When I think death and weapons, naturally I think of scythes and sickles—the weapons of choice for the grim reaper. Occasionally, death is pictured with a sword, and…I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this. Enjoy these new, extremely powerful, magical, death-dealing devices.
SWORD OF DEATH PRICE 152,715 gp
Slot none; CL 17th; Weight 8 lbs.
Aura strong necromancy
The sword of death is an elegant, surprisingly understated weapon consisting of a well-made black handle and crossguard and a long, thin, arrow-straight blade of silvered iron.
The sword of death is a fantastic weapon, even without its unique abilities, functioning at all times as a +4 speed longsword. A sword of death additionally overcomes all forms of damage reduction, except DR/—. Additionally, whenever the wielder successfully confirms a critical hit with the sword of death, the target’s regeneration (if any) stops for 1 minute. Even the regeneration of creatures such as the tarrasque, which could not normally be stopped in any way, is affected, though in these cases, the target’s regeneration is compromised but not completely stopped: the target is prevented from recovering hit points due to its regeneration during this time, but still cannot be killed.
Finally, whenever the wielder delivers a coup de grace against a character using the sword of death, if the target dies as a result of the coup de grace, the target is immediately transformed into an undead creature, as though affected by the spell create undead. For the purpose of this ability, the target becomes a random undead creature, and the sword is considered to have met all prerequisites for creating the creature (but is still limited by its caster level of 17). The undead created in this way is not under the wielder’s control, though it never attacks the wielder and can be controlled though normal means, such as by a control undead spell.
None of the sword of death’s unique abilities count as an enhancement bonus equivalent, and it is treated as a +7 weapon for the purposes of the cost of further improving its magical abilities.
Construction Requirements Cost 76,515 gp
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, create undead
SICKLE OF SLAYING PRICE 200,306 gp
Slot none; CL 17th; Weight 4 lbs.
Aura strong enchantment
These sickles are visually indistinct from a simple farmer’s implement, but those who touch them are overwhelmed by an intense dread and sense of doom.
A sickle of slaying is a powerful magical weapon touched by the hand of death and designed to easily kill massive numbers of a specific race of creatures. In addition to functioning as a +1 sickle, each sickle of slaying is tied to a single creature type (and subtype outsiders and humanoids). Whenever the sickle of slaying deals damage to a creature of that type (or subtype), the wielder can attempt to slay that creature as a free action. If the wielder chooses to use this ability, the target suffers 100 points of damage. This extra damage is not subject to damage reduction. If this extra damage is insufficient to slay the target, the sickle of slaying loses its magic for 24 hours, becoming a mundane sickle; otherwise this ability may be used at will.
None of the sickle of slaying’s unique abilities count as an enhancement bonus equivalent, and it is treated as a +1 weapon for the purposes of the cost of further improving its magical abilities.Construction Requirements Cost 100,306 gp
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THE SCYTHE OF THE REAPER PRICE 292,118 gp
Slot none; CL 15th; Weight 10 lbs.
Aura strong transmutation
This dread scythe is obviously magical and glows with a pale light which illuminates nothing at all, but renders the scythe’s wicked blade perfectly visible, even in magical and supernatural darkness. The blade is always sharp, and even a small cut with it displays the scythe’s awesome might as the victim feels his very soul shredding.
The scythe of the reaper is a unique item created by otherworldly forces to ensure the law of death is preserved. In addition to its unique functions, a scythe of the reaper functions as a +5 vorpal scythe. Unlike a normal vorpal weapon, the scythe of the reaper can affect all forms of living creatures with its vorpal ability, including those normally immune to critical hits, even if such creatures have an unusual anatomy or can survive without their heads. Additionally, any character slain by the scythe of the reaper is utterly destroyed, leaving no worldly trace of his body and having his soul imprisoned in an otherworldly dimension, preventing resurrection by any means. Even a wish or miracle spell cannot be used to restore the target’s soul, unless the scythe which killed the target is first tracked down and destroyed.
None of the scythe of the reaper’s unique abilities count as an enhancement bonus equivalent, and it is treated as a +1 weapon for the purposes of the cost of further improving its magical abilities.Construction Requirements Cost 146,218 gp
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