Tuesday Magic Item – Monarchomachs Blade

26 July, 2016

Sic Semper TyrannusGollaon leaned in to read the notice nailed to the courthouse door.  “Time to be leaving, my friend.”

“Civil war?” asked Voddick.

“Yes, it is a notice of abjuration, severing them from the authority of the king,” read Gollaon.

“He will not like that.  This will be getting decidedly uncivil once word reaches the royal garrison.”

“Thus, time to be on our way, such local conflicts never end well.”

Monarchomachs Blade

These swords are etched with faint words, so worn as to be almost unreadable, and usually show the signs of hard use.  The hilt is plain and the entire weapon is very utilitarian and practical.
Under most circumstances, it is simply a +1 sword.  To activate its full potential, the owner must participate in the formal declaration against a ruler with details of the crimes the ruler has committed and how they have invalidated their right to rule.

Empowered, the sword is a +2 royal-agent bane sword, and the blade gains the bane quality twice against the named ruler.  The wielder gains DR 2/magic and a +3 morale bonus to Will saves against those serving the named ruler.  These bonuses only last until the named ruler has been killed or deposed.

Once the sword is empowered, the person that has empowered it is committed to seeing that the named ruler is killed or deposed.  They will not be turned from that task, often turning them into obsessed assassins if the rebellion they are part of is crushed or even comes to a pragmatic accommodation with the ruler.

Aura strong necrourgy; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 40,000 + cost of the sword; Weight by sword
Construction Requirements
Craft Magical Arms and Armor, bestow curse, finger of death, geas, stoneskin; Cost 20.000 + cost of the sword

Notes: Monarchomachs is a theory of oppostion to unjust rulership pioneered by the French Huguenots.

Photo by Snake3yes and used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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