originally posted by Kalthadrix
Here is a somewhat revised version of Stonecutter- I believe that most of what has been added is the historical information and background on the blade.
I left the time of creation and place somewhat vague- partly due to the fact that I could not find the expanded timelione on the message board nor could I locate the system of naming the years in my books- I just did not take enought time to look through them all.
It is unknown how or when the huge statue known as the Obsidian Man was created. It has been theorized through the centuries that the force that inhabits the stone body of in fact one of the most ancient Spirits of the Land on Athas, who’s essence was cunningly trapped within the physical prison of the statue. Others have thought that it is actually a force created by Athas itself to punish those who have despoiled the land. Whatever its origins, the Obsidian Man is a neigh unstoppable, a fact discovered almost 5,000 years ago during the 130th King’s Age in the year of Friend’s Slumber by the ancient and now lost city-state known as the Crown City .
The Crown City was the peaceful and quite seat of King Rathart until it came under attack in the dead of night by a huge obsidian monstrosity. The Obsidian Man hammered down one of the cities twenty-foot thick walls like child’s play and it began the slaughter of the cities citizens before the dust settled. In an effort to stop the creature, the High Masters of Magic, the Way, and the Elemental Lords came together and with their combined power, moved the creature hundreds of miles away, to the top of the peak known as the High Crown Mountain. Feeling secure in their success, the city began the process of returning to its quite life. Acting on a whim several days later, one of the cities psionicists decided to locate the creature that had so recently brought chaos to the Crown City, and discovered that the creature was once again moving toward the city wit a single-minded purpose.
Once more, the powers of the mind, arcane, and elements came together to pluck the colossus creature from the earth, but this time it was hurled forcefully onto the jagged peaks of the High Crown. Acting quickly, the armies of the Crown City were gathered and the whole force of 10,000 was marched through huge portals to the very foot of the mountain where the obsidian thing was hurled.
There, the Obsidian Man and the fragile flesh of the Crown Cities warriors met. The human warriors were almost no match against the hulking force that inhabited the statue. During that night, hundreds died, pulped by the huge fists of the Obsidian Man, before the creature was reduced to a pile of broken rubble. Morning their comrades, but rejoicing in their success, the human force celebrated their victory all the next morning and afternoon. The following night, the horrific bloodbath began again as the army of the Crown City was taken unaware by the reformed Obsidian Man. Hundreds more died before the creature was laid low again.
Scholars were consulted and elemental powers beseeched, and finally a plan of sorts was formed.
Shards of the creatures obsidian body were collected and magically transported back to the Crown City where the mystical and psionic might gathered there, bent all their energies on forging a solution. For ten days and nights they labored on their hope and salvation, and for those ten nights the army of the Crown City met the creature. The death toll each evening was horrific, but the dawn of each day found the mortal forces holding the unstoppable creature at a standstill.
On the thirteenth day of blood and death, Stonecutter was delivered to the field of battle, and none too soon, for the sun was sinking and the Obsidian Man was soon to rise up again. Believing that victory was soon to be within their grasp, a majority of the remaining soldiers were withdrawn back to the foothills below the High Crown Mountain, leaving over 6,000 dead on the field and two companies of volunteers to hold the creature as Stonecutter was brought to bear. On this night, the battle began differently, with the hulking form of the obsidian statue moving toward the human force with apparent caution. The force took heart at this sight and charged into battle, Stonecutter leading the way and wielded by the King’s Champion. The black blade of the sword made a slow, deep thudding sound as it was carried forth into battle. The first stroke of the blade cut deeply into the stony flesh of the creature, sinking in like a hot knife in slicing through butter. Bolstered by the power of the weapon, the King’s Champion waded in, only to be smashed to the ground as the Obsidian Man surged forth suddenly to meet this challenge. While Stonecutter was highly effective against the monstrous obsidian statue, it offered nothing in the way of protection from the flesh pulping blows that smashed into the soft human flesh wielding it.
So it went, with the warriors fighting for all their worth, taking up Stonecutter whenever the last wielder was smashed to the ground. Soon, only fifty men remained standing upon the mountainside. Looking upon the battle from the Crown City, the High Masters of Magic, the Way, and the Elemental Lords feared that their efforts had been in vain and once again pooled the whole of their remaining strength in a final attempt to stop the creature.
Upon the battlefield, the latest to take up the burden of Stonecutter was none other then the aged Field Marshal of the army. Old as he was, the veteran soldier had so far evaded the creature’s blows longer and inflected more punishment then all the others whom had taken up the blade that night. Believing that one more concentrated assault upon the creature would finish this battle for good, the aged Field Marshal lead the way into the fight once again. Just as humans and obsidian were to clash again, the High Crown Mountain exploded! This was the final strike from those looking on from the Crown City.
The resulting explosion ripped the top off of the mountain and poured rivers of molten lave upon the thousands of dead, the surviving soldiers, the Field Marshal, Stonecutter, and the Obsidian Man. Everything was quickly consumed in the eruption and the shattered mountain smoked and seethed for weeks afterwards. When the remains of the High Crown Mountain settled, the area was scoured for any sign of the Obsidian Man or the blade Stonecutter, but nothing was discovered. The High Crown Mountain was renamed after the explosion, and has been called the Smoking Crown from that day forth.
When the Obsidian Man of Urik was uncovered roughly ninety-seven years ago during the year of Wind’s Reverence, Hamanu decided to send an excavation team back to the area that the giant statue was discovered. The force he sent out consisted of 20 templars, 100 half-giant guardsmen, and 300 light and medium calvary, also with excavators, engineers, and slaves to do the manual labor. After several weeks of digging in the area where the Obsidian Man was found, they unearthed another interesting discovery. There, encased in the obsidian, was a human skeleton, holding a greatsword of rather unusual make and design. Knowing that Hamanu would want this item brought back to Urik immediately, two thirds of the fighting force began the march back to the city-state.
The blade never made it into the city. Sometime during the night of the second day of travel, the sword was stolen by one of the human soldiers; secreted right out of the High Templar’s guarded tent and out of the heavily warded chest that the sword was traveling in.
In the year’s sense, it has not been seen again.
The High Templar, after some rather heavy handed questioning, revealed all that he had been able to discover from the blade before it was taken.
Stonecutter is just over five feet in length, with the hilt making up about a foot of the total length to provide it’s wielder a strong and secure grip in battle. The blade is formed by a single piece of obsidian, polished smooth and as straight as a steel blade. The obsidian of the blade reflects no light from its smooth surface. This weapon is also very dull and blunt, having nothing in the way of a sharp edge to it. The tip of the blade does come to a sharp point, but due to the length of the blade it is almost worthless as a thrusting weapon. Stonecutter’s crossguard is just over six inches wide and is made of a very dense lacquered bone decorated with some silver gilding in the form of vines. The hilt is made from the same material as the crossguard and is wrapped with faded blue leather strips. Finally the pommel is rounded, like the end of a bone and has its center carved out in the shape of a circle. The whole of the hilt and crossguard was in ages past, the scepter of rulership held by all of the king’s of the Crown City. It is through the latent power residing within these pieces of bone that bind the shards of obsidian taken from the Obsidian Man together to forge the blade.
In it’s present state, Stonecutter is a +1 obsidian greatsword, bane vs. constructs. Stonecutter does not suffer from the penalties associated with weapons made from inferior materials. In addition, his blade inflicts bludgeoning damage, with a critical range of 20/x3. In addition, if this blade is ever damaged or broken, it will be found to be completely whole again when the sun sets. When wielded against constructs or used to cut through items, Stonecutter makes a deep, steady thudding sound.
Unknown by the High Templar who first studied it, this weapon is incomplete. It is missing three small parts that will unlock the blades full potential. One part is a wide adamantine ring that fits in a small circular notch below the pommel. The other two parts are two halves of a large sky blue diamond that is about and inch and a half in diameter. Each half bares a different mark; one having the image of a wedge, like those used to break apart stone, and the other has a hammer carved on to its surface. These two sections rest in the circular opening carved in the pommel. Each part grants Stonecutter additional powers and strength, but the sections need to be put on the weapon in the proper order or the piece will just fall out. The order of construction is ring, hammer, and then wedge
Adamantine Ring- This adamantine ring was forged from the mystical blade of weapon named Fellstar, a weapon said to be able to shatter any weapon that came against it. Fellstar was brought to bear against the Obsidian Man on the first day of battle on the High Crown Mountain, and was broken against the ultra hard surface of that stony monolith. When set upon the hilt of Stonecutter, the weapon gains some of Fellstar’s properties, and is now a +2 weapon. In addition, this weapon now grants its wielder the Improved Sunder feat and it also gains all of the properties of adamantine (hp, hardness, bypass hardness).
Hammer-marked stone- This stone is said to have come from the elemental plane of earth as a gift, plucked from the crown of the mightiest of the Elemental Lords. It was set within the crown that the rulers of the Crown City had worn for generations. Now split in twain, this stone rests in the hollow carved for it and it’s twin in the pommel of Stonecutter’s hilt. This portion of the blue diamond grants the weapon an enhancement of +3 and further enchants the blade with the Impacting enchantment, increasing Stonecutters critical threat range to 19-20/x3. This weapon is now able to deliver critical strikes against constructs as if they were living opponents.
Wedge-marked stone- The other half of the beautiful blue diamond, this stone rests opposite it’s twin and completes Stonecutter, awakening the blades and restoring its full power. The weapon now has a +6 enhancement and it also increases the wielder’s Strength and Constitution by +6 as long as Stonecutter is wielded. When making Sunder attempts, the wielder gets an additional +4 bonus (including the sword’s +4 enhancement bonus) to the opposed roll when attempting to strike a foe’s weapon and adds +4 to the damage dealt. The wielder of Stonecutter gains an additional attack against his opponent if his sunder attempt breaks his opponent’s weapon or armor. The extra attack is made at the same attack bonus that was used to sunder the weapon or armor (without the additional bonuses for attacking an item though).
Picture of Stonecutter