Full Item Description
Andorana's dirge is a beatifully crafted dagger, its blade long and intricately folded into a series of serpentine folds and bizaare fluting, and decorated with a series of symbols, that, properly interpreted, prove out to be a short, but solemnly poignant verse of music.
Many years ago, a musician with a ragged and haunted look in his eyes came unto Clan Ironspirit, and requested audience with the Master of the forge. Awake at the time, Adan Ironspirit himself attended to the man, as he requested, 'The woman I loved, Andorana, has been slain, and I seek a tool of vengance.'
For many moments, the Eldest Smith considered the man, before he said, finally, 'And vengance you shall have, and this shall be the price. You shall give unto me your pipe, and you shall compose the requiem of your love, and you shall sing it unto me as I labor.'
And so, it was done. Adan took the flute, and from it, he made the twisted blade of a dagger, such that when it was wielded in combat, it would sing the very song sung to him in the heat of his forge. And he gave it unto the songsmith, and said, 'Go, and have thy love's vengance.'
And so, the man left, and sought out the one whom he blamed for his lover's death. And in time, the dagger was found, two dead men slain by it, both twisted by the marks of the dagger, and by a terrible sorrow, one that would not relax even in death.
Whenever wielded in anger or vengance, Andorana's Dirge will sing forth the dark emotions of all parties involved, filling both attacker and defender with rage and grief, and if a third party is involved, their (remembered) sorrow as well. Unless the attacker can master these emotions, he will turn upon himself once his victim is fallen, in a rush of overpowering grief and guilt.
The song of Andorana's dirge is dreadfully beautiful, and onlookers can only watch, captivated by the dark song's heavenly horror, unless they too, can break the hold of those emotions.
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Very, very nicely done. I definitely like this item, as it is something that forces growth within any character that uses it, else the character dies. Good job.
Like so many of Siren's posts, I really like it. It is a balanced item with a good background.
A weapon that you have to be careful with in case it turns on you.
It doesn't turn on you... it just makes you feel the full effect turning it on someone else.
Ooops, forgotten to vote.
While I find the description of the dagger hard to visualize (is it a normal dagger with designs and such on it or is it a collection of blades, flanges, loops and such?) The backstory is great and this is a nice take on the Singing Sword motif. Nice work.
Wow. The simplicity of the description belies a deep and complex item. The description is the perfect amount (except maybe as Scras said the physical appearance but that is never the most important thing) to give you enough depth and understanding to bring the weapon into your world. What a great concept too!
Manfred said it well and that is the true power/sorrow of the weapon.
All the more reason to have _your_ magic items checked by a certified professional...
I could see the most jaded of murderers enjoying this item, for it would allow them to feel something where perhaps they no longer could normally.
But that would not stop them, no. Simply providing the exquisite sorrow that their cold heart could resist.