Tuesday Magic Item – Stone Axe of Blasphemy

7 June, 2011

The dark sails on the horizon told of the coming of the raiders.  Like armed locusts they ate their way through the land, leaving nothing of value behind them.  When they shattered the doors of the Church of the Golden Branch, the bishop called down a powerful curse just before the leader of the raiders struck him down, severing the bishop’s head from his body.

The leader of the raiders was not one to let a curse slow him.  He used the bishop’s crozier as a shaft and made a stone axe blade from the largest fragment of the shattered altar.  He was killed in a drunken brawl the next season and the axe passed to his lieutenant.  Since then it has passed from one bloody handed murdered to another.

Stone Axe of Blasphemy

This heavy axe has a misshapen haft wrapped in blood stained leather, the axe head is made of shaped black stone.  The whole thing looks like it should be uselessly unbalanced but it is surprisingly easy to wield as a weapon.

It is a +2 keen great axe that when it kills a divine caster, gives the wielder a +2 profane bonus to Strength and a number of temporary hit equal to the level of the killed person for 5 minutes.  The wielder gains a SR of 10 plus half (round down) of their level against hostile divine magic this increase by 1 for the five minutes after the wielder kills a divine caster.

Additionally, their wielder heals natural at twice the normal rate.  However, the owner is cursed to be totally unaffected by helpful divine magic (as if they had an unbeatable SR) no matter the source.  Once the owner has used the axe to kill a divine caster, the curse is bound to them.  Destroying the axe does not end the curse.

Aura strong necrourgy [evil]; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 36,320; Weight 15 lbs
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, bestow curse, death knell, regenerate, spell resistance; Cost 18,000 + 320 for the axe (+1,440 xp for D&D)

Notes: A magic item playing off the Christian monks view of the Vikings.  A good weapon for a villain.

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