History and legend are filled with stories of great blades. Often a magical weapon may have as vivid a past as the warrior who wields it. Many magical weapons are crafted by those proficient in the mystic arts, but not always. Epic battles, godly blessings, great tragedies and even spiritual possession may grant a weapon its powers.
This book provides famous named weapons along with story seeds and legends surrounding them. When player characters find or purchase a magic weapon, GameMasters may simply plug in the appropriate name and story, instantly adding a dose of wonder and legend to the item. Most weapons listed below contain names and story seeds, so GameMasters or players may pursue these ideas if they wish. The weapon types and names of locations may also be modified to better fit a campaign.
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Five Deaths: These five polearms were crafted from the bones of Sinnoch, the lich-giant of the Whisper Moors. After Sinnoch’s destruction at the hands of an adventuring party, the remaining arm and rib bones were crafted into great polearms, and are now wielded by the Paladins of Nermath. According to legend, the spirit of Sinnoch lives on in the bones and seeks to reassemble his body.
Flame: Forged by the great dwarven smith Dragak, this blade was enchanted by famed dwarven priestess Kuthelka the Strong and found its way into the hands of several dwarven kings before it was lost for several centuries.
Flameguard: The crafting of this mace is a mystery, for it was found in a meteor that crashed into the ground 1,000 years ago. It was claimed and wielded by the giant queen Clortha before she fell in battle. Legend states that the weapon gives off a thunderous roar when it strikes an enemy.
Flenaris: This exquisite blade has seen many wars but is most famous for killing the great warlord Kron, an act which ultimately freed his people from years of oppression. It was later enchanted when a bolt of lightning from the heavens struck it, turning it black, but imbuing it with great power.
Fleshstriker: The head of his great flail is made from the skull of Urgror, the defeated chieftain of the Bloodtooth tribe. This flail was crafted as a trophy after the new chieftain beheaded him. It is believed that Urgror’s spirit lives on in his skull and seeks to possess and reanimate a worthy victim, so that he may take back his tribe.
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