Electricity
  6. Cold
  1. Frozen Flesh
  2. Charred Flesh
  3. Golden (or any metallic) Flesh
  4. Rotted Flesh
  1. Musky- perfumes/aftershave
  2. Putrid- rotten eggs
  3. Pungent- vinegar
  4. Camphoraceous- mothballs
  5. Ethereal- dry cleaning fluid
  6. Floral- roses
  7. Pepperminty- mint gum

Of course you may roll on all, some or none of these tables and just pick. Randomizes have been provided to complete generate a random weapon or just get an idea and use it as a creative tool.


  1. Ooh, I like the "surrounded by leaves" option.

    One failing I often see is the lack of naturey magical items and related effects except in the context of adventures centered around druids, like they're ghettoized or something.

  2. Some of these feel very videogamey to me, but I like the idea of a sword that hums or chimes in the air and the scales/spikes thing is very cool, like it's an animal that's just clinging onto the hilt.

  3. I like the immense variety here -- it allows for a lot of picking and choosing (or re-rolling) as befits the setting.

  4. That’s a great chart. It can really make some distinctive weapons. I don't mind how it can seem a little videogamey, as a lot of the fairy tale descriptions of things can be even more over the top.


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