Axe of the Swarm weapon(battleaxe, greataxe), rare

This rough axe has a series of holes, each trapping a stone bead, behind its cutting edge. These beads shake and rattle each time the axe is swung, making a deep humming sound.

On a critical hit with this weapon a small swarm of beetles fly from the beads and attack all creatures within 5 feet of the target creature, not including you, dealing 2d4 piercing damage to each creature.
While holding this weapon as an action you can make a DC 10 Animal Handling check, on a success a small swarm of beetles emerges that can accomplish any task that Mage Hand could and lasts 1 minute. You can summon up to three swarms in this manner, these swarms are under your control but will not attack.

If you put down or for any reason stop holding this weapon any swarms you currently have summoned attack you for the remainder of the minute, or until you pick up the weapon again, dealing 2d4 piercing damage a round per swarm.

Type: Weapon, rare (major)
Subtype(s): battleaxe, greataxe
School: Conjuration
Cost: 5,000 gp4,800 sp
Item Created: 2016-11-09
Item #: 87