Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Darkhold for D&D 5th Edition

Chthon, a mysterious tiefling who was the world's first practitioner of black magic, was the principal author of the Darkhold. Being academic, Chthon wrote all his collected knowledge of magic into the iron-bound scrolls which served to protect it even during the Dawn War.

Wondrous Item, Legendary

Random Properties
The Darkhold has the following random properties:

• 4 minor beneficial properties
• 3 major beneficial properties
• 3 minor detrimental properties
• 5 major detrimental properties

Adjusted Ability Scores
After reading the Darkhold for 40 hours you may increase your Charisma, Intelligence, or Wisdom by 2 to a maximum of 24. Additionally, you gain the Magic Initiated feat based on the ability score you chose to increase.

Your Greatest Desire
Once you have increased one of your Ability scores the Darkhold will offer the means to your greatest desire by allowing you to cast the Wish spell. Once cast there is a 66% chance you may never cast the spell again and you gain a random long-term madness from the Dungeon Master's Guide.

Turn Undead
As an action you may present the book and speak the Montessi Formula, censuring nearby undead.

Each undead that can see or hear you within 30 feet of you must make a Wisdom saving throw, vampires have disadvantage on this roll. If the creature fails its saving throw, it is turned for 1 minute or until it takes any damage.

A turned creature must spend its turns trying to move as far away from you as it can, and it can’t willingly move to a space within 30 feet of you. It also can’t take reactions. For its action, it can use only the Dash action or try to escape from an effect that prevents it from moving. If there’s nowhere to move, the creature can use the Dodge action.

Book of Shadows
You can reference the Darkhold whenever you make an Intelligence check to recall information about some aspect of celestials, deities, fiends, magic, otherwordly patrons, and undead. When you do so, gain advantage on that check.

Destroying the Book
If the Darkhold is destroyed in any way, it reappears in 3d10 days in a random library, personal or otherwise, in the world.

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