Aura strong evocation; CL 20th Slot none; Weight 2 lbs.
Alignment LE; Ego 16; Senses 60 ft., darkvision
Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 14
Special Purpose slay all
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 20th, concentration +22)
The Mantis Blade is an intelligent +2 axiomatic sawtooth sabre made of red chitin that forms a curved, serrated blade. It grants its wielder the ability to make a +1d6 sneak attack. This ability functions exactly like the rogue ability of the same name, and stacks with any sneak attack bonuses the wielder may already have. When a creature is wounded with the blade, as a swift action the wielder can activate the blade’s bane weapon special ability (granting the weapon an additional +2 enhancement bonus and causing it to do an extra 2d6 points of damage, but only against the type of creature struck. The bane ability lasts for 10 minutes and is usable once per day.
Sacred to the faith of the mantis god, the Mantis Blade also grants bonuses to a crimson assassin who wields it. A crimson assassin assassin wielding the Mantis Blade gains a +2 bonus to the DC of her prayer attack, and may use her red shroud and fading abilities each an additional time per day.
If a single wielder uses the Mantis Blade to slay nine rightful ruling monarchs, the weapon can be destroyed by a successful sunder maneuver.
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Artifacts & Legends © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: F. Wesley Schneider.