Shield of the Phoenix Knight (5e Equipment)

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Armor (Shield), artifact (requires attunement by a creature of the Good alignment)

Long ago, there was a soldier who was born with some of the inherent magic of the Elemental Plane of Fire. He learned how to channel his magic into his fighting style, and soon he became the most powerful soldier in the land. It was then he realized that living as part of an army was not what he was destined to do, so he abandoned the army and set off on his own path. He would travel to distant lands to overthrow tyrranical empires and institute democracy, leaving the bodies of his enemies as ash.

As part of his quest to overthrow tyrrany, he eventualy traveled to the Elemental Plane of Fire. There, he met a very powerful deity known only as the Phoenix. The Phoenix took the form of a giant bird made of flames, and told him that he was chosen to be something more than he was currently. Something that will span generations, continuing his work for eras to come. The Phoenix gave him a shield imbued with the powers of the element of fire, and told him to never let it leave his grasp. He never did.

When he returned to the Material Plane, he evolved from just a freelance solider to the Phoenix Knight. His name would strike fear into the hearts of empires, and his flaming shield became his symbol. He continued his work for over a century before passing away of old age. However, the shield didn't just protect him from harm- it protected him from death. As he died, his soul passed on to a new body, a new form. He lost all of his memories, but kept all of his powers. Now, every generation there is a new Phoenix Knight, who is blessed with the powers of elemental fire, finds the Shield, and continues the work that the original Phoenix Knight set out to accomplish.

This rounded shield is made of blood-red steel with a golden frame around it. In the center of the shield, there is an image of a phoenix emblazoned on it. While wielding this shield, you gain a +1 bonus to AC.
Random Properties. The Shield of the Phoenix Knight has the following random properties:

  • 2 minor beneficial properties
  • 1 major beneficial property
  • 1 minor detrimental property
  • 1 major detrimental property

Soul of the Warrior. While you are attuned to this magic item, your Strength and Charisma scores all increase to 19, if they are not already 19 or higher. In addition, you gain resistance to fire damage.

Burning Shield. While you are attuned to this magic item, you can cast the cantrip fire bolt at will, as if you were an 11th-level caster. You use your Charisma modifier for your spellcasting ability modifier for this spell. In addition, you may make a Bash attack with the shield. Make a melee weapon attack using your Strength modifier + your proficiency bonus to hit. On a hit, it deals 1d6 + your Strength modifier bludgeoning damage, and an additional 2d6 fire damage. In addition, the target must make a Constitution saving throw (DC 10 + your Strength modifier) or be stunned until the end of their next turn.

Flames of Life and Death. As an action while you are attuned to this magic item, you can summon a wall of fire to erupt in a 20-foot radius from you. Every hostile creature in this area must make a Dexterity saving throw (DC 8 + your Charisma modifier + your proficiency bonus) or take 6d6 fire damage. Your allies in this radius regain 3d6 hitpoints instead of taking fire damage. The shield can do this once, and it regains the ability to do so at dawn of the next day.

Rebirth. When the creature attuned to the Shield of the Phoenix Knight dies, the Shield of the Phoenix Knight automatically casts resurrection on them. In addition, the creature attuned to the Shield of the Phoenix Knight may use an action to cast resurrection on a creature they touch. However, the creature attuned to the Shield suffers all the negative effects of the Resurrection spell instead of the creature they touch. Once either one of these properties are used, this feature can't be used again until 30 days pass.

Connection to the Phoenix Knight. If the Phoenix Knight ever attunes to this shield, then they gain the following additional properties:

  • Their Strength and Charisma scores increase to 23, instead of 19.
  • They may cast the spells burning hands, chromatic orb (fire damage only), and scorching ray at will.
  • They may cast Plane Shift using the shield, but only to the Material Plane or the Elemental Plane of Fire. The shield may do this once, and it regains the ability to do so at dawn of the next day.
  • The Shield of the Phoenix Knight can use the Rebirth feature once per 7 days instead of 30.

Destroying the Shield of the Phoenix Knight. Bathing it in the pools of the Elemental Plane of Water has a 50% chance of rendering it a nonmagical shield fo 10 years. The only way for this magic item to be truly destroyed, however, is to have the Phoenix wish that the shield does not exist.

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