[intelligent items]

Fiendsplitter

Lost Treasures
Price: 28,715 gp
Body Slot: None
Caster Level: 7th
Weight: 6 lbs.
Aura: Moderate conjuration and evocation

Alignment: Lawful good
Senses: 60 ft.
Intelligence: 10 , Wisdom: 14 , Charisma: 12 , Ego: 10
Language: Empathy

This sturdy battleaxe is finely made, and its wide blade is carved with the symbol of a rune-encrusted hammer.

This well-made weapon acts as a +1 demon-bane battleaxe and constantly emits a susurrus of faint, overlapping voices. In the presence of demons, this murmur increases to a cacophony of angry cries. These voices are individually unintelligible; the item communicates by empathy rather than speech because its intelligence is a collection of several dozen essences rather than a single powerful personality. The battleaxe has the destruction of demons as its special purpose and the dedicated power to detect demons within 60 feet, even when the demons are hidden or in disguise.

Fiendsplitter is embossed with the symbol of Torag and can be used as a holy symbol by followers of that stern dwarven god. Three times per day, Fiendsplitter can affect itself with bless weapon. Additionally, to combat the foul poisons and life-sapping magic employed by many demons, Fiendsplitter can affect its wielder with lesser restoration three times per day.

Requirements: Craft Magic Arms & Armor, bless weapon, lesser restoration, summon monster I
Cost to Create: 14,357 gp

History

Centuries ago, Ulfen blacksmith Njali Janisdottir returned from a trading mission to find her village under attack by a horde of demons. Njali fought alongside her kinfolk as best she could, but the vicious demons overwhelmed and destroyed the town. Njali awoke under rubble, assuming the demons had left her for dead. Swearing vengeance on their monstrous ilk, Njali returned to her forge to craft the finest axe she had ever made. While she was working, another villager, wounded but shaking with rage, stepped into Njali's forge, touched the axe, and turned to leave without a word. Njali was glad to see another survivor, but did not stop her work. Soon other furious villagers came to her forge to silently touch the axe and depart. Finally, the leader of the village—a wise priest of Torag—arrived to touch the axe. As he did, the symbol of Torag appeared on the blade. Njali realized then that the villagers were merely spirits, blessing the axe as she forged it and imparting their righteous anger into the weapon. As Njali finished the axe and held it aloft to evaluate her work, she could not see herself reflected in the gleaming blade. Njali knew then that she, too, was only a spirit of vengeance, and the axe clattered to the floor of the empty forge.

A dwarven paladin discovered the battleaxe in the ruined village and named it Fiendsplitter. The paladin carried it for decades before passing it to a younger warrior. Fiendsplitter has since passed through the hands of several paladins and warrior-priests over the years.

Fiendsplitter encourages its bearer to seek out areas suffering from demonic attacks, such as the Worldwound, Tanglebriar, or specific locations within these regions. If the battleaxe's bearer dawdles in taking the fight to demonkind, its faint muttering grows into surly grumbles. If weeks pass without the bearer seeking out demonic activity, Fiendsplitter attempts to assert control or find a more suitable wielder.

The youthful inquisitor Vanekin Stell carried Fiendsplitter to Mendev early in the Third Crusade. Vanekin participated in the witch hunts rampant in Kenabres at the time, where he used Fiendsplitter's ability to detect disguised demons to great advantage. The demons orchestrating the campaign of mistrust and paranoia in Kenabres dispatched a vrock named Vezzendezar to eliminate the troublesome inquisitor. Flying high above Kenabres and cloaked by a moonless night, Vezzendezar telekinetically lifted Vanekin from the street, murdered the inquisitor in midair, and carried the corpse back to his aerie to feed.

Legacy

Heroes who recover Fiendsplitter gain a valuable weapon against demons, but they become a target for demonic assassins and thieves.

Demon-hunted: The demons of the Worldwound know of Fiendsplitter's abilities and will go to great lengths to keep it out of the hands of champions or crusaders. A PC bearing the powerful weapon must contend with demons attempting to steal or destroy it. Because the battleaxe easily identifies hidden demons to its wielder, these attempts will likely be forthright assaults rather than subtle machinations.

Raging Treasure: Fiendsplitter, along with the rest of Vanekin's equipment, now lies discarded in Vezzendezar's nest on a high pinnacle of rock several miles west of Kenabres. The vrock is amused and comforted by the ceaseless cries of rage emanating from the battleaxe. Travelers through the desolate area occasionally overhear Fiendsplitter's indecipherable roars of anger carried by the wind from atop the lonely aerie. If they investigate these strange, interminable howls, the PCs will have to overcome the wily vrock to claim the powerful battleaxe.