The story of the Dragon Bow of Tusk begins with an elven mage named Illindiar born in the 72nd century MR in what was then the elven province of Meridian. Illindiar was a battlemage who both the First and Second Tusk Wars and suffered horrible losses each time. In the first war his young family was overcome and slaughtered at the hands of Tusk’s minions. After the war, as a refuge in Meithannon Illindiar spent centuries greiving and turned aside the companionship of his fellow elves to pursue his craft with unrelenting devotion in order to one day slay Tusk and reclaim his ancient home. As stone wears down water the mages heart was won by a young paladin of Correlon Larethian who happened to be named Solace. Together they raised two sons who rose to be mighty warriors in the ranks of the armies of Meithanon. Then the Second Tusk War broke out and Illindiar’s eldest son was in the city of Donlin when it fell. Shortly after the war Illindiar and a few of his most trusted allies launched an expedition to the abyss to retrieve his son that he might be raised. They found much to their dismay that the corpse forever lost. Saddened as they were they did manage not to return entirely empty handed.
In his final battle with Saint Anastal it is said that nearly every bone in the Tusk’s form was shattered irreparably. Illindiar managed however to secure one of the dragon’s intact ribs and brought it back to the mortal world. The rib was soon crafted into a mighty oathbow, unequaled by any other in the known world. Illindiar gave it to his surviving son and charged him with the solemn duty of ridding the world of chromatic dragons.
Basic Statistics: +1 Seeking, Flaming-burst, Dragonbane, Dragoncraft, Mighty (+2) Oathbow of Distance.
|Dragoncraft Mighty Composite Longbow||1d8+1 + 1d6+1 Fire||X3||Piercing & Fire||280 ft||3 lbs|
The bow’s bearer may add their strength bonus to all damage rolls exactly as though the bow were a mighty bow of the appropriate strength modifier for the user.
The Dragonbow of Illindiar has is a mighty weapon in anyone’s hands but becomes even more formidable in the hands of someone who has killed, or helped to kill, an old or older chromatic dragon using the bow. For each such dragon a bearer kills with the bow, the bow gains +2 cumulative enhancement bonus up to a maximum of +5 once the bearer has killed two chromatic dragons. These bonuses last so long as a dragonslayer bears the bow, return if the bow is reacquired after an absence, and are tracked separately for each bearer.
The Dragonbow of Illindiar excels at attacking dragons. Against dragons, its effective enhancement bonus is +2 better than its normal enhancement bonus. Arrows fired by the bow deal an extra 2d6 points of damage against dragons. The dragonbane ability of the bow does not function against metallic dragons.
The bow whispers "Swift defeat to my enemies" in Elven whenever nocked and pulled. Up to three times per day, if the firer swears aloud to slay her target (a free action) the bow’s whisper becomes a loud shout "Swift death to those who have wronged me." Against such a sworn enemy, the bow has a +5 enhancement bonus, deals an additional 2d6 points of damage and is treated as having the Barrage ability. However, the bow is treated as only as a +1 flaming dragonbane weapon against all foes other than the sworn enemy, and the wielder takes a -1 penalty on attack rolls with any weapon other than the oathbow. These bonuses and penalties last for seven days or until the sworn enemy is slain or destroyed by the wielder of the oathbow, whichever comes first.
The oathbow may only have one sworn enemy at a time and no more than three in a given day. Once the wielder swears to slay a target, he cannot make a new oath until he has slain that target or seven days have passed.