Rod of Torment

Rod, very rare (requires attunement)

This collapsible metallic rod can extend its handle up to 3 feet long or collapse it into a short 6-inch grip, while the opposite end holds a long needle that can likewise be extended or retracted. The middle portion of this metallic rod reveals a glass cylinder placed within its core. A frightful green vapor swirls inside the hissing tube, and a misty eye occasionally peeps through the cracks while a thick needle hangs from the rod’s lower extremity. The rod of torment inflicts suffering and implants vile thoughts in its victims, causing their own minds to turn against their bodies—a ghastly sight to all but the most sadistic of beings. A rod of torment can be wielded as a +1 light mace (with the handle extended and the needle retracted) or a +1 dagger (with the handle retracted and the needle extended). In either form, it deals an extra 1d6 psychic damage on each hit, or 2d6 psychic damage on a critical hit. In addition, on any hit in dagger form, you can inject the nefarious vapors into the target’s body, provoking visions of death and mutilation that are reflected physically in the victim’s flesh. The affected creature becomes poisoned unless it succeeds on a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw and gains 3 levels of exhaustion unless it succeeds on a DC 16 Constitution saving throw.

These effects last for 1d4+1 rounds on a failed saving throw If a creature fails both saving throws, use the same duration for both effects. If the target has fewer than 100 hit points when these effects end, it is reduced to 0 hit points and falls unconscious unless it succeeds at a DC 18 Constitution saving throw.

While the corrupting essence within a rod of torment recharges itself after one week but an attuned creature with at least one epic feat or divine blessing can recharge it after a long rest.

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