Campaign of the Month: September 2018
Shadows of the Rift
Intelligent Great Sword, NE
Deathblow (Dodsstoten) is a re-made personalized master crafted magical great sword. It has
a bone handle with a bone skull hilt with a crimson valknut displayed upon the forehead. The
hand guard is a bone humanoid rib cage. A black tongue blade protrudes from the rib cage.
There are Jossian runic symbols inscribed in crimson down the tongue of the blade that
translates to “Deathblow” in Tradespeak.
|Alignment: Neutral Evil|
|Telepathy (Su): Telepathy allows an intelligent item to communicate with its wielder
telepathically, regardless of its known languages. The wielder must be touching the item to
communicate in this way.
|Senses: See (normal and Darkvision) and hear 120’|
|Cast Telekinetic Projectile at will (CL 10, DC: n/a, Ranged attack: +10)|
|Cast Chill Touch with command word (“chill” in Joslac). (CL 3, DC: 12)|
|Flaming: Upon command (“flame” in Joslac), a flaming weapon is sheathed in fire
that deals an extra 1d6 points of fire damage on a successful hit. The fire does not
harm the wielder. The effect remains until another command is given. (CL 10)
Unlike most magic items, intelligent items can activate their own powers without waiting for
a command word from their owner. Intelligent items act during their owner’s turn in the
All magic items with personalities desire to play an important role in whatever activity is
under way, particularly combat. Such items are natural rivals, even with others of the same
alignment. No intelligent item wants to share its wielder with others. An intelligent item is
aware of the presence of any other intelligent item within 60 feet, and most intelligent items
try their best to mislead or distract their host so that she ignores or destroys the rival. Of
course, alignment might change this sort of behavior.
Personality Notes: Deathblow is a sword—_made for killing_. That is its purpose and it
wishes to fulfil its purpose at all costs. He is extremely unempathetic. He is frustrated by
subtlety (which he generally doesn’t understand). He has desires—but not much ego to back
them up. Which is frustrating. He’s generally frustrated. I imagined that Morvar imbued
some of his own egotism into the sword, so he thinks he is the best sword at being a sword.
Why wouldn’t someone use it? He gets extremely frustrated by Morvar’s intimidation
effects—they thwart his purpose. He also prefers plans that involve battle, not one-shot
Deathblow, being NE, according to the alignment descriptions: “…does whatever she can get away with. She is out for herself, pure and simple. She sheds no tears for those she kills, whether for profit, sport, or convenience. She has no love of order and holds no illusions that following laws, traditions, or codes would make her any better or more noble. On the other hand, she doesn’t have the restless nature or love of conflict that a chaotic evil villain has…”