|A Sampler of Swords
|A Sampler of Swords
Ardanaith. A holy sword sworn to Aranris El-Macil with the ability to determine guilt and innocence. Ardanaith was forged in the early Second Age by the master swordsmith Koroduin and wizard Firyn near the kingdom of Ilúien in eastern Aluvèthor. The sword was created for paladin-lord Kystrel the Just and was buried with him in -8204. Endren's Seven happened across the hidden tomb in -1147 and when the sarcophagus opened to Endren's touch it was determined that the blade had chosen its next owner.
Game Information: +3 Attack, +3 Damage. During ritual judgement the sword "dances" and may discern lies, striking once per falsehood uttered against deceivers. Against those that lie during judgement, the sword acts as a weapon of "bane", adding an additional +2 Attack, +2d6 Damage.
The Black Sword of Thras. A masterwork bastard sword fashioned in Oth before the Invoked Devastation. A handful of these swords have survived to the present, for most part they were destroyed during the Sundering. Most that have survived were at one point interred with warriors that died during that troubled time. Bastard swords by nature are knightly weapons and carrying them is a sign of status in many Telluri societies. Recently, such a sword was presented to Jerdyn of Tolmara by the King Falconedge during his knighting.
Throatcutter. A Fourth Age Rha'al falchion forged in the Imperial province of Cyradia by the swordsmith Sharesra for the assassin Shir'amir. The blade has been linked to the deaths of several nobles in Hyboras and the Empire of Mel’Cendia, before disappearing for over 1600 years. The next mention of the sword was half-way across the world, in Verith when it was to be auctioned in 2430. The auction never took place because the sword was stolen from the vaults of the Hlaarn Guild. History states that the sword's edge sought out the throats of its victims.
Phlogostrax. A long heavy Hyborean blade crafted in the city-state of Cymrith circa 2757 for use in the Battle of the Wastes. The sword was first wielded by Karhek Mand, a captain in the Overlord’s army. Following Mand’s death in 2761, his son carried the blade into Imperial lands where he and sword disappeared. The sword reappeared over 200 years later in Whytecoin where it was purchased by a ship merchant and taken to Highkeep. In Highkeep, the sword was kept on display at a weapons dealer's shop for nearly 40 years before an anonymous purchase. Rumor has it that the Tempest is intensely interested in its recovery.
Game Information: +1 Attack, +1 Damage, Keen; on a successful critical a flame issues forth along the blade's length dealing an additional +1d8 hit points of damage for 2d6 combat rounds. If another critical is scored in that time the flame is reborn for another +1d6 cumulative rounds until the flame dies. The blade has no known drawbacks, but does grow hot to the touch in combat.
Is’khadriin. Is’khadriin is a relic of Wylund, carried by all its past heroes. Should a defender die, the sword chooses another to take its place. New defenders are compelled to present themselves to a priest of the War Father on Ulu’taari ground, where they undergo the Ritual of the Defender. Recently, the sword chose the half-elven paladin of Bralvanyr, Olvaen Moonshadow as its heir.
Game Information: +3 Attack, +3 Damage. The most potent ability of the sword is called Battle Fury. If the wielder's side is outnumbered 2 to 1 he gets an additional attack each round. If the wielder's side is outnumbered 4 to 1 he gets an additional two attacks each round. If the wielder's side is outnumbered 8 to 1 he gets an additional three attacks each round, etc. A character engaged in Battle Fury has restrictions similar to those of Barbarian Rage.
Sword of the Overlord, Uren-bane. Indoril of Cymrin was a wizard who occupied his time with collecting cadavers and building servants from their pieces. Depictions (there are two) of the wizard portray him with the sword at his belt, but no surviving stories detail its use. A painting of the wizard used to hang within Winter’s Chill, a tavern of sordid repute in Cymrin, but disappeared several years ago. Another portrait of the wizard has been reported in a "book of wizards" within the Iron Library. The sword is constructed of Imperial steel, but of Uren style (Cyradi do not typically make longswords) which may date the sword to the time of the Occupation. An opaque blue stone sits in the pommel.
The Sword of the Overlord was most recently recovered from the lair of a venerable sapphire drake.
Game Information: +2 Attack, +2 Damage. In the hands of a Cyradi, a Hyborean, or a warrior of Fhaardi descent, the blue stone softly illuminates a 5 ft. radius (allowing Low-light Vision) and becomes a bane sword versus arcane casters and anyone of Imperial heritage.
The Star Sword of Arofel
This fine short sword is made of truesilver and sparkles as such. It is inscribed immediately above the hilt with elven runes.
One of a pair of swords used by the elven hero Arofel during the Scattering in the Second Age, it is said that this blade has more powers when used in conjunction with its sister-sword, the Sun Blade of Arofel, (which is a long sword). In addition, legend has it that in the “right hands” the sword has an additional power.
The Star Sword of Arofel is a short sword +1. When used in conjunction with the Sun Blade of Arofel, the wielder is considered to have the Two Weapon Defense feat.
It has an additional power that is not evident unless used in the proper conditions.
Red Pain. A fine curved blade and ornate scabbard. Close inspection reveals dull red veins in the blade's dark metal. Should the scabbard be unsewn one will find the inside is marked with nine red runes that glow deeply when near the sword blade. These runes give the sword its power. Without them, the sword becomes nothing more than a weapon of quality. The sword itself was forged from the armor of a soldier that had been tortured for one hundred days. The soldier's body was slowly lowered into the molten forge, becoming one with the iron. The cast bars were taken to a master Imperial smith and fashioned into a masterwork blade in 2300. The blade was then presented to the Nethran magus Orás in 2322 who imbued the scabbard with the necessary runes. Each rune was drawn with living Fae blood. Red Pain has had many wielders in the centuries since and has found its way from Imperial lands to the Fhaard to Gwythnecht to Wylund (where it was last seen as the blade of a bandit lord during the Kernin invasion. When the sword is drawn, it is covered in dancing red electricity.
Ur’hakal. A short toothed sword of Ur’dari construction. It is easy to mistake Ur’hakal for something other than a sword, due to the splayed squared flanges along its blade. The sword is unwieldy and doesn't cut as much as it rips into flesh. Furthermore, the blade is designed to hold a dose of poison for extended periods. Oily poisons are preferred as they do not dry as quickly. The Ur’dari word "ur’hakal" is scratched into the flat of the blade. These foul swords are sometimes used by Poisoners. Recently, an Ur’hakal blade was found on a Kernin assassin in Highkeep. The sword cannot be sheathed.
The golden hilt and handle of this fine short sword are decorated with carved lines of scorpions, and set with a valuable ruby in the pommel.
Based on swords enchanted by artifice-mages in the years preceding the Invoked Devastation, Scorpion's Sting was designed to strike quickly and with deadly precision.
This short sword of speed, +2 can always be drawn as if the wielder had the Quick Draw feat, and allows him or her an extra attack at their highest melee attack value when making a full attack.
The Black Bane of Alazar
This golden short sword is said to be imbued with the soul and intelligence of a wizened Thaecian sage. Created for the Emperor of Thaecia in the waning years of the First Empire, it is rumored to have had a hand in causing the Empire's downfall.
The blade and pommel are gold, with a heart-shaped cut black opal on the fancy curved hilt.
It is said the sword could slice limbs from armored men, block killing blows, and caused its wielder to resist magic and heal very quickly. In addition, the sword was said to possess a killing curse that sucked the life from anyone else who tried to wield it.
The exact nature of the curse was never public knowledge, but despite the fame and power of the blade, Alazar, heir to the Eternal Throne and First-Prince of Thaecia, was said to have used it sparingly.
It is said that it was while trying to break the curse that Alazar released the power that killed everyone in the Imperial Underkeep before construction had finished on it, but no matter how many adventurers have searched the place since or how many monsters have moved in, it has never been found.