Weapons of mythic power infused with the very essence of goodness, holy avengers are among the most powerful magic weapons.
The iconic image of a paladin standing alone against a horde of devils, sword raised to strike down his enemies, is a powerful one. I’ve played several paladins in my gaming career, but I’ve never been lucky enough to own a holy avenger. Of course, all my paladins greatly desired such a blade, but despite hearing rumours or several it was not to be. (Perhaps all my GMs enjoyed toying with me).
I’ve talked before about why you should design unique treasures for your campaign, and the same is doubly true for legendary items such as a holy avenger. Thus, find presented below three holy avengers suitable for immediate insertion into your campaign. Use the descriptions below as a starting point; adapt and expand upon them as you see fit, so they add depth and flavour to your campaign.
Runes of goodness etched into this sword’s blade and picked out with electrum speak of judgement on all evil doers. The sword’s oval pommel is plain and unadorned, but seemingly crafted from some type of magically harden glass.
- Wielded Power: The sword is enchanted with fragments of celestial power. When wielded in the defence of good, the murmur of angels praying fills the air.
- Background: Retribution was once wielded by an angel. When the angel fell in battle against the vampiric balor Gahlgax Atarrith, the sword was lost. Centuries later it was recovered from Gahlgax’s lair by Eyvald One-Hand who gifted it to his son, Singasven. Singasven was a fledgling paladin who wielded it for a time before he too fell, slain ignobly by goblins while he slept. Since then the blade has passed through many hands.
- Rumour: Retribution is cursed. Any who wield it are doomed to a pointless, wasted death.
Suffused with a soft, pale lavender light, the blade seems to writhe with shifting, serpentine patterns. Its pommel has been forged in the shape of a clenched fist clutching the holy symbol of a powerful lawful good god.
- Wielded Power: When Amare injures an evil-aligned target, the light writhing about the blade briefly wreathes the target in (harmless) light.
- Background: Forged in the southern jungles by a coutl artificer, Amare has ever been in the vanguard of the struggle against evil. Amare was gifted to Adalhard Kochel – an unlikely champion of good who started his career as a pirate. He carried the sword until his death when his ship sank in battle with a colossal sea serpent. The blade has recently return to the lands of men in the hands of the righteous Lothair of Trond. Lothair was last seen leading his retainers into the Forest of the Grey Spires late last year. His fate, and that of Amare, is unknown.
- Rumour: Forged to combat the machinations of the serpentfolk, Amare has additional powers that only affect serpents and their ilk. The sword is sentient and forces its wielder to slay such foes.
This glittering, highly polished sword reflects all nearby light sources. Forged of mithral, it is incredibly light and easy to wield. Incongruously, scorched and tattered black feathers decorate its scabbard.
- Wielded Power: Blood, ichor and the like do not stain this blade; any such contaminant simply slides straight off.
- Background: Countless foes of good have fallen before Eirmalae’s might. Forged centuries ago by the legendary paladin-hero Aevar the Hunter it is said the blade has never failed its possessor. Aevar himself died peacefully of old age and the blade remained in his family for generations. Eventually, none of his descendants possessed a heart pure enough to call forth its special powers and so Eirmalae was relegated to the family vault from which it was eventually stolen by thieves who did not know its true power.
- Rumour: Eirmalae was forged from the mithral plate armour of a fallen antipaladin. It has ever been an implacable foe against evil. Something of the fallen villain yet lurks in the blade, however. It is said the blade absorbs the blood of those it slays.
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