Sword Seeks Human Champion to Destroy Lolth
Aerifrial is an ancient and nearly indestructible weapon created by a well-meaning cabal of eladrin. It now seeks out a human champion to wield it who is worthy of fighting on the behalf of the fey. The goal of the sword is to eventually ask its wielder to willingly meld his or her mind to Aerifrial, the spirit of the sword, so they can become “one” in their efforts to find a way to destroy the drow and Lolth, demon queen of spiders. This is meant to bring mankind and the fey closer together and to aid in the sword’s efforts to make the world a better place. The sword, infused with a silvery sliver of the life force of Corellon, god of the fey, strives to protect eladrin, elves, and other fey creatures from harm, as well as those humans who are aligned to their cause. It continuously attempts to further that god’s agenda in the world. Should any fey creature ever prove to be evil, though—by committing more than one evil act or by committing a very heinous act—the sword will order its wielder to smite that creature as well. Lighter and stronger than adamantine, Aerifrial is indestructible by normal means. It is thought, though, that if one were to convince the god Corellon, who helped create it, to utter magic words to pull his sliver of essence from it, it would lose its special properties. Other ways may exist to destroy it as well, but they are not readily known and will require extensive research to determine.
For the DM:
Originally designed for the generic Points of Light setting or Forgotten Realms, Aerifrial can easily be adapted to other settings. Simply change the name of the god Corellon to some other, alternate god.
Aerifrial, infused with a sliver of the essence of a god, is made from a silvery fey substance that has never been replicated. It is both elegant and light with a cross-guard fashioned into the shape of a bird of prey. The hilt is made of pure silver. It is capable of creating its own dim glow, and it reflects both sunlight and moonlight whenever it is exposed to them. Tiny jewels encrust its pommel and cross-guard with some sort of arcane symbol at the base of its blade (as if etched into it) that always glows faintly blue .
Aerifrial is a +3 cloaked long sword with the following additional properties and powers:
Item Slot: weapon (main hand)
Requirement: See “sword preferences” section, below.
Enhancement: Attack rolls and damage rolls
Critical: +3d6 damage
Property: If you are not eladrin you gain a +5 bonus to saving throws against charm effects.
Property: You can speak and understand the elven language and read the rellanic script
Property: The wielder of Aerifrial receives a +5 to diplomacy rolls when dealing with any sentient fey creature that is good aligned or unaligned.
Power (encounter * divine, healing): Minor action, you can spend a healing surge.
Power (encounter * teleportation): Move action, personal, teleport up to 5 squares (same as fey step).
Power (at-will * arcane): Free action. The sword is capable of instantly creating dim light at the request of its wielder or on its own. This light fills a 2-square radius. The sword or the wielder can put out the light as a free action.
The sword prefers to be wielded by a good-aligned human, one who is strong and capable of wielding a long sword and who is an effective fighter. To determine the sword’s initial concordance use this criteria:
1) The sword will prefer a good aligned character (worth 5 points of concordance), a lawful good character as its second choice (worth 2 points), and an unaligned character as its last choice (worth 0 points). It will immediately be angered if it senses an evil PC has grasped it (set initial concordance of the sword to 0 no matter what other criteria the wielder meets).
2) It will prefer a human wielder (worth 5 points of concordance) or a half-elf wielder (worth 3 points), but will tolerate the temporary possession of an eladrin, elf, or dragonborn (worth 0 points) until a worthy candidate of one of those two races becomes available. Until then, it never rises above “satisfied” concordance (12 total) with its temporary wielder. Also, it will immediately be unsatisfied (set initial concordance to 1 no matter what other criteria the wielder meets) if a teifling or member of any other race attempts to claim it.
3) The sword will prefer a fighter (worth 4 points of concordance) over a paladin or warlord (worth 2 points) or a ranger (worth 1 point). It will immediately be unsatisfied (set initial concordance to 1 no matter what other criteria the wielder meets) if a wizard or warlock or member of any other class attempts to claim it, or if anyone who attempts to claim it lacks the proficiency of long sword.
4) When comparing individuals (after adding up score totals for numbers 1-3 above), the sword will prefer the PC with the higher strength as long as he/she otherwise qualifies to wield the sword (worth 1 point per strength bonus).
If at any time the sword comes across a different PC or NPC who fits its preferences closer than its current wielder, it will likely tell its wielder that it must “move on” to that person.
Arcana, Religion, or History DC16: Aerifrial was created a thousand-plus years ago by a well-meaning cabal of eladrin who, at that time, were in a war with the drow, but losing. The creation of the weapon allowed them to enlist the aid of a human champion who then gathered a great host of human followers. With their combined strength, the remaining eladrin defeated the drow. The weapon prefers to be in the possession of a human with great strength and good intentions, as well as skill with a long sword and who looks favorably upon the fey. The sword’s goal is to defeat drow and other evil fey as well as Lolth, while protecting all other fey.
Arcana, Religion, or History DC21: The sword is infused with a sliver of the god Corellon’s essence, which makes it nearly indestructible. The personality of the sword can be quite amicable and helpful if it approves of its wielder. It can also speak in the mind of its wielder, and hear its wielder’s thoughts, and eventually, it will ask to join minds with the wielder.
Arcana, Religion, or History DC25: In addition to Corellon’s essence, the sword contains the soul and personality of Aerifrial, a female eladrin cleric from the cabal that created the sword. She willingly allowed this to happen as a selfless act to protect her people and god. It was one of the greatest selfless acts ever performed by an eladrin or cleric. Until the sword is destroyed she will never be allowed to join her beloved god in the afterlife, a cruel punishment for someone such as she.
Arcana, Religion, or History DC30: The only known way to destroy the sword and release Aerifrial’s spirit from its imprisonment is to convince the god Corellon, who helped create it, to utter magic words that will pull his essence from the sword. He will only willingly agree to do this if the threat of the drow is completely over (i.e. Lolth is defeated).
Goals of The Sword of Fey:
* To assist and protect any good-aligned and unaligned fey creature in any manner possible so long as that creature’s causes are in keeping with their alignment and they are not actively promoting evil.
* To cultivate beauty in the world and to protect it.
* To seek out lost magical items, forgotten rituals and ancient works of art that may have been inspired by Corellon and deposit them into the safekeeping of good-aligned fey or a priest of Corellon.
* Thwart the followers of Lolth at every opportunity.
* Attach itself to a human hero of honor, action, and great deeds.
* To defeat and destroy Lolth.
Roleplaying The Sword of Fey:
Aerifrial is warm and kind toward its wielder as long as the wielder is bettering him or herself toward the sword’s ideal and striving to meet the sword’s expectations. She will continually offer helpful opinions and advice, encouraging her wielder to do his or her best, especially if it involves pursuing one of the weapon’s goals. Aerifrial is overly optimistic to the point of being annoying. She is quite syrupy, cheerful, and overly wise, and much more chatty and communicative than most other artifacts. She cooperates closely with her wielder as long as that wielder is not actively attempting to commit an evil act or going against her tenants. Should this happen, the sword will become sharp-tongued, even disdainful. All the while she will continue to spout syrupy and optimistic advice and attempt to convince her wielder to repent his or her distasteful ways.
“I am a great champion of humankind and the most beloved of the fey, and a companion to the sword. I am one with my fey brothers and sisters and Aerifrial. I also follow Corellon.”
The sword is clearly in tune with its wielder at this point, and together they’re advancing the cause of both fey and humans who are aligned with fey. Their minds have melded to become one.
Property: The sword’s enhancement increases to +4
Critical: +4d6 damage
Power (daily * divine): Standard action, close burst 5, all creatures in the burst except allies and the wielder are affected, strength vs. fortitude. You can stab your sword into the ground and instantly entangle an area with existing wild growth (must be an area with growing grasses, roots, vines and/or trees). The entangled area lasts until the end of the encounter. Hit: the victims are immobilized for one turn. Victims must then make saving throws to move at slowed speed until they exit the area. Miss: The victims must make saving throws to move at slowed speed while in the affected area. Effect: any enemies entering or reentering the affected area must continue to make saves to move at slow speed.
Special: An exarch or angel in the service of Corellon might occasionally appear near the sword to give you prophetic guidance or send you on a quest. It won’t fight for you.
“I’ve become a staunch ally of the fey and a grand protector of the arts. Let Lolth’s minions quail in fear.”
The sword now trusts the wielder. Aerifrial is willing to do its wielder’s bidding with few arguments. She reveres his opinions and will work closely with him, even willing to breach some disobedience if the wielder can convince her that it serves the fey in a greater way.
Property: You gain wild step (ignore difficult terrain when you shift).
Power (daily * martial, weapon): Standard action, melee, targets one creature, strength vs. AC. Hit: 3 [W] + strength modifier damage. Allies within 5 squares of you gain a +1 power bonus to all defenses until the end of the encounter. Effect: allies within 5 squares of you gain temporary hit points equal to 5 + your charisma modifier.
“Aerifrial seeks my unwavering support, but I must still prove myself.”
The blade is cautious with its wielder and not sure if it can trust him or her yet. Aerifrial interferes and sometimes argues with the wielder, but is not unfriendly. She can be annoying, but has good intentions. She is constantly offering “helpful” advice and opinions and believes she knows best.
“The sword is disappointed with me and looks to move on.”
If the wielder does not change his ways soon, the sword will soon leave. Aerifrial will constantly argue with him or her, offering up snide and derisive remarks and reminding him or her of shortcomings and failures.
Special: You take a -2 penalty to attack and damage rolls against any creatures other than Lolth worshipers. This applies whether or not you are using or even holding the blade.
Angered (0 or lower):
“I am not a worthy of the fey or the sword. The sword despises me.”
The wielder is not meeting the sword’s expectations, and it will not stay in his or her possession for long. It will argue with its wielder and distract the wielder to no end, constantly counting off the ways in which he or she has become a disappointment and failure. It is out-and-out angry with him or her.
Property: The sword’s enhancement bonus drops to +2
Critical: Drops to +2d6 damage
Property: You lose the +5 diplomacy bonus
Power: You can no longer use fey step.
Special: You take a -5 penalty to attack rolls and damage rolls against any creatures that are not servants of Lolth. This applies to whether or not you are actually using or even holding the blade.
“Aerifrial tells me she is needed elsewhere in someone else’s hands.”
If at least satisfied with her current wielder, Aerifrial explains that she is needed elsewhere and wishes to find and develop another champion of the fey, but she hopes her current owner will continue to support the fey. As long as the person pledges to uphold this continued support, she will leave behind a normal +3 cloaked long sword in her place. This weapon will have the mark of Corellon on it and continue to give the wielder a +5 to diplomacy rolls when dealing with any sentient fey creature of good or unaligned alignment.