Farrel’s Blade (“Fool’s Escape”) (3.5e Equipment)

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Farrel’s Blade (“Fool’s Escape”): This +3 short sword is made entirely of dark steel, and is unremarkable save for eight etchings that adorn one side of its blade. These etchings depict sigils used by the dragon Kitervanas at various points in her life, and tracing them in order causes the sword to transform into a small, steel earring shaped like a dragon’s head. While in this form, the earring does not detect as magic. The wearer can return the earring to its sword form as a standard action.

The blade’s symbols glow softly when first touched, and this red glow intensifies as each etching is traced in turn. Once the sequence is complete the sword either transforms or, if the tracing is interrupted, the glow fades over a minute’s time.

Tracing the symbols in reverse order opens a dimension door, which can be used once per day.

The bard Farrell crafted this sword long ago, when Kitervanas still terrorized her region of the world. The dragon was infamous for her vanity; she would abduct men, imprison them, and then force them to listen for days as she lauded herself. Occasionally, her captives would escape (or were released), but more often they were eaten when the dragon was done flattering herself. Farrell, a scholar of dragons, was obsessed with Kitervanas. He was determined to enter the dragon’s lair, learn her story, and then leave unscathed. Everyone who heard his plans called Farrell a fool (an epithet that stayed with him); nonetheless, he crafted this weapon and set out to meet Kitervanas. Masquerading as a local farmer, Farrell found work in the communities closest to her lair and hoped to be abducted. In time, his ploy succeeded and the bard spent two weeks caged in the wyrm’s lair. He managed to escape with the aid of his sword, and upon returning home he composed a series of wildly popular ballads detailing his experiences. Farrell’s fame was short-lived, however; the dragon eventually found him and burned his manor to its foundation. The item was never found.

Caster Level: 9th; Prerequisites: Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Nystul’s undetectable aura, dimension door, shrink item; Market Price: 50,310 gp; Cost to Create: 25,310 gp + 2,000 XP.

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