For our last preview this week of the Book of the Faithful: The Worshiping Swords we bring you the whole entry of Arcanus Neutralus, the Neutral aligned sword dedicated to defeating but not killing arcane spellcasters and help them to follow the will of the goddess of magic. The Worshiping Swords will be available next week from Jon Brazer Enterprises.
Tusara of the Nimble Treeclimbers worshiped the elven goddess of magic and devoted her life to following the deity. When she came of age, she chose to be a priestess of the deity. The goddess blessed Tusara by opening her eyes to the widespread indifference many arcanists showed towards their patron deity. Good or evil, law-abiding or rebel it did not matter. All bent the magical power granted to them by the goddess to their own will, never regarding the deity’s desires. The deity charged Tusara with helping them to see the error of their ways and to bring them into a more active worship and appropriate pondering of the goddess’ teachings.
Tusara began her holy quest at first explaining to every mage she came upon the desires of the goddess. She quickly found some willing to obey and many more resistant to the message the priestess bore. In her youth, she allowed those that resisted to pass without consequence. The goddess blessed the young priestess for her faithfulness and her progress but continued to urge the priestess to be more forceful with those that would not follow. As she grew in years and in power, Tusara challenged any arcanist that would not peacefully agree to the deity’s call to worship to a duel until one yielded. Most often she won, but the few that bested her held to their end of the deal and did not kill her. All save one.
She knew that the lich Bakonair would be the greatest test of her faith and power. Words failed to change Bakonair’s mind and the two fought. When Tusara realized that she had failed, she yielded. The cruel undead gave full display of his treachery and pressed his attack. After the priestess’ death, the goddess’ anger burned and smote the lich out of existence. Tusara’s body was never seen from again. A mysterious blade appeared in the goddess’ inner sanctum of one of her temples several days later. The blade confirmed that it possesses the soul of Tusara and was here to continue her work in life.
N +5 speed mage bane elven curved blade
Aura Strong abjuration; CL 15th
Slot none; Price 221,680 gp; Weight 7 lbs;
Senses 120 ft, read magic;
Communication telepathy; Languages Common, Elven, Draconic;
3/day – dispel magic, sanctuatry (Will negates DC 16)
Dedicated power At will – antimagic field
Purpose Defeat arcane spellcasters
Int 15 Wis 20 Cha 12
Skills Diplomacy +11, Spellcraft +7
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, antimagic field, dispel magic, haste, read magic, sanctuary, summon monster I, caster must possess 5 ranks in Spellcraft and 10 ranks in Diplomacy; Cost 110,840 gp