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Singing Knives


LLorryn of Rydlin crafted charms and magic items over his lifetime. All are known for his trademark, the ringing sound caused by the magic flowing through them. While bards have granted fame to his thirteen Singing blades, among warriors and weaponsmiths, he is best known for his "singing knives".

LLorryn of Rydlin crafted charms and magic items over his lifetime. All are known for his trademark, the ringing sound caused by the magic flowing through them. While bards have granted him immortal fame through his thirteen Singing blades, among warriors and weaponsmiths, he is best known for his "singing knives". He crafted dozens upon dozens of these fine blades. Most are still in use today.

Full Item Description
Each Singing Knife is a long knife of Rydlin Steel. The blades are 9" long (22cms), 1.2" (3cms) wide tapering notably in the last half inch to a wicked point. Both edges are sharp and the blade has a central groove as a blood channel.

Each knife has a blue damascene sheen to them, as do all items of Rydlin Steel. (They are as hard and strong as any modern Rydlin steel.) Their magic can be "seen" if one holds them in sunlight. The blue and damascene patterns is vibrant and brilliant in the light. The crossguards and tiny pommels are made of brushed bronzed steel. Once polished, these pieces gleam like gold. The guards are ovals

Their hilts are special and quite comfortable to use. They are made of the regional black oak, with brushed down steel wire twine inset in the wood in a slow spiral.  The enchantment of the blades has preserved this wood over the centuries. The handles are made in the traditional Rydlin pattern: smoothed yet grooved with finger ripples for firm grip with the traditional wide "thumb divot" for comfortable use. Making such a grip is difficult, but well worth it. Knives so equipped require special familiarity to use, can not be thrown without sever penalty, and grant bonuses to resisting disarms/ take aways/ dropping.

Note: It is said that LLorryn was the first to make guards and hilts of this style. Many scholars dispute that. However, everyone does credit him for making it popular.

The knives will "sing" when moved quickly or after striking something. The Singing Knives will "hum" for a time… much like a tuning fork struck and waved. 

Note: Lets face it, PCs wills start making lightsaber noises, hum, or actually get tuning forks which they will swing around. Encourage it. It makes the weapons more interesting.

These knives are made of Rydlin Steel, so they get those bonuses as well.

These are the most prevalent works of LLorryn of The Singing Steel 2975. He was a master smith who was known during his lifetime as the maker of charms and weapons. His thirteen Singing Swords (see The Singing Blades) brought him fame because of Bardic fondness for them and their flashy wielders. The dozens upon dozens of known Singing Knives bring him undying praise of those who have used him.
Magic/Cursed Properties
The main magic of the Singing Knives, common to all the master smith’s blades, in enhanced speed of strike. They strike like lightning.

This adds to the initiative of the wielder, pluses to quick draw rolls, and grants either pluses to hits or penalties for the dodge/ block rolls. In knives, this will also increase their damage by one step/ one point (1d4+1 or some such)

The wielders have reported increases in their reflexes, agility, and dexterity, while carrying the blades. 

Each one never needs to be sharpened. This alone makes these blades highly prized.

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Voted Cheka Man
September 11, 2006, 17:46
Good but not wonderful.
Voted valadaar
September 11, 2006, 22:24
This really just looks like a cut down version of the 13 blades, which was vastly superior to this submission.
Voted Siren no Orakio
September 11, 2006, 23:31
Actually, I appreciate these very much.

Yes, they are cheap knockoffs of the Singing Blades. That's the ENTIRE POINT. These are not wondrous magical items with tremendous histories. These are the little things that fill a world and make the special things really special. They bring the methods of Llorryn to life. As part of that set, I whole heartedly approve of these.

Even without Llorryn, they set a new standard for 'special but not magic'. It is a masterwork weapon that goes beyond '+1 to hit'. This is good. This is the kind of thing that is most useful to me as a DM. Thank you, Moonhunter.
Voted manfred
September 12, 2006, 3:39
Oh yes, because there is some chance the PCs can get their hands on one of these, long before they even see one of the Singing Blades. So they will get a taste of those amazing weapons, but without those great abilities bards sing about. Note that the knives are still useful on their own.

Oh, and: because of greater numbers, I can imagine there would be many more fakes floating around, than for the Swinging Blades which are easy to identify. Get a knife with a bluish sheen (or paint it), add a humming cantrip, voila! Man, what a business, if you manage to hide soon enough...
Voted Scrasamax
September 12, 2006, 9:08
sometihng I just happened to think of, the flashy metal and the sound it makes means that these knives, and by extension the swords, out of favor among thieves and cutpurses. No good in having a weapon that lets people know where you are, except for a bit of intimidation factor. I actually like the knives better than I like the swords, since I can more easily incorporate the knives into a setting as compared to the more individual and unique swords.
Voted Murometz
September 12, 2006, 9:30
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August 5, 2007, 3:23
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