Runebranded Hide

Armor (hide armor), rare (+1), very rare (+2), or legendary (+3) (requires attunement)

The hides of exceptionally old, exceptionally powerful runebranded aurochs can be used to craft a suit of powerful magic armor, and on extremely rare occasions, a hide capable of functioning as a suit of armor can be found where an incredible runebranded aurochs died, or in an runebranded aurochs graveyard with numerous bodies.

The matted, shaggy fur of this hide armor belies its expert make and the powers of its runic brands, each of which provide protection that can be transformed into a temporary static charge. You can use a bonus action to activate the runebranded hide’s runes, which glow intensely, then fade as the light transfers from the armor into your hands. For the next minute, your weapon attacks deal extra lightning damage equal to 1d6 per point of the armor’s bonus (for example, +2d6 lightning damage for +2 runebranded hide). During this minute, the runebranded hide doesn’t grant you its usual bonus to AC. Once you have activated the runebranded hide’s runes, you can’t do so again for 24 hours.

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