An avowed death weapon makes a whispered oath each time it is drawn or fired. The oath varies by weapon, but it is generally a promise to kill the wielder’s enemies. The wielder can perform a ritual, swearing aloud to slay a specific opponent, for one full hour. Against such an avowed opponent, the weapon is treated as a bane weapon and the avowed opponent is the appropriate creature type and kills (or destroys) the creature upon a successful critical hit followed by a failed saving throw (DC 10 + ½ the wielder’s character level + the wielder’s Strength or Dexterity modifier). This ability functions even if the creature is immune to critical hits and death effects. However, the weapon is treated as only a normal weapon (no longer magical or masterwork) against all foes other than the avowed opponent, and the wielder takes a –2 penalty on attack and damage rolls with any weapon other than the avowed death weapon. This effect lasts for 1 week or until the avowed enemy is slain or destroyed by the wielder of the avowed death weapon, whichever comes first. A ranged weapon with this ability confers it on ammunition fired. An avowed weapon may have only one avowed enemy at a time. Once the wielder avows to slay a target, she cannot make a new oath until she has slain that target or 7 days have passed, whichever occurs first.
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