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Shadows of Mercy

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These light daggers are the tools of the priests of Death, bringing Her Mercy to those whom suffer.

Full Item Description
While the Shadows of Mercy vary in their appearance and geometry, all are small, slim-bladed knives, polished to a razor’s edge, bearing a black onyx mounted somewhere in the furniture of the weapon. Peculiarly, the blade itself casts no shadow, and is almost weightless in the hand.

History
Kronath, She Who Brings Tranquility, comes in many forms, in many ways, but in the end, She comes to all people, bringing them the ultimate gift of death. So too, do Her priests move among the mortals, to ease the transition from the mortal coil to eternity within the realm of Shadows.

In their rounds, the Priests of Death are known to bear with them certain tools, and though most are ritual, one is known to bring peace to those who suffer. This is the Shadow of Mercy.

Created by ritual within the hidden depths of Her temples, the Shadows of Mercy are forged of the shadow of an icon of Kronath herself, and blessed in the blood of those who expired pure of body. Barely long enough to reach the heart between the ribs, the Shadow of Mercy is quite able to do its job of bringing death to those who require rest.

Magic/Cursed Properties

The Shadow of Mercy should only be used to kill those who are in pain or mental torment, and only when wielded with a clear mind and cold blood. For these people, the kiss of the blade is painless, no matter how it is applied, and death itself is mercifully short and easy, as the dagger effectively summons the attention of the Goddess Who Attends To The End. In any case, it is She who makes the decision to take the life, or to leave it.

Those who wield the Shadow, however, are sworn to never use it in rage or panic, even in defense of the self. Should the Goddess choose not to end the life of the one that the dagger is used against, because he is not suffering or because he has not given up hope, no injury will be caused by her shadow. Instead, many times the pain may be inflicted upon the one who wields the Shadow against the principles of the Goddess of Mercy. While she is less likely to inflict this upon those who make a true mistake, those who wield the weapon as a tool of destruction are likely to suffer very badly indeed.



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Voted Kassil
January 4, 2008, 19:37
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I like these quite a bit; the merciful aspect is a nice touch, as is the notion that it is the goddess who decides the effects, rather than a static power of the weapon alone.

Admittedly, I see a far greater use in applying a curse to it so that it gets stuck being the only weapon a player of the Homicidal Mania style can draw... Might be handy in curbing that mania.

It also has a nice bit of background flavor, given that it is highly unlikely in most games for players to find a use for it, unless scripted into the game.

What would the effect be if used on the undead?
Siren no Orakio
January 4, 2008, 19:45
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"Didn't I do this to you once already, you poor miserable thing? That's a good soul, come home to momma."
Kassil
January 5, 2008, 7:41
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I had a strong suspicion that'd be the answer to that particular question. Handy thing for an undead-hunter, then...
Chaosmark
October 30, 2008, 17:41
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Only assuming the undead fits the requirements above, and the hunter is being an "Angel of Mercy"...
Siren no Orakio
November 2, 2008, 1:07
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This needs certain edits now that the Six are properly submitted and more or less developed... But there is nothing more insulting to Kronath, the Queen of Death, than the existence of undead. They mean someone has been stealing from her domain
Voted Murometz
January 4, 2008, 20:20
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Nice! Dr. Kevorkian would be proud. I very much like these weapons, and their delicious nuance. Also, pretty much what Kassil said.
Voted Cheka Man
January 5, 2008, 12:44
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Something to be used with great care.
Voted MoonHunter
January 5, 2008, 13:55
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While not a tool of the trade, it is an incredible type of items. It is a lovely accessory for your average dark cultist.

Now you should write up the various cults and goddess. That would be an incredible addition.
Voted manfred
January 5, 2008, 14:19
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Kinda scary, kinda cool. Very likeable!

Plus what Muro said. :)
Voted Maggot
January 6, 2008, 0:29
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Voted valadaar
January 7, 2008, 10:20
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Depending upon how good medical magic is, this dagger is very useful and very humane in its own way.
Voted Pariah
October 30, 2008, 19:42
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Voted Chaosmark
October 30, 2008, 21:03
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Voted Ouroboros
November 3, 2008, 8:22
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Euthenasia blades? I do like it. A bit of social commentary woven nicely into that post, too, unless I´m mistaken?
Its an interesting philosophical question, and this post is nicely expended from that foundation. Good one!

/David

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