The Nightmarewood Bow
A dark knight did arrive in the City of New Tanaan from the Plane of Nightmares. His face was shrouded by shadows and I could not from which race he hailed, though he appeared to be of human build his voice had the raspy slur of a goblin. The moment the knight stepped into my shop I noticed the strange bow he carried. After some brief persuading and a declined offer of refreshments, the knight agreed to tell me the origin of the bow.
The bow he said was crafted by his very hands with the assistance of some former companions. The staff is shaped with a planing tool from the wood of the living trees in the forests of the plane of Nightmares. The bow is strung with a string sewn by a skilled tailor from two silks of the giant arachnids of Nightmare and coated with wax for durability. The two cams that were fastened to the ends of the shaft bore the marks of gnomish craftmanship. The knight confirmed that the cams were crafted by a gnomish necromancer ally who is a skilled tinkerer. He used some bolts and gears obtained from the clockworks of the Plane of Innovation and the cams are greased with clockwork grease gathered in Innovation. I was warned that the grease is corrosive to many substances and must be stored in a small clay jar before the tinker can apply it during the crafting of the cams.
The Bows of Power
In my stay in the City of New Tanaan I have heard tales of countless wonders and secrets of the planes. None have inspired me more than the tales I have heard of the bows of power, crafted and wielded by the most legendary of archers from times and places mostly forgotten in modern times.
The bows I speak of are the bow of Raltor Yalvon crafted from obsidianwood, the string crafted from the guts of fiends, the bolts and gears of the cams smithed and filed from molten ore and assembled and greased by a skilled tinker in New Tanaan.
The bow of Ulmoth, the Slarghilug hero, crafted from primordial driftwood, the string crafted from strands of slarghilug kelp, the bolts and gears of the cams smithed and filed from e’cian ice and assembled and greased by a skilled tinker in New Tanaan.
The bow of Ier’Shon, the legendary mephit archer, crafted from featherwood. The string crafted from the silk of the spiders that spin their webs across the Plane of Air. The bolts and gears of the cams smithed and filed from wind metal and assembled and greased by a skilled tinker in New Tanaan.
The bow of Golgar, ogre survivor of the Plane of Earth, crafted from the wood of the petrified arboreans, the string crafted from vegerog vines, the bolts and gears smithed and filed from pristine planar steel and assembled and greased by a skilled tinker in New Tanaan.
These are the bows of which I have heard tales. I wonder how many other bows have been or are waiting to be crafted from the exotic materials of the planes.