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Axe of the Dwarvish Lords (Major Artifact)

Aura strong conjuration and transmutation; CL 20th; Slot none; Weight 12 lbs.

DESCRIPTION

The sturdy haft of this dwarven waraxe glimmers with veins of silver, while the faces of its blades bear images of ancient glories.

The Axe of the Dwarvish Lords is a +6 keen throwing goblinoid bane dwarven waraxe. Any dwarf who holds it doubles the range of his darkvision. Any non-dwarf who grasps the axe takes 4 points of temporary Charisma damage; these points cannot be healed or restored in any way while the axe is held. The current owner of the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords gains a +10 bonus on Craft (armor, jewelry, stonemasonry, traps, and weapons) checks. Additionally, the wielder can summon an elder earth elemental (as summon monster IX; duration 20 rounds) once per week.

DESTRUCTION

The Axe of the Dwarvish Lords rusts away to nothing if it is ever used by a goblin to behead a dwarven king.

RAMIFICATIONS

Few items are as linked to the pride of a people as the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords. Those who claim it should consider the following.

  • Emblem of a People: The Axe of the Dwarvish Lords is a symbol of the pride and heritage of an entire people. What’s more, it’s also a priceless historical artifact—though the dwarves have made efforts to keep their great citadels in repair, there can be no question that dwarves lose a little more of their ancestral ways with each generation born on the surface. Many dwarves believe reclaiming the axe is vital to uniting their people and beginning a new age of dwarven ingenuity. Most dwarven lords would pay any price to recover the axe, as doing so would win them instant esteem and authority among their people, and just as many would do all that it takes to wrest the artifact from non-dwarf hands.
  • Hands of the Maker: The Axe of the Dwarvish Lordss seeks dwarf hands to wield it, and should it not find such a bearer, legend claims it reshapes its owner as it prefers. Those who wield the axe for an extended period of time find themselves becoming increasingly hirsute, growing more accustomed to the dark, and potentially changing height by up to an inch per week. Anyone who possesses the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords for more than a week transforms into a dwarf 1d4 weeks later as if affected by the spell reincarnate. This effect can only be reversed by a miracle or wish spell.
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