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Wiki+ page: Legendary Artifacts
Wiki+ page: The Sword of Legend
"Behold! Forged from the very spoken word of Mogen David and given unto men to defend against the evils of Xodod!"
- The Epic of Saint Taal, Chapter 34 'The Finding of Legend'
The Sword of Legend is considered the most sacred artifact in Nor'Ova by the Church of Mogen David. While it's construction is said to predate Nor'Ova itself, it has ever played a crucial part many Nor'Ovan myths and legends, hence its name. Some have argued that the sword doesn't exist while others have argued that it may exist but its power and significance is grossly exaggerated. One thing is clear though, the sword itself is legendary.
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1. The Myth and History of Legend
The true origin of Legend, assuming that you even believe in its existence, is often in debate. True Legend believers claim that the sword was first created on the mythical world of origin, Xenodelphia. They point to the various scattered ruins that are believed to have come from this world where descriptions can be found resembling the popular conception of the sword.
But there are even more who believe that if Legend is real, it was constructed here on Nor'Ova. They point to the popular belief concerning Legend being the embodiment of the Word of Mogen David as why, saying that it could not have been made elsewhere because Mogen David has only ever been on Nor'Ova.
The problem lies in that no one credible has seen or possessed the Sword of Legend. It is widely believed that Saint Taal Mercleis, the hero who defeated Xerxes Zodo ending the Great Magic War of the First Era, wielded Legend. But the only written record of this is the Epic of Saint Taal which is a highly romanticized retelling of a classic church tale and not a detailed recording of a historic event. So the fact is that no one knows anything factual concerning Legend. All that we have are the myths and legends of this sacred sword, and perhaps a few very vague references to it in the holy book of the Church of Mogen David, the Book of Truth.
According to the myths, Legend is the physical embodiment of the Word of Mogen David. It is described as a sword meant only to bring hope and to chase away the darkness. According to scriptures, the sword works like a normal sword in that it cuts, but if used against an innocent it would shatter into seven pieces and depart from its wielder. It also states that once a true evil is slain with the sword, the evil would be thoroughly destroyed and wiped from the consciousness of the world.
According to the tales, there have only been one wielder of the Sword of Legend here on Nor'Ova, that being none other than Saint Taal Mercleis. It is said that he used the sword only once and it was against Xerxes Zodo. Some fringe tales that are considered blasphemous by the Church of Mogen David state that Xerxes was innocent because he was controlled by Zodo, so when the sword struck its killing blow it shattered.
Since then crazy tales have come up with the sword being used by all sorts of heros slaying dragons and the like. But these stories are often regarded as nothing more than fantasy, even by the Legend believers.
Perhaps the most puzzling story concerning Legend comes from the Book of Truth's endtime prophesies. Here is the excerpt below.
"It shall come when the world has twisted all of the words of this tome that the Corrupter shall take by deception a sanctified vessel and shall rule the world in darkness and fear for eight great lifetimes of man. When the eight cycle is but at its peak shall come a serpent transformed carrying the Sword of Light and Judgment, and shall strike down the Corrupter scattering him to the four corners, bringing about a terrible ablution and eventual renewal."
- Visions 34:18, Book of Truth
As you would expect, few can agree what that verse means, but most says it shows Legend being used to defeat evil before the ablution that would reset all things. Many point to Saint Taal's defeat of Xerxes Zodo and the ending of the First Era as fulfilment of this vision, but some say that this has yet to happen.
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2. The Sword of Legend Today
The popular belief that is widely accepted by most who accept the Sword of Legend to exist, is that the sword exists in seven pieces. Despite the Church's insistence that this cannot be so, many believe the tale that Taal wielded the sword and struck Xerxes down who was actually innocent, so the sword broke and its pieces are scattered all over.
Over the course of time many have sought the pieces of Legend, but none have ever been successful. Some believe that this is simply because the sword has yet to be truly needed and others claim that only the chosen who is meant to wield it shall find it. Still there are many even today looking to claim this prize and many who would pay a great many shillings to have it. The Church of Mogen David has even put out a reward for it, promising sainthood and glory to whoever brings them the parts of Legend.
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3. The Sword Parts in Roleplay
Now that you understand some of the story significance of the Sword of Legend, let's discuss how the sword would function in a role play story.
As indicated above, the sword is a holy weapon meant to only be used on true evil. It is broken in seven pieces, so finding the pieces of the sword could be a grand quest, with the one who finds them being the chosen Beholder of Legend.
The pieces of the sword are the Hilt of Legend, the Sacred Tear, and 5 blade pieces.
3.1. Hilt of Legend
The Hilt of Legend is the handle, cross guard, and a part of the broken blade that is about 4 inches long. It would at this point be more of a dagger than a sword and is very sharp. If used in combat it has an attack value of 15 and does double damage against the undead. It has a reach of 1. It cannot yet be blocked with, and has no weight.
3.2. Sacred Tear
The Sacred Tear is a round pearl-like jewel that sits at the end of the pommel. It can be thought of as a holy anima stone in that it contains a part of the Spirit of Mogen David. Attaching this to the Hilt of Legend makes the sword sentient as you can actually communicate with the Spirit. It also grants the sword a phantom hunter ability, removing any penalty from attacking spiritual enemies.
3.3. 5 Blade Pieces
Each blade piece is roughly 4 inches long and is very sharp. When presented to the Hilt of Legend bearing the Sacred Tear, it will magically fuse with the sword. If the Sacred Tear is not present, the blade pieces will not fuse with the sword.
Alone the blade pieces could be thrown dealing double throw power damage. However once attached to the sword each blade piece increases the sword's damage by 2. Once all blade pieces are put together an extra 5 points is added to the sword's attack power.
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3.4. The Sword of Legend Made Whole
Below are the stats of the Sword of Legend once it is made whole.
|Sword of Legend||30||25||unbreakable||3||weightless||does double damage to undead
no spirit penalty
Adds your positive moral points to attack against dark, evil, or fallen alignments
no damage against alignments of light or better
Wiki+ page: The Sword of Forsaken
"Vengeance! Thy blade is forsaken!"
- The Writings of Achen Vaentiil, High Elf of Quaantil, 320 Before The Eras
The Sword of Forsaken is a sword wrought in mystery and judged by the Church of Mogen David as an abomination of Xodod. Unlike the Sword of Legend, very few doubt its existence and there is plenty of historical data on the sword. It is regarded by many as the opposite of the Sword of Legend.
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1. The History of the Sword of Forsaken
Many people today have forgotten that Forsaken was not always the sword's name. In fact it did not carry that name until it was called such by its last known wielder, Xerxes Zodo. All other documentation has the sword called Haen Ruithael, which roughly translated means the Angel of Vengeance or the Vengeful Angel. Of course there have always been those who have regarded vengeance as taboo and considered the blade a forsaken thing, but until the later days of the First Era, such was not the blade's name.
The blade got its new name when Xerxes Zodo, who was stepping further into his own insanity, waved the sword around proclaiming "This is my Forsaken Blade, and with it I shall render all souls who oppose me Forsaken, bound to the eternal punishment that awaits them in Xodod."
As you can imagine, that is when the sword got its bad reputation. It was then that the Church of Mogen David, who was in hiding at the time, declared that the sword must be evil and a "physical extension of Zodo just as Legend is of Mogen David." But before that, the sword was often seen as an instrument of Archeas's Wrath and Judgment. In fact, many paladins of the Church of Mogen David wielded the sword in their quest for righteousness.
Perhaps the most famous wielder of what was then called Haen Ruithael, was the paladin Amos Va'elin, who accompanied Ormus Grimore when on an excavation for the Church of Mogen David he discovered the Divine Incantations, which later caused Ormus to leave the Church of Mogen David and found the Church of the Holy Body. Ormus wrote in his notes of that day:
As we were digging in the lower levels of this most ancient temple, my good friend and protector Amos felt a strong pull coming from a still buried corridor and his sword began to resonate a strange hum. Feeling compelled to do so, we quickly removed the debris to find this splendorous book that bore not a single indication of wear, tear, or age.
Even after it was seen by the Church of Mogen David that that book was the written word of Zodo, the sword was not blamed. Instead it was reasoned at the time that the sword knew that it was there and that the spirit that was believed to have been imbued in the sword wished to destroy the book.
But where did the sword come from? The first documented wielder of the sword was the High Elf Qael Vaentiil of the yerk elf nation of Quaantil. He had lost his wife, daughter, and several cousins in an attack by the dark elves of the Underdark and only had his son Achen left. The attack happened when Qael was trying to set up an alliance with the Underdark to help them get trade networks past the Ascians, who they were under constant attack from at the time. The Underdark delegates met Qael and his family, bringing a gift of fine wine with them as a symbol of good will. They served some to Qael and his family, and those that took the first sip were said to have dropped to the floor, foaming at the mouth and seizing violently. Luckily for Qael, he and his son had yet gotten their glass. The Underdark's delegates escaped in the shock and confusion that took place and when Qael realized what had happened, he wished for vengeance.
The following excerpt is said to be the only surviving piece of Qael's journal, and it speaks of his obtaining of the sword. It has been translated into Chalcedonian.
"It was long after everyone left that it came to me. Standing their alone before the recently sealed tombs I was, the brilliance of the light refracted from the mountain's crystal lost on me that day, but the voice was not. It came upon me like a friend and spake of what I would wish for, the want to forgive or the want for justice. I declared the later, and before me a sword formed from the outspoken desire. Its blade was long and sharp, double edged and the color of fresh spilt blood. Even its crossguard had a sharpness to it and was of a deep onyx. The handle though was blacker than the blackest night, with inly a trace of brilliant silver ruining like a mighty vein for it was shaped as a hand, and the hand grasped a most beautiful pearl that had a single speck of red. The voice spoke to me, but this time it came from the sword, "Herein I give to you, faithful friend and king, the vengeful blade so that thou might bring justice for the most terrible crime." I grabbed the handle and knew then that vengeance shall indeed be mine, and therefore I named the blade Haen Ruithael."
It was recorded that Qael did indeed lead an army into the Underdark, and slew a great host of the dark elves, the rest who had fled. But the cost was said to be his own life. It was said that Qael gave the sword to his son as he lied there dieing of no apparent injury, but Achen refused to claim it, claiming the blade of vengeance a thing forsaken to him for vengeance claimed his father, and he had the sword sealed away. The sword wouldn't resurface again until the First Era when a paladin of the Church of Mogen David, Maelrik Vectra, discovered it in the ruins of what was Qael's palace.
It wasn't until Ormus translated the Divine Incantations though did the theory of the blade being an extension of Zodo come about, and that was only among the Holy Body for the rest of the world still saw it as a weapon of Archeas at the time. The verse itself reads:
"As I hath given unto Qael do thou think I not give unto you? Should thine enemies rise up against you, and you call upon me for aide, thine sword shall I grant you. For vengeance is ever the providence of Zodo."
- Incantations of Faith, Divine Incantations
Whether the sword that we know of today as Forsaken is truly a weapon of Zodo or not is not truly known. Today the Church of Mogen David seems to agree that it is, as does the Church of the Holy Body, but that does not remove the fact that the sword has been used before by paladins and heroes alike to defend others.
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1.1. The Breaking of Forsaken
No one knows for certain what happened to the sword after Xerxes Zodo was slain. It has been lost ever since. Some who believe in the Sword of Legend say that when Taal struck Forsaken's Blade with Legend, a terrible thunderclap was heard across the globe and the vengeful blade shattered.
Even if that is true, where are the parts of Forsaken, and can it be put together again? There are few treasure hunters out there looking to answer that question. Some are of course employed by the Holy Body. Their task is most dangerous though as the Church of Mogen David as publicly declared that anyone who shall find even one piece of Forsaken shall forever be labelled a follower of Zodo and be damned to Xodod. The radical followers of the Church take this as permission to kill any suspected sword bearer.
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2. The Sword Forsaken in the RPG
Of course the Sword Forsaken can be used as a legendary artifact in any Legends of Nor'Ova campaign. The GM could have the sword whole or broken into parts, dependant upon the story the GM wishes to tell.
Here you will find information concerning both the whole sword and the parts. If you break the sword into parts, there are six physical parts, which are now named to reflect their believed connection with Zodo. They are: Eye of Zodo, Hand of Power, Xodod's Guard, and 3 blade pieces. It is said that the seventh piece is the wielder, that the sword uses the strength of the wielder and his or her desire for vengeance.
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2.1. Eye of Zodo
The so-called Eye of Zodo is a white pearl that is roughly the size of a golf ball that has a red dime-size dot on the top, making it look like an eye. It is actually a very rare form of anima stone which either holds or is connected to a powerful entity, but who or what this entity really is is not known. Most believe it is connected to Zodo of course, but which part of Zodo they cannot agree on.
The Eye is sentient. It can and will communicate with the beholder and once combined with the sword makes the sword fully sentient. The eye is also able to read the wielder's thoughts and desires and often acts on them before the wielder has asked it to do so.
The Eye increases the wielder's Magic Power by x 2.
2.2. Hand of Power
The Hand of Power is the handle of the sword. As described above, it is made of black onyx with a silver vein running down the middle of it and is in the shape of a hand with attached forearm. The hand grasps and holds the Eye of Zodo. The Hand will produce a blade when one isn't present if you cast a spell while holding it. What it does is it turns the spell into a magical blade, allowing you to do the spells damage plus magic power as a melee hit for 1d4 rounds. The blade will have a range of 2 used in this fashion.
If attached to actual blade pieces and the Eye, it will add your magic power to the sword's damage power and add your elemental effects to your physical damages.
2.3. Xodod's Guard
This is the cross guard of the sword. It has a sharp edge along the side that would face the blade and can be thrown as a weapon if not attached to the sword. If thrown, it always returns to its wielder and does 2d10 damage plus throw power.
It also possesses a chance to instantly kill its target if thrown. You would roll a 1d6, with a roll of 6 being instant death for the target. The wielder should be careful though as a critical mishap can cause the death of an innocent or ally.
2.4. 3 Blade Pieces
The blade pieces are 6 inches long, double-edged, and crimson red in color. By themselves, they can be thrown like throwing knives with an attack power of 4.
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2.5. The Complete Sword of Forsaken
Whenever any two pieces of the sword that connect to each other are present together, they will automatically connect to one another. Below are the stats for the completed sword.
|Sword of Forsaken||25||25||unbreakable||3||weightless||Chance of kill hit: roll 1d6, 6 = death
Add magic power to attack
Add elemental effects to attack
Return 20% damage back to wielder to restore HP, SA, or EP
Double damage to target of revenge but also has a 25% chance of taking same damage from wielder
Hunting Ability applied
Phantom Hunter ability applied
Wiki+ page: Ithlamar the Redeemer
"The blade that forgives cuts darkness deeper than any sword."
- Nikolai de'Carte
Ithlamar the Redeemer is perhaps the most difficult of the legendary weapons to understand and to wield. Despite being a sword, it is not a weapon in the common sense as it cannot be used in combat against just any enemy. Instead, it is a weapon meant to cut away possessions of the worst kind - possessions of the demon princes of Xodod and of their master, Zodo.
1. Origins of Ithlamar
"Lower thy sword, and forgive them for they not understand the wounds they cause nor the evil they do."
- Mogen David, Gospel of Anartis, Book of Truth
It has been said that Ithlamar the Redeemer was once just an ordinary rapier worn by one of the soldiers in charge of the execution of Mogen David. According to scripture, after Mogen David gave up his ghost, the soldier was instructed to make certain that he was indeed dead, so the soldier turned to stab Mogen David with his rapier, only he could not bring himself to do so. His superior ordered him again, and under threat of death did he comply, only after asking the lifeless body for forgiveness. The blood of Mogen David coated the rapier, changing it to the holy sword that it is today.
According to further scriptures in the Book of Truth, the rapier was never again able to harm an innocent man, but the soldier refused to part ways with it. Then one day he came upon someone who was possessed by a demon of Xodod. The other soldiers with him wanted to slay the man right away and brand him a murderer and seducer of demons, but the soldier with the rapier who's name was Cadius, refused to do so.
"And so, with threats of death behind me and threats of damnation before me, I brought out the blood coated rapier and laid its blade upon the possessed man's shoulder. Speaking calmly I smiled at the distressed man, "In the name of Mogen David who I have helped slay, I forgive you in hopes that I too one day might find forgiveness." The sword then reacted in such a way as I've never seen before, glowing a brilliant white, and cut the demon free from the man. The man bore not a scratch but I was left with a reminder of the cost of mercy that day, a scar down my torso that ever shall I cherish."
- 10:24 Ithlamar, Book of Truth
The sword was further given the name Ithlamar the Redeemer, which is really a repetitious name as Ithlamar is elvish for redeemer. And as you can imagine, it has become regarded as a holy object by the Church of Mogen David.
No one knows what has happened to the sword since those early days. Many treasure hunters have sought for it over the ages with no luck and the Church of Mogen David has offered a substantial reward for anyone who finds and surrenders the sword to them.
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2. Ithlamar in Role Play
Ithlamar is a rapier so you might suspect that it would be able to be used like a rapier. Only, it cannot be used like a normal sword. The sword will do no damage against any target. Its sole purpose is to cut away possession.
If used against a possessed target, the player must declare that his character forgives the target out loud. Obviously the character must truly feel forgiveness, so anything that blocks or nullifies emotion for the character will render Ithlamar useless in attempting to free a possessed target. Once the declaration is made, the wielder would strike the possessed target with Ithlamar. The GM may require a will check here to make certain that the wielder does feel forgiveness, or may simply allow the player to state that he does. Once struck, the possessing spirit will be driven out of the possessed target, freeing the target. Furthermore, that target will not be able to be unwillingly possessed again by the same spirit. As indicated above, the target will bear no wounds from Ithlamar, but the wielder will receive a cut and 25% HP damage.
While Ithlamar is meant for certain possessions, Ithlamar in role play can be used to free any target of any possession. The wielder should understand though that every time Ithlamar is used to free a possession, he or she will receive a new scar.
Ithlamar also can be used defensively. It has a Block of 30 and a Magic Block of 60. It simply cannot be used with any defensive skill that causes damage to the attacker. Ithlamar also protects the wielder from any form of possession or control.
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