Much would depend of course on the mastery of its creator. A powerful variant could make people touch intuitively the flat sides of the blade, and mask the cold feeling of steel, etc, etc.
However, as I imagine a "common" weapon at hand, those that already know it and are somewhat attuned, will be able to see the sword inside of the stick, if unclear. Now comes the random person, a finds there is something weird about that stick (cutting itself, or being fought with).
_My_ take on would be this: if a person has a chance to take a careful look at the stick, with all the suspicion, even better if it can be touched, it could see through the illusion to a small degree and get a glimpse of the sword. This would not persist, but could recognize it later easier. If the person does not have a chance for a careful evaluation of it (for example in combat when it is wildly swung here and there) the sword will stay hidden.
But that is my take on, you may choose your own.
(Oh, and: accidentally picking up a stick, a hero may choose it if there is nothing else to defend with, and find it surprisingly durable. Could be fate. :) ) Go to Comment
A great item with only one small point to iron out. There should be some kind of magic holding the sword's edge sharp and true or at least keeping it from wear. Using the sword point for the tip of a walking stick tends to wear the point out. Go to Comment
There are quite a few illusion spells that take care of sounds, one a simple as to make the impact of the metal sound like an impact of wood would almost be weak enough to call a cantrip. If it's on all the time, in a sword fight the weapon will sound like a club. Disconcerting, but accurate. Go to Comment
This is one of those items that are not epic, nor overly special, but a solid functional thing that someone in a game world would create (and create a couple of them). Like the generic +2 weapon, the hidden weapon, would be in mages portfolio of possible enchantments.
Actually a weapon that would work for this is a longbow. If unstrung, it can function as a walking staff. Once strung, it still can work as one, but just not as well. Go to Comment
For a shortsword and a rapier, these are valid points. However do realize that for medium-sized figures, a walking cane would be of longsword size.
Now in general you do not use the point of a longsword, but instead most people tend to slash their oponents using the side of the blade. Therefor, it is not to problametic if the point becomes dull and blunt. It is the sides you use for fighting.
Hmmm, you know what would look realy silly? Lets just put the walking cane in a scabard ;+)) Go to Comment
I see one problem however. With the idea of it being used to switch with a real club as mention earlier. The weilder would know what it was when they picked it up. If not then they would not be able to determine who to cut or slash or pierce with it. As soon as someone not familiar with it They would see the ruse.
You trip and fall and it tumbles from your hand. A passerby helps you up and picks up the ctick cutting their hand and seeing the weapon. What would happen then I wonder? Go to Comment
Excellent idea. I like the actual description of the ring and could use that alone. It is very powerful and, perhaps to make it easier to use in a campaing, I would pick and choose of all the described powers. Great idea with tons of options. Go to Comment
Well, it does emanate some of its power even when it is not worn by anyone, so I'd be careful even of wearing it around.
And yes, it is intended to be powerful, and unique... and bringing many, many complications with it. :) So be careful if you use it, and have the means prepared for getting rid of it. Worst case, you can still use it as a legend and tease your players with it's existence. ;) Go to Comment
Personally, I see it as a godly artifact, a symbol of nature that doesn't need to be recharged in any way. But... if all things are balanced out, there will be less life somewhere else. You could create massive changes in the natural world, just by moving the ring. Go to Comment
i know i am just typing my thoughts but this will be very useful for a npc i have given a uncurable condition that is slowly killing him. .....where am I? who are you? the shnoz berries taste like shnoz berries. Go to Comment
I like the description of the item, and it sparked many thoughts for my campaign.
An additive thought on an alternate creation.
To Create/recharge it, it sucks the life-force from everything within miles, creating dead-zones, with small magically protected circles of life in the center.
This can be especially useful for a necromancer, or any evil villain wishing to start his own empire of abundance by destroying the neighboring empire to feed his. Like an Fantastic A-bomb of death and life. Use it against your enemy's armies. and bolster your crops.
Plot Hook - Zones of death have been appearing through out the countryside like crop circles. Nothing remains alive. Go to Comment