New Materials: Obsidian

In my last post I complained about the vast number of new weapons and armor that have been added to the Pathfinder SRD saying that most of them are redundant and don’t add much if anything to the game. Last night I had a discussion after finishing the Carrion Hill Horror about special materials and how they could be used to greater effect and how adding new crafting materials could create more interesting weapons and armor from the current stock rather than adding a bunch of largely redundant pieces. To this end I bring you Obsidian.

Obsidian
This dark volcanic glass can be carefully worked to produce blades sharper than any metal. Weapons made from obsidian have their critical threat range increased by 1, this bonus is added but does not get doubled when a weapon is made keen or if the wielder has the improved critical feat. Weapons made from obsidian have one third fewer hit points and half the hardness of a weapon made of steel. Due to its brittle nature the DC for craft checks when working with obsidian are increased by 2 and obsidian weapons are always considered to be of masterwork quality.

In case the threat range thing was not clear enough in the description above an obsidian longsword would have a critical threat range of 18-20 (add one) while a keen longsword would have a critical threat range of 17-20 (double), and a keen obsidian longsword would have a critical threat range of 16-20 (double and then add one). I still have not figured out a price or how it would interact with damage reduction yet, or if it can be used to make armor and if so what the benefit would be. As always discussion is encouraged.

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~ by katallos on June 12, 2010.

One Response to “New Materials: Obsidian”

  1. I don’t want to say too much here, since I’m a contributor but I’ve come to feel that the site is wracked with other problems as well despite the very best of intentions.

    Obsidian would also be useful in a Darksun campaign using Pathfinder. 🙂

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