Tuesday Magic Item – Tyrant’s Sword

25 January, 2011

Atherak ‘the Bloody’, King by right of conquest of all of lands of the west, ruled by strength and fear.  Atherak was never afraid of bloodying his sword, Throat-Opener, to personally send a message to those who thought to oppose him.

Atherak met his end at the hands of the Four Heroes of Eagleholm, who gave their lives to kill the tyrant.  Throat-Opener was not found and since then it has appeared in the hands of one petty ruler after another, none who have been able to use it to restore Atherak’s kingdom.

Tyrant’s Sword

These swords are always made of dark metal, only the edge is bright and razor sharp.  The hilt is plain or ornate as befits the tyrant for which it was made.  Their sheaths are always made in such a way to enhance the sound of drawing fourth the blade.

A tyrant’s sword is a +2 keen sword that provides a +4 competence bonus to Intimidate checks.  While drawn, the wielder may make one attempt to demoralize a foe each round as a swift action.  Once a day, when a blow from the sword drops an enemy to negative hit points the wielder may immediate make an attempt to demoralize all foes within 50′ with an additional +4 circumstance bonus.

Aura strong enchantment and transmutation; CL 10th
Slot none; Price 24,000; Weight by sword
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, eagle’s splendor, fear, shout; Cost 12,000 (+960 xp for D&D)

Notes: Villains deserve to have cool weapons that make them more villainous.


  1. Throat-Opener – I love this name. 🙂

  2. I also like the idea of tyrants carrying powerful magical artifacts that might give heroes pause. I love a situation where PCs loot an item, and a number of them honestly believe it should be destroyed rather than sold off or used.

    Though I could imagine an argument for a hero using this blade – it could actually help avoid bloodshed, as you demoralize foes thoroughly enough to cause them to flee or surrender, rather than the classic D&D situation of having to kill 50 Orcs one by one…

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