Can the School of Conjuration wizard’s Minor Conjuration feature be used to summon rare, expensive, and/or consumable spell components?

Can the School of Conjuration wizard’s Minor Conjuration feature (PHB, p. 116) be used to summon rare, expensive, and/or consumable spell components?

It seems to fit within the scope of the feature in a rules-as-written manner, and I am inclined to allow it – but not having fully experienced the dynamics of higher level play where it might come more strongly into play, I have some uncertainty.

Which magic item of very rare or lower rarity is most useful to protect a group of ordinary soldiers?


Background

I’m playing a mid-level artificer (artillerist) who’s a disgruntled veteran with a missing limb who, disillusioned by the leaders’ willingness to send soldiers to their deaths, has retired from the army and opened a shop. An adventure hook has people steal his work-in-progress masterpiece and now I need to find a fitting item he was trying to create.
Because of this background, the item he would be most interested in would be something that helps ordinary soldiers without magic powers survive the horrors of the battlefield. It might be something that protects a group of people from hostile spells or something that provides healing to them, similar to the artificer’s Protector cannon.

Criteria

  • I am trying to find an officially published item before resorting to homebrew (UA is probably fine, as is basic refluffing)
  • The DM has ruled that the item should be below legendary rank, so very rare at most
  • I probably won’t be held to strict prerequisites such as being able to cast every spell going into the items myself, but the item should still basically fit the artificer flavour
  • The item should be usable by someone who cannot cast spells
  • The item should be able to affect a group, not just the carrier
  • The item should be defensive in nature

My own research

I’ve gone through the "warding" and "healing" categories of magic items on D&D Beyond and found very little. There are almost no items that work on groups and those that do tend to be musical instruments or magic staves that need the user to be a spellcaster.
In general it seems that antimagic items aren’t really a thing in 5e. An item that can cast Antimagic Field on he regular would probably be in the legendary category and a Ring of spell Storing would again require a (powerful) spellcaster to be useful.
An ideal solution would be something like a banner of protection or an Eldritch Cannon: Protector that doesn’t need an artificer to be present. I’ve also considered something like a Ring of Regeneration, but that’s again a one-person item.

Might have found a “Rare” edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons?

I found this hard cover book and wasn’t really sure on what it was. So I called a friend and he said it was "a rare edition" and that I could get quite a bit of money out of it.

Front Cover Inside Cover

the back cover and the inside are printed with the following:

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. Special Reference Work. 4th Edition, August, 1979. Hard Cover.

An alphabetical compendium of all the monsters found in advanced Dungeons & Dragons, including attacks, damage, special abilities, and descriptions.

By Gary Gygax 1977, 1978 -TSR Games

Gently used. Binding is in perfect condition. No rips, tears, or folds.

Over 350 Monsters This book provides a complete alphabetical listing of all "monsters" encountered in the various works which comprise the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game system. It is an invaluable aid to players and dungeon masters alike!

The power level of the Sword of Sharpness doesn’t justify its very rare rating – am I missing something?

After asking this question about the Sword of Sharpness, I was presented with this answer which distinguishes between the two main features of the Sword of Sharpness:

Feature 1 (emphasis mine):

When you attack an object with this magic sword and hit, maximize your weapon damage dice against the target.

Thus feature 1 only applies to attacking an object.

Feature 2 (emphasis mine):

When you attack a creature with this weapon and roll a 20 on the attack roll, that target takes an extra 4d6 slashing damage. Then roll another d20. If you roll a 20, you lop off one of the target’s limbs, with the effect of such loss determined by the GM. If the creature has no limb to sever, you lop off a portion of its body instead.

This 2nd feature applies to attacks against creatures and has a 1/400 chance of lopping off the creature’s limb.

There is also a third feature to the sword:

In addition, you can speak the sword’s command word to cause the blade to shed bright light in a 10- foot radius and dim light for an additional 10 feet. Speaking the command word again or sheathing the sword puts out the light.

My question: if the first feature doesn’t apply to attacks against creatures, then why is the Sword of Sharpness a very rare weapon requiring attunement? Is there something amazing about cutting off a limb that outweighs its low probability of occurring? I am especially curious since there are many benign ways of creating light, meaning that to me the 3rd feature pales in comparison to the first two. But if the first 2 features don’t synergize at all, then why is this item so rare (and consequently expensive)?

I ask since compared to other magical items of similar rarity, the sword, should it not synergize, seems a bit underpowered. Consider for example the Flame Tongue:

You can use a bonus action to speak this magic sword’s command word, causing flames to erupt from the blade. These flames shed bright light in a 40-foot radius and dim light for an additional 40 feet. While the sword is ablaze, it deals an extra 2d6 fire damage to any target it hits. The flames last until you use a bonus action to speak the command word again or until you drop or sheathe the sword.

Having a constant 2d6 fire damage seems, from a damage perspective, to be greater than the 1/20 chance of dealing 4d6 slashing damage. This sword also produces more light than the Sword of Sharpness.

A similar concern exists with the Scimitar of Speed:

You gain a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. In addition, you can make one attack with it as a bonus action on each of your turns.

Having an extra attack to use on my bonus action and consistently having +2 to hit and damage also seems to be a stronger option than the 1/20 chance of dealing 4d6 extra slashing damage or the 1/400 chance of lopping off a limb.

Assuming the above to be true, why then is the Sword of Sharpness a very rare weapon requiring attunement? What am I missing?

If my assumptions or arguments are wrong, please tell me, but to me this weapon seems like it should either have a lower rarity or have the first and second features synergize.

To add a higher level of objectivity, I am comparing both its damage output (no maximum damage against creatures, but 4d6 slashing on a crit and the chance to lop off a limb) as well as frequency of using its ability (1/20 to land a critical, 1/400 to lop off a limb) to those of other magical weapons of a similar rarity.

How rare would these homebrew magic items be?


Gravitonic tome

Can pay a spell’s cost to learn how to convert half its damage into gavity damage, which cannot be resisted

Voidsteel blade

versatile, (2d8/2d10)+str+dex damage. spells that must be cast through the blade deal one dice larger of damage, and superiority dice are one size larger

Articulated spell gauntlet

+1 AC, all spells that cost more than 1 sorcery point to cast cost 1 less

Floating fortress armor

Med armor, 16+dex AC (max 3), half physical damage, weakness to fire

Cloth-lined Chainmail cape

Immune to being flanked, extra physical damage from sneak attacks and critical hits from behind is halved

False-positive results in PayPal’s email detection system [rare]

When i tried to reset my email, i went go testing, when i filled entry1 and entry3 with non-existing emails so far i know, but some unexpected situation happened, PayPal’s detection system returned a false-positive! I already informed them about it, but i’m still asking myself how such thing could happen. Since PayPal is closed(duh), it is hard to figure out the cause of this issue.

Is it because the email is already registered in their database and due a misimplementation?

Proof: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10GKG3AVfTX_zBcgHRhz5yEUwdPNGN79P/view?usp=sharing

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Without Rare Metals

One often sees assertions that these are “necessary” for modern military and consumer computing applications. I presume that without these rare metals, the devices could be manufactured, but would be larger and/or more expensive. Is this true?

I want search engine to find sites containing the most the rare propper nouns I search for

I want to all sites that do a certain thing and I think people all over the internet make small lists containing some of these sites together. For example I want to make a list of all Quantified Self . I first search for zenobase and exist.io and find sites mentioning gyroscope and quantimodo. I add those to the search string and receive just Quantimodo site. If I add OR between each of the 4 proper nouns (zenobase OR exist.io OR gyroscope OR quantimodo) I get each word mentioned once instead of whatever sites mention most of these words. I need google or any search engine to find sites with the most of these items mentioned.