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10 Things I Hate About Yew


Douglas Fir has long been recognized as the leading master craftsman of vicer wood, a rare and extremely hearty piece of wood only found in Forest of Cessation. Douglas Fir is an older gnomish man with bushy eyebrows that dance along the rims of his glasses like two happy caterpillars. Douglas Fir has been known to teach his skill to those with the time and money to learn it. With a close relationship with Diamante Ji, he receives wholesale prices for the wood he needs for his creations. Famous for the simple and military weapons that he creates from vicer, he has been known to list all the reasons why yew is such a poor substitute for weapons when compared to vicer. He admits that Yew is still the best material for bows as vicer does not bend.

  The 10 Things that Douglas Fir Hates About Yew
  • Oily; can destroy even the most impressive of finishes.
  • Toxic; can irritate the skin and eyes of its wielder. Not to mention the respiratory problems that can develop from working with this material.
  • Color; the orange/yellow color of yew can not hold a candle to the ice blue of the vicer, and holding candle's is all yew should do.
  • Common; who doesn't own a yew bow or bowl of some kind. Short. Long. It is the wood of the vicer that only belongs in the hands of only the most deserving.
  • Cheap; yew is for the poor and the simple. He prefers that his hands be used for more impressive creations.
  • Too soft; though yew is not a soft wood, nothing can compare to the iron strength wood of the vicer tree.
  • Weak weapons; yew is as basic as any other wood. It should only be used for bows. No wood compares to the strength of the Vicer.
  • Weak Armor; only vicer wood should be used to make armor, unless you prefer metals.
  • Plentiful; everyone has access to yew, and it makes so many items; bowls, furniture, small whittled toys. Who would want a club, that could have been a cup?
  • Dewey Yew; Dewey Yew, a Tiefling boy who used to bully Douglas when they were children.

Appearance of Establishment


10 Thing's I Hate About Yew can be located just outside of the Leechwood city limits. The shop itself is quite small, with a few pieces on display and a price list for custom pieces on the counter. Though there are a few common goods for sale, Douglas Fir only respects those who order custom work. He has no interest in purchasing used weapons, but may be amicable to a trade involving rare, raw materials.


Surrounding the shop are fields of trees in various growth cycles. There is a road that disappears deep into the woods, and though you can't see Fir's workshop, the endless sawdust cloud leaves no mystery to what lies hidden beyond the tree line. Douglas Fir does not allow anyone to enter his workshop, unless they pay to train underneath him. His processing and crafting of Vicer wood is a close held secret, and that extends to the workshop.


Commissioned Goods:


All commissioned goods come with three detailing option;

Base Weapon Design

Douglas Fir can make any simple and martial melee weapon that does not cause slashing damage. Vicer wood is the only material that can be used to make weapons that cause piercing damage. All other woods can be used to make any melee weapon that causes bludgeoning damage.

    Weapon Material

All base weapon designs are made with Yew, but there are a variety of wood materials to choose from. It should be reiterated, that Douglas Fir prefers to only work with vicer.


Purely cosmetic, many prefer to customize their weapon. Whether you wish to add a family sigil to the handle of a greatclub, or have an intricately carved depiction of a tree at the end of your quarterstaff, Douglas Fir is willing to detail your custom piece for the right price.


Commissioned Goods Cost Calculator

Base Weapon Design + Material Cost + Detailing= Cost

Base Weapon Design

Simple Weapons Base Cost (Yew Wood) Damage
Club 1 sp 1d4 Bludgeoning
Dagger 2 gp 1d4 Piercing
Greatclub 2 sp 1d8 Bludgeoning
Javelin 5 sp 1d6 Piercing
Light hammer 2 gp 1d4 Bludgeoning
Mace 5 gp 1d6 Bludgeoning
Quarterstaff 2 sp 1d6 Bludgeoning
Spear 1 gp 1d6 Piercing
Martial Weapons Base Cost (Yew Wood) Damage
Flail 10 gp 1d8 Blugeoning
Lance 10 gp 1d12 Piercing
Maul 10 gp 2d6 Bludgeoning
Warhammer 15 gp 1d8 Bludgeoning
Morningstar 15 gp 1d8 Piercing
Pike 5 gp 1d10 Piercing
Rapier 25 gp 1d8 Piercing
Short sword 10 gp 1d6 Piercing
Trident 5 gp 1d6 Piercing
War pick 5 gp 1d8 Bludgeoning

Weapon Material

Material Cost Bonus
Yew - -
Douglas Fir 5 sp -
Walnut 2 gp 5 sp -
Ipe 6 gp 5 sp -
Red Oak 3 gp 5 sp -
Ash 1 gp 2 cp -
Vicer 210 gp

+1 to attack and Damage Rolls


Weapons produced with this material weigh 25% less than the same item made from steel and 50% less than the same item made from wood.



Quality Cost
None -
Common 5 cp
Modest 5 sp
Impressive 5 gp
Exquisite 50 gp
Legendary 500 gp

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