Lightning Rod

Magic Item – Uncommon, Dwarven-Made

This small, seven-inch long metal rod is designed to be held in the hand, and is smooth yet unpolished, with the emblem of a lightning bolt imprinted at the top of one side.

Use/Details

Lightning Rod

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Self (100-foot line)
Duration: Instantaneous

A stroke of lightning forming a line 100 feet long and 5 feet wide blasts from the end of the rod in a direction you choose. Each creature in the line must make a Dexterity saving throw. A creature takes 4d6 lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much on a successful one.

The lightning ignites flammable objects in the area that aren’t being worn or carried.

If the bolt passes within fifteen feet of an exposed Vol-Stone (not a Volatile Stone), the bolt will automatically redirect into the exposed stone, and cause it to combust, despite the target of the initial blast.

History

When Dwarven smiths anciently began to mine through the Nhalam Mountains, they needed a method of carving through solid rock more quickly than traditional pickaxes. After some alchemical tinkering, the Melkuldor smith Runad developed the original Volatile Stone, designed to create a magical combustion.

With the sensitive nature of the creation, despite its explosive power and effectiveness, multiple mining crews were lost die to premature detonation as the Volatile Stone was put into use, especially because Nhalam mining is notoriously unpredictable.

Owing to his brother’s death deep in the dwarven mines, a recluse dwarven wizard living near the city of Nhalam, named Nassec, developed an improved version of the Volatile Stone. This improved “Vol-Stone” could only be activated by an electrical charges – rather uncommon deep in the Nhalams.

All that remained was an activation mechanism, necessary because electrical magic was rare among the dwarves. Nassec developed a small rod with a weak rune imprint, which could be readily reproduced even by those without magical attunement.

He then began to sell these runes, and the new Vol-Stones, to the dwarven mining community, and developed a very profitable business from the manufacture of Lightning Rods and Vol-Stones, which was passed down through his family for generations. The Nassec Mining Corproration is named after the original founder.

Lightning Rod

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