Tuesday Magic Item – Sword of Libertas

28 October, 2014

Use for freedom“Stand aside for your betters,” commanded the guard in his colorful uniform.  “You move!”  He prodded a young woman with a cane who was moving with insufficient haste.

“Why?” she asked, hobbling aside.

“Because your ruler, the Tsar of Nyris, should not be delayed by rabble such as you,” sniffed the guard.

The woman muttered something and stepped away.  The mood of the other people did not seem improved by the actions of the guard.  A few moments later as the Tzar arrived, the woman stepped forward, her cane becoming a flaming sword.  “Now it is time for tyranny to end and freedom to rise!” she called as the rabble surged to attack.

Sword of Libertas

This sword is a remarkably plain weapon, notable only for the word freedom etched on one side of the blade and liberty on the other.  It also has the ability to change into a simple rod which can be used as a walking stick or otherwise easily concealed.

As a rod, it is treated as a +2 merciful light mace that can release any bond on a person or open any door confining people at a touch (as though a knock spell was used), it also does not detect as magic unless the person attempting to detect succeeds in a DC 30 caster level check.

As a sword, it is a +2 flaming tyrant-bane sword and the wielder is protected from impediments as though subject to a freedom of movement spell, and thy gain a +3 resistance bonus to Will saves.  Further, it acts as an an inspiration to all opposing the enemies of liberty, giving all allies within 60′ a +1 morale bonus to attack rolls and Will saves.

However, the bearer of the sword (in either form) finds it difficult to turn from the hardship of those oppressed, even if it is only to offer a small act of kindness or word of hope.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 37,625; Weight 3 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, alter self, flame arrow, freedom of movement, geas/quest, heroism, knock, non-detection; Cost 18,500 + 625 for the rod and sword

Notes: Today is the anniversary of the official dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886 (by President Garfield of all people) and my inspiration for today’s item.  Libertas is the Roman goddess of Freedom.

Photo by Søren Niedziella and used under a Creative Common Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


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