Crafted by the great dwarven smith Thurg Ironskull and the elven mage Sillainalanthalas, Stonecleave is a simple mattock crafted from a single immense lump of silver ore. It was devised and created to aid the creation of new homes for dwarves and elves alike, as Thurg imbued it, through dwarven skill, with the magic of shaping the stone, and Sillain enchanted it to shape the soil without harming living things.
The top of the mattock, along the cutting edge, is worked to resemble the deep stone; as the eye travels down the mattock’s handle, the details gradually pass through layers of strata, eventually becoming a delicate work of grass, each blade carefully detailed, at the very end of the handle.
Unfortunately for the incredible labor put into it by Thurg and Sillain, Stonecleave was lost during the wars which later broke out between the two races, resurfacing now and then in acts of both heroism and villainy, from being used to carve a tunnel to let refugees escape from a newly erupting volcano to being used to undermine and collapse the walls of castles during revolutions.
Stonecleave cannot actually be used to draw blood or harm anyone; if swung at a living creature, it will pass harmlessly through them as if it were an illusion, aside from leaving the victim with a brief sensation of incredible density.
When applied against stone or soil, however, Stonecleave effortlessly carves through it, flawlessly absorbing the rock and dirt into itself as a kind of mystical fuel. In the hands of a skilled miner or sapper, Stonecleave allows a full day of work to be completed in a single hour. Oddly, the blade will not work on stone that has already been shaped through other means, preventing Stonecleave from simple cutting down a wall or scything a door into a sealed space.