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