Cautiously, he approached the end of the pier. Watching the Goblin in the boat, his eyes glinting like stones of jet, spear in hand, watching, waiting, for any sign of movement below the water.
Sure enough, they came. A quick thrust! Another! A third! Within the space of maybe a second, the Goblin had speared three fish. Large, succulent fish. He longed to try some, but no one dealt with Goblins. Goblins are abominations, daemon-spawn even. The warning of their village priest echoing through his mind. Could he be wrong?
A well designed and crafted spear. Its shaft long and thick, made of a dark, oily wood. Growing only in the deep caves of the Skarsnik Goblins territory.
Fixed to the top end of this pole is a dagger, not just any dagger though. This particular daggers has barbed edges and is longer, as well as thinner than a normal dagger. Specially designed to fish with.
A line of elegant writing runs along the spine of the blade. Highly unusual for goblins. However, these are no ordinary goblins. The same style of writing can be found along the length of the spear-pole.
Skarsnik Nil may appear to be a normal fishing spear, aside from the elvish writing running along the spine of the blade and along the shaft.
The shaft and the blade can be disconnected. Making it easier to retrieve the catch. Much like any other fishing spear. When the parts are separated it ceases to show any sign of magic, the dagger is just a dagger (albeit with barbs), the pole a walking aide. Even the writing fades into obscurity.
Only when the two halves are screwed together and the spear is used to fish do it magical properties become apparent.
This spear will always provide fish, even in ponds, rivers or other bodies of water where there wouldn't usually be any. The wielder will never catch mor than five fish at any one time, to prevent over-fishing.
In addition to always providing slippery, oily nourishment. The spear will not tolerate being used as a malicious tool, or for sport. Should the person using it try to do such a thing, he will very soon find himself wondering why there isn't anything to catch.
Crafted by the tribes master carpenter and blessed by their shaman. This spear was specially made as a gift for Guznal Skarsnik, a young goblin scholar. Seeking to learn more about the other races and attemping to teach them about their customs, views and general way of life. As a way of maybe dispelling the ongoing animosity between them and the rest of the 'civilised' Kingdom.
The current location of Skarsnik Nil is unknown, as is the location and possible fate of its bearer.
I know that I have not made an excellent start here at Strolens Citadel. Allow me to apologise, officially, in writing, here on this submission.
I also hereby dedicate this submission to Silvressa, whose submissions I spitefully down opted in retaliation for my discovered plagiarism. Maybe this will be the start of something new.
Enjoy the submission. Comments and criticism are most welcome.