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Dire mace
Name: Dire mace
Description: The dire mace is an attempt to combine the versatility of the quarterstaff with the striking power of the mace.


weapon properties
weight (lb) 20
cost (gp) 40
damage 1d8/1d8
criticals x2
damage type bludgeoning
size large
proficiency exotic


Notes Edit

  • The dire mace is a double-sided weapon. As such, using it is implicitly dual-wielding, with main hand attacks receiving the full strength modifier added to damage while off-hand attacks get half that.

Toolset Edit

Ardulia's Fall Edit

Ardulia the Agile was a man whose speed and skill at knife play made him exceptionally lethal in battle, and he repeatedly proved it by leading raids on settlements along the Sword Coast. He would often challenge the village leader for possession of the town, and with his speed, the duels were always quickly decided in his favor. Ardulia met his match one spring morn however, when he battled the priest Itgan, who wielded this mace. Ardulia seemed to stagger under each blow, slowing his pace to recoup and regain his breath. Without his speed, Ardulia was lost, and fell to the measured attacks of Itgan.

Ebon Dire Mace Edit

Coarse tracings of the orc gods mark these weapons as indelicate, to say the least. They are deeply ridged, viciously effective, and all too common at the forefront of an orc horde. The inclusion of some "blunt magic" makes them debilitating as well as damaging, and a deep muscle bruise from a solid hit can take a fighter to his knees in short measure.

Ironwood Mace +1 Edit

This weapon bears the mark of the dwarf Marrok, Master Blacksmith of Neverwinter's Shining Knight Arms and Armor. He forged it early in 1373 DR, to aid the heroes who sought to free his quarantined city from the virulent grasp of the so-called Wailing Death.

  • Base item weight reduction: 60%
  • Enhancement bonus: +1
  • Required level: 3

Ironwood Mace +3 Edit

This weapon bears the mark of the dwarf Barun, a Master Blacksmith who worked from a makeshift forge in the Uthgardt village of Beorunna's Well. He forged it late in 1373 DR, to aid the war effort against Lady Aribeth the Betrayer, who was then marching against the northern city of Neverwinter and the Lords' Alliance.

  • Base item weight reduction: 60%
  • Enhancement bonus: +3
  • Required level: 10

Ironwood Mace +8 Edit

Legends of this mace being used to crush a dragon’s skull may have been exaggerated by the bard Duss Dorien. According to his "Song of King Ethos", the king was battling a ferocious black dragon and had lost his spear to the dragon’s thick hide. When the king cried out to Torm, a dire mace appeared in his hands, and Ethos brought it down on the dragon’s head with a very satisfying crunch.

  • Base item weight reduction: 60%
  • Enhancement bonus: +8
  • On-hit: wounding (DC=14)
  • Required level: 23

Note: Requires Hordes of the Underdark.

Krotan's Skullcrusher Edit

This mace is permanently bloodstained, a telltale trace of its many years spent bashing heads. The weapon would have been the bane of humanoids throughout its history, but those who wielded it seem to have been purposely left out of historic record.

Stoutcorps Key Edit

The Stoutcorps mercenary company of Rashemen has a faction that specializes in siege work, though terrain problems in the past have caused them to forego traditional castle-breaching equipment. They prefer muscle power over gadgetry, and boast that three of their finest equipped with these "keys" can breach a wall in moments, though it is by no means a subtle affair.

  • Ability bonus: strength (+2)
  • Enhancement bonus: +1
  • Required level: 11
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