Login or register. (You can now login/register with your social networks.)

Melee Weapons
9 Votes


Hits: 6025
Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Rating: 3.8333
Condition: Normal
ID: 420


January 18, 2007, 4:49 pm

Vote Hall of Honour

You must be a member to use HoH votes.
Author Status


Print Friendly and PDF

Phoenix Talon


The silver and gold longsword of a knight of flame.

This sword is long and straight, with a single edge and a curved tip, built for slashing. It has the elegant balance of an elven weapon, light and deceptively easy to handle. The slender blade is polished to a brilliant, silvery sheen, and it is inset with a series of connected, golden runes. An incredibly ancient, and now forgotten, elvish script, should these runes be read, they will be found to read, “And thus is the end of the cycle, and its beginning.”

Magical Properties:

When a Knight of Zevarith is offered up to his Lord for rebirth in the Holy Flame, so too are his arms. His sword and armor are anointed with holy oils, and built into the fire that rages first at the knight’s feet, then about his body. As the Knight is reborn, so too are his tools.

The Phoenix Talon is the sword that was offered up with Searren Flametongue. Originally a longsword of elvish manufacture, it was the blade that the young elf grew up with, learning the art of swordsmanship that his people placed such honor upon. Once Zevarith was done imparting his Fire to the man’s eyes and spirit, he turned his attention first to the sword. The shape of the blade, and the reverence with which it had been treated in the now abandoned portion of the Elf’s life pleased the god, and rather than completly remake it, he touched his will to it, runes of molten flame etching themselves, then solidifying into gold.

Like all blades of the Flame God, the Phoenix Talon may wreathe itself in holy flame when commanded, signifcantly increasing the damage it deals via the flame.

However, it is against the undead that it has its true effect. When the Phoenix Talon strikes down the aware undead, and frees their battered soul from the ties that bind, the attention of the Lord of Flame and Rebirth is drawn to them. Often, it is that they are sent onwards, not to the afterlife, but to life again, to be reincarnated and reborn, to live the life that should be theirs to the end.

Additional Ideas (0)

Please register to add an idea. It only takes a moment.

Suggested Submissions

Join Now!!

Gain the ability to:
Vote and add your ideas to submissions.
Upvote and give XP to useful comments.
Work on submissions in private or flag them for assistance.
Earn XP and gain levels that give you more site abilities.
Join a Guild in the forums or complete a Quest and level-up your experience.
Comments ( 9 )
Commenters gain extra XP from Author votes.

January 19, 2004, 17:56
This introduces an interesting slant on the undead. The most terrifying thing about one slain by a vampire or taken by the Devil is that they are forever damned (in Dracula, the characters' main concern is that Lucy will not reach heaven; in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, Faust cannot repent and be forgiven for he loses his soul). This item offers them a chance to have that afterlife they so desire. I envision repentant vampires actually seeking out Searren to ask for his "services" in helping them make the final transition...It brings up the interesting moral dilemma of euthanasia, especially if the undead in question was (in life) close to the character who wields the sword. For me that's what lifts this item away from simply being a glorified "sword +n vs undead" to being a thought-provoking and original submission.

And flaming swords always look cool too.

January 19, 2004, 21:35
Crap! Eph said everything that I thought of!
Well, then you already know what I was going to say.
Barbarian Horde
January 30, 2004, 20:16
This is a pretty good item, but there isn't really anything "really" unique about it. THe history is good, and the descriptions sounds awesome!, but there is not too much unique about it's properties.

From Tim Redfern
October 20, 2004, 9:10
Not unique? You gotta be kidding. How many other swords are there that give undead another shot at life?
October 20, 2004, 9:40
I have to agree with Maggot here. Tim did we read the same item?
Barbarian Horde
January 16, 2005, 19:00
I must agree with Maggot and MoonHunter on this one. It was an origanally thought out weapon and deserves credit.
Voted Scrasamax
August 4, 2013, 11:39
I like the bit about the undead getting a second shot at what was taken from them
Voted Shadoweagle
August 27, 2013, 4:50
The undead rebirth is a nice touch, although it seems only handy as a lore aspect for games. I wonder if - when these swords are pilfered or looted - the flames could be commanded by the new owner. Perhaps the flames would backfire to someone with whom the sword does not belong, burning the hands of the illicit wielder.
Siren no Orakio
August 27, 2013, 6:44
Searren's and Celsia's equipment are both boons of the Six Who Are - Where people are concerned, they and their items and holy places just exist, without care for mortals. If anyone wants to turn the sword into a gout of flame, they can go right ahead. There's no backlash or curse, just the natural consequences of wrapping your hands around a divinely fueled fire.

Link Backs

Random Idea Seed View All Idea Seeds

Wet Faeries

       By: Murometz

Sages and naturalists frown at the common name given to these strange creatures by the small folk, but sometimes the silliest nicknames for creatures, places and people persevere in the minds of many. “Purifiers”, “Pond Jellies”, “Breath-Stealers”, “Lung-Ticklers” and “River Butterflies” are much less commonly heard appellations for these life forms. Wet Faeries are basically (and simply) a species of fist-sized, fresh-water jellyfish. Several traits steer them toward the peculiar category however. Firstly, Wet Faeries are nearly invisible in the water, much like their marine cousins but even more so. One can swim in a river swarming with these critters and not even notice their presence. Secondly, they possess the unique ability to clean and purify whatever body of water they inhabit. They do this via some sort of biological filtration process, sucking in all toxins present in the water, and releasing it back in its purest form. Needless to say, they are both a blessing and a curse to whichever folk dwell beside the rivers and lakes Wet Faeries inhabit. On one hand, no purer water can be found anywhere than a Wet Faerie lake or pond, and yet, in “pure” water “life” tends in fact to die out, lacking the needed nutrients to prosper. Thirdly, their “sting” is (unfortunately) virulently poisonous to all mammalians. Wet Faeries are loathe to sting anyone or anything, using their barbed fronds as a last line of defense, but if stung, most swimmers will suffer respiratory arrest, and die within minutes, usually drowning before they can make it back to shore.

Alchemists, druids, and less savory characters have studied these creatures over the years, and have predictably found all the ways Wet Faeries could be exploited. Morbidly humorous, some bards find it, that the Poisoners and Assassins Guilds as well as the Healer’s Union, all prize these creatures. The assassins use the extracted venom in obvious fashion, while the priests and healers use the still-living jelly-fish to sterilize other poison potions and to cure those already poisoned on death’s door.

It is known that a certain Earl Von Trumble keeps his vast castle moat stocked with Wet Faeries, the waters so clear that every bone of every one of his past enemies can be clearly seen on the bottom, twenty two feet below.

Encounter  ( Any ) | June 20, 2014 | View | UpVote 5xp

Creative Commons License
Individual submissions, unless otherwise noted by the author, are licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
and requires a link back to the original.

We would love it if you left a comment when you use an idea!
Powered by Lockmor 4.1 with Codeigniter | Copyright © 2013 Strolen's Citadel
A Role Player's Creative Workshop.
Read. Post. Play.
Optimized for anything except IE.