Price 11,500 gp; Aura faint necromancy; CL 1st; Slot Wrists; Weight 2 lbs.
This sleek bracer is made of a dull black metal and is thin enough to be easily and comfortable worn under clothing. Its entire surface is carved with faintly visible necromantic runes.
A living creature who wears this vambrace can activate it as a swift action, causing them to be affected by inflict light wounds. The creature wearing the vambrace can choose to forgo the Will saving throw to halve the damage if they wish. At the beginning of each of the wearer’s turns, until the vambrace is deactivated using another swift action, the wearer is affected by inflict light wounds. If the wearer is helpless or willing, another creature can activate or deactivate the bracers as a full-round action. The damage dealt by this item cannot be prevented, and it does not affect undead creatures or creatures who would normally be healed by negative energy.
The vambrace of pain was originally designed by a cleric who wished to explore positive-energy aligned planes without the risk of dying from overexposure to positive energy, but the design has since been used for more nefarious purposes. Many magi have discovered a more niche use for this intriguing item, allowing them to take continuous magical damage to fuel their arcane potential.
Legendary Magus, © 2018, Legendary Games. Authors: Dave Nelson and Hal Kennette.