Verdant Vine Charges

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Does the Verdant Vine wrist item continually grow new charges or when you expend all 5 does it just turn into a bit of shrubbery?

Consisting of a vine with five green berries, a verdant vine is worn tied around the wrist. Once per day on command, the wearer can pinch a berry off the vine, and throw it up to 30 feet away, like a splash weapon. Viciously thorny vines erupt in a 20-foot radius from the point of impact, even if the berry misses its target. Creatures within the area must succeed at a DC 16 Reflex saving throw or become entangled, as the spell entangle, as the vines coil around the creature's legs. The vines persist, but at the start of the affected creature's turn, it gains a new saving throw against the effect. If the affected creature fails the saving throw, it also takes 1d4 points of damage.
A DC 20 Strength check, made as a standard action, allows an affected creature to break free and end the effect. Failing the check causes the vines to constrict, dealing 1d4 points of damage.


I'd imagine after you use all 5, the item is expended. Since there is nothing about it growing new ones, and it specifically says there are 5, and on top of that you can only use one per day.

"Consisting of a vine with five green berries, a verdant vine is worn tied around the wrist."

The question is, is this meaningful or really a fluff description. If that sentence were not there, or even if the word 'five' was omitted, everyone would assume it was a standard once per day item.

Once per day would also be very unusual for basically a single use item (x5) and the price seems way to high for the effect if it only has 5 non-renewable charges, especially with the limitation that you can only use one charge per day. Also, while it doesn't say the berries grow back, it also doesn't say anything about the item becoming non-magical etc. when the last one is used.

My interpretation, is that 'five green berries' is functionally the same as 'dyed blue and decorated with star-shaped studs' from the spell guard bracers, simply a description with no mechanical effects.

Frankly, the price is probably to high to make this an attractive even it is a permanent once per day item.

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