Total Destruction Arrow

This  weapon is equipped with the legendary Arrowhead of Total Destruction. While not from a comic book or piece of published fiction, this arrow is famous on the internet and in AD&D circles. The weapon deserves a page here for sheer infamy even if it has never actually been used in a game. It just goes to show what devious and ingenious little bastards players can be.


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The titular total destruction is the effect that occurs when a portable hole is placed in a bag of holding. From page 264 of The Dungeon Master’s Guide:

If a portable hole is placed within a bag of holding, it opens a gate to the Astral Plane: The hole, the bag, and any creatures within a 10-foot radius are drawn there, destroying the portable hole and bag of holding in the process.

The arrow has a few notable flaws. First, it is extremely expensive.

Portable hole:                               20,000 gp
Type 1 bag of holding:                   2,500 gp
Masterwork construction:              100 gp
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TOTAL =                                         22,600 gp

Then there’s the weight. Even an empty bag of holding weighs at least 15 lbs. Perhaps a very large crossbow would be more in order.

Finally, it technically doesn’t destroy anything–it shifts it into the Astral Plane. For most things this is just nitpicking; shift something into another plane against its will and you may as well consider it destroyed. But this is the world of AD&D where magic seeps into everything and some creatures think nothing of a little trip to the Astral Plane.

Still, for a compact weapon that you don’t need to be a wizard to wield that effectively devastates a 20′ sphere, this little guy can’t be beat.

Just don’t roll a 1.

Data

  • Type: Lethal Arrow
  • Frequency: Very, very rare
  • Effects: Annihilates everything in a twenty foot diameter sphere. No save.
  • Designer: Alex Matulich

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