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Ancestral Weapons

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Ancestral Weapons contains rules for scaling heirloom weapons and quick-building magic weapons.

A noble blade wielded in the blood wars, an axe used to protect the great city of Mirabar from orc invasions, or a powerful staff passed down by great sorcerers through the aeons. Ancestral Weapons are iconic within roleplaying. These weapons embody a character’s family, story, and history.

Ancestral Weapons are powerful heirlooms gifted through the generations that scale up in power as your adventurers perform heroic deeds. As these weapons grow, they unlock new and more powerful upgrades such as inflicting damage caused by the elemental energy trapped inside, causing a foe to flee in fear when struck, or allowing you to deflect even the fiercest of blows. 

Due to the Spirit Point mechanic used within this system, you can also quickly develop new and thematic magic items to hand out to your players. Players can also use this system to let their heroes forge balanced and fun magic items with the included crafting rules.

Inside the pages of this supplement you will find:

  • Rules for using scaling Ancestral Weapons in D&D 5e

  • Over 130 weapon upgrades, to make your weapon as unique as your character

  • Rules to quick-build magic items for your campaign

  • The Spirit Point Crafting System allowing players to forge unique and thematically appropriate weapons

  • Tables to randomly generate thematic ancestral traits and epic weapon history

  • 4 example Ancestral Weapons, developed by our playtesters, each with 4 iterations used in their campaigns

  • 4 example non-ancestral weapons, built using the spirit point system

The product is supplemented by fantastic artwork, with an evocative cover by Fernando Gregory Milan, and heroic chapter art by Kostic Dusan.

Ancestral Weapons carry the weight of expectation, physical reminders of generations of epic feats. Can your hero carry the weapon in its next grand chapter?

Ancestral Weapons Cover  Ancestal Weapons Contents  Ancestral Weapons Chapter 1  

Ancestal Weapons Page 10 upgrades  Ancestal Weapons Chapter 3  Ancestral Weapons Chapter 5  

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Liam M November 10, 2022 7:18 am UTC
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I really like this resource and the concept behind it. My only slight gripe is that I think the ‘ancestral’ requirement is too restrictive. Why should the knight paladin get access to an ancestral weapon but the urchin rogue not?

They way I have gotten around this is to allow characters to use this system to build their own legendary weapons. After using a weapon to defeat a land the killing blow on a boss monster/npc they may then name the weapon, and begin collecting spirit points to upgrade it.

This way the weapon grows with them as a character and reaches legendary status/and power around the time the characters start to become famous in the campaign setting themselves.

I also encourage them to come up with their own upgrades and features based on their battles which we then balance and assign spirit point values to. For example, a character who used their weapon to slay a phase spider queen wanted to the sword’s blade to be slightly out of phase with this reality....See more
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Marcus D November 05, 2022 10:42 am UTC
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any chance someone could tell me what the difference is between Indomitable (Level 1) and Indomitable (Level 2) other than cost? They appear to be the same ability with a 2 Spirit Point cost disparity..
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Andrei P November 18, 2022 7:19 pm UTC
Making an attack and taking the Attack action are slightly different. Taking the Attack action can potentially mean multiple attacks, depending on the level of the character. The barbarian or fighter for example start taking two attacks as part of the Attack action at lvl 5.
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Harry L October 28, 2022 8:53 pm UTC
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Hello. Love the PDF definitely my favourite magic weapon making tool. I would love to know if you're planing on doing a PDF for Magic Armour or other Misc. magical items?
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William S September 22, 2022 11:52 pm UTC
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I bought this PDF and it's full of great and creative ways to have a weapon progress with the character, which I personally love! However it's quite hard for me to explain stuff to my DM or my players whenever questions are asked about it, are you allowed to share this PDF with your party through google docs upon purchase? I'd love to be sure as I don't want to hurt sales of the product as I really love it! If it was a physical product it was of course no problem to just lend your book out, but as a PDF it's a little different. Only making sure!
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Christopher P September 10, 2022 10:50 pm UTC
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So I bought this book and it charged my bank account twice saying San Jose drive through and I never got the book wrf I'm rather upset like if your gonna steal extra at least give me what I bought
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Patrick B September 10, 2022 11:21 pm UTC
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I think it’s a dmsguild’s buying system problem. The author has nothing to do with this. Contac dmsguild and explain your issue. They will surely refound you.
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Patrick B September 10, 2022 11:22 pm UTC
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I think it’s a dmsguild’s buying system problem. The author has nothing to do with this. Contac dmsguild and explain your issue. They will surely refound you.
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Philipp L July 22, 2022 10:37 am UTC
Hi, are there any chances, I can get this in german and since I'm new on this page: If I purchase smth, will I only get a PDF or will I receive a printed version?
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Philip N July 20, 2022 8:05 am UTC
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I really enjoy the concept of customizable ancestral weapons that grow and scale with the players, which adds mechanics to the flavor that I've had players want to implement in the past. I'm writing a long-term 5e campaign right now and planning to allow my new group access to this material, and I think it'll be a lot of fun.

One small issue/typo I found while reading through the upgrades and examples in Chapter 2 was the twin-headed greataxe example "Fire & Ice", which states it has "Elemental Attunement (Fire), Overpowered (Ice), and Spell Storing (Level 1 - Absorb Elements)".
However, the first two of these upgrades don't exist in the list of upgrades available. I'm not sure if they were replaced with new names and the description on the greataxe is wrong, or if the upgrades are simply missing from the chapter. Would love to see this fixed!
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Charles D June 30, 2022 5:25 pm UTC
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My download keeps saying failed source file not found?
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Alois B June 27, 2022 6:07 pm UTC
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A couple of questions:

What does "limited" mean? The only thing I can find in the PDF about it just says it requires attunement. But the "Duelist" (+1 to AC) and the "Flying" (fly speed equal to your walking speed) both have the "limited" tag... is that a certain number of uses per day? Or is that forever? Does the AC bonus stack? Could I have infinite AC for the low, low cost of 3 spirit points?
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Billy C July 13, 2022 1:03 am UTC
You can only have so many limits stacking.
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Jeff S June 13, 2022 1:35 am UTC
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Love the book and would get a POD copy, but any chance of the spelling and grammar mistakes getting fixed first?
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Couri H June 07, 2022 1:39 am UTC
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So this looks really cool and I am excited to implement it, but there are some inconsistencies when looking at features versus examples. The Infusion level 1 property says it adds a d6, but in the magic item quickbuild section has a weapon example with infusion that only adds a d4. Also, if you look at spells in 5e, psychic damage tends to have a degree of dice lower damage than equivalent spells of different damage types, because very few creatures have resistance to it, and is therefore is a little more valuable, so it should be worth more to have a weapon infusion that adds a d6 psychic then one of fire, for instance. Also, the first of your playtester weapon examples does not have updated properties in its leveled versions, regarding the +2 to attack and damage enhancement property in the lvl 2 version and the lvl 2 and 3 smite properties.
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Francious D May 08, 2022 8:38 pm UTC
What are the chances of this being released as a foundryVTT module in the near future?
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Daniel R February 06, 2022 12:25 am UTC
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Any chance of getting this in POD?
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Evan N October 17, 2021 6:07 pm UTC
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As comments mention below there's a few redundancies and missing rules text.

My only complaint is that there are not really caster options. You have Magus, but nothing grants to spell saves as in-game items do. Even caster-centric options are still martial-focused. Would like to see a post-Tasha's update with wording fixes and a potential supplement focused for casters.
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Brent D September 17, 2021 5:41 pm UTC
My DM is using this and we're finding it very useful. So far there are 2 weapons in the campaign designed from this, and they have been cool additions. I also have some questions about a couple of the upgrades:
1) Duelist - Does the AC bonus apply against the triggering attack? What is the duration of the AC bonus?
2) Doomerang - What is the range for the thrown weapon?
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Stephen W May 31, 2021 10:02 pm UTC
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I was surprised there wasn't a returning effect. Throw dagger/ax/whatever and it comes back to your hand.
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Dert S October 30, 2021 12:19 am UTC
really?
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Dungeon R October 30, 2021 6:56 am UTC
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There is one, Doomerang!
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Stephen W March 04, 2022 1:37 am UTC
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Doh! I missed it!
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