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Gáe Bulg

Weapon (pike), very rare

Gáe Bulg means “spear of mortal pain” and it lives up to that title. Wielded by one of the greatest Celtic heroes, the demigod Cú Chulainn, Gáe Bulg is a weapon of agonizing death. It was crafted from the skeletal remains of a sea monster known as the Curruid. When a man is impaled by Gáe Bulg, the spearhead expands into thirty barbs and can only be removed from the corpse by cutting away the flesh. This technique and the martial arts necessary to use the spear were taught to Cú Chulainn by the legendary warrior-woman Scáthach.

You have a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon.

Certain Death. Upon landing a critical hit, the barbs of Gáe Bulg expand dealing 10d6 slashing damage in addition to normal critical damage. The barbs then become stuck in the target and Gáe Bulg is irretrievable unless cut out of the target after their death. While the target has Gáe Bulg stuck in them, any Strength checks or saving throws you make to grapple the target have advantage. Additionally, the target bleeds for 1d6 damage at the end of every one of their turns. If the target survives, it would take a skilled surgeon with both luck and powerful healing magic to remove Gáe Bulg without eviscerating their patient.

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