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January 18, 2007, 5:32 pm

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Scorpion Daggers


A simple knife, designed to hold its poison far longer than a blade with poison simply smeared over it.

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The majority of Scorpion Daggers are simple, thick bladed knives, with small perforations barely visible slightly up from the edge. A small handful have been made for more well-to-do clientele, and are fancier.

The blade itself has been drilled to allow passage of fluid from a chamber within the hollowed handle, controlled by a screw twisted by fore-finger and thumb. 


Comissioned first by the Desert Rangers of Pelenor, who sought a sidearm with effect against the strange beasts of the deserts, the Scorpion dagger has spread slowly through the lands, mostly in the hands of those described as ‘undesirables’.

A variety of poisons, potions, and other unpleasant concoctions may be contained in any given knife, and when found on any who do not bear the authority of the government in one form or another, suspicion of roguedom or assassins always springs to mind.

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Voted MoonHunter
May 29, 2006, 20:48
Excellent non magical weapons. It has some backstory and origin. It is an effective piece.
Voted manfred
May 30, 2006, 3:26
Short and definitely useful. Nice one.
Voted Scrasamax
May 30, 2006, 9:35
Good but short.
Voted Cheka Man
May 30, 2006, 19:25
Don't try and smuggle this through Customs.
Voted valadaar
May 13, 2016, 13:33
Good solid item. Really an iconic item - a safer poison injecting dagger.

I suspect that in a fantasy world where effective blade poisons were more common then ours would also be more likely to have weapons built around them.

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