Full Item Description
The Starsword is a broadsword of steel with a hilt encrusted with moonstones and rubies and fitted with a glowstone that will light the way in the deepest darkness, even if the darkness is magicly created.The magic within it makes it as light as a shortsword when used in combat.
Barrowtown was built amongst the barrows of long past where at first many feared to tread, for it was known that wraiths flitted by night amongst the barrows. In time the city aquired two powerful wizards, Andre Pretorious and John Gonville. Unknown to the citizens, Pretorious practised black magic as a sideline. One of these dark spells proved fatal when he summoned a demon who’s name in human speech translated to Doomsday.
Something was wrong with his summoning circle and it did not protect him from being torn into bloodstained pieces.
The demon Doomsday met with the powerful wights of the barrows and partly persuaded them to lead their undead armies from the Otherworld and conquer the human world. But only partly, for rather then commit their full strength they prefered to test the strength of the humans with partial attacks.
Yet even these were very nearly deadly for those humans who fell to the blades of the undead at once rose again and fought against those who had been their friends and comrades. In desperation the survivors turned to John Gonville as their last hope. Gonville was a man of peace who hated war and combat and had allways refused to create magical weapons, but he knew he had to act, for if Barrowville fell to the undead, then the dead lords might decide to throw their full support behind Doomsday, and if that happened, it was likely that there were not enough human warriors to defeat such mighty undead forces.
Yet he still beleaved that life was sacred, so he created a magical sword that, whilst it would strike down the most mighty demon or undead thing, would do no harm to the living, although it would parry blows from the living.
He had it forged of the finest steel, with moonstones and rubies and a glowstone set in the hilt, and he cast his most powerful magic upon it, and gave it to the Sheriff of Barrowtown and told him what to do.
The Sheriff went out and badmouthed Doomsday in front of the very undead lords and kings that he was trying to win over, calling him a coward who could not defeat a human in a one on one fight. Rather then lose his prestige, Doomsday came out to fight, wearing a body made of different parts in various stages of decay, with his claws and a sword from a barrow as his weapon of choice.
The fight was long and the Sheriff was injured badly, but he won the fight and Doomsday’s foul body was hacked to pieces and his spirit shredded into nothingness. With Doomsday gone it was possible to arrange peace terms with the undead lords who much prefered their own realm of the Otherworld to the human one, and the danger was over.
The Queen of Vallermoore heard of the Sheriff’s bravery and summoned him to her capital to be knighted, but he and the few who rode with him were ambushed in one of the mountian passes by bandits and cut down, for the Starsword would not injure his human attackers. After finding the Starsword to be useless to them the bandits sold it to an unsuspecting noble and the weapon vanished.
Against Undead, the bigger they are, the harder they fall, for the weapon will do great damage to undead flesh, bone and spirit, no matter how powerful the undead thing is. If used for too long the blade’s magical power may weaken, but it will strengthen again after a few hours without being used.
Against living people/creatures, it will only parry or block blows and will do no harm, because the wizard who made it beleaved in the sanctity of life. So it is certainly not meant for the average barroom brawl and will be of very little use against living attackers.