Bulwark of the North (3.5e Equipment)

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Bulwark of the North: This +2 chaotic icy burst adamantine greataxe is an ancestral weapon of the northern barbarians. Some tribes claim it was a gift from the gods. Some claim that a legendary hero found the axe embedded in the ice of a glacier. However it came into the possession of the northern tribes, Bulwark of the North has defended their icy lands from intruders for at least 100 years.

Weaponsmiths, many of them dwarves, occasionally make a pilgrimage to the lands of the northern barbarians in hopes of examining the legendary axe. According to their reports, Bulwark of the North is a double-bladed greataxe with adamantine blades, and its haft is lighter for being made from darkwood. The grip is wrapped in sharkskin (there is some indication the visiting smiths had to explain sharks to the barbarian custodians of Bulwark). The axe was clearly designed by someone familiar with the hazards of the north: There is a small spike at the butt of the haft that a falling wielder can dig into the ice to arrest a fall. Likewise, the bottoms of the blades flare out so the blades form hooks that can be used to similar effect.

In addition to the properties mentioned above, Bulwark of the North acts as a ring of warmth when carried.

Caster Level: 10th, Prerequisites: Craft Magic Arms and Armor, chaos hammer, must be chaotic, chill metal/ice storm, endure elements; Market Price: 85,220 gp; Cost to Create: 47,120 gp + 3,048 XP.

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