Head Cleaver (DnD Equipment)
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This weapon is a +3 Defending Greatsword with Knock back. Head Cleaver is an overtly large sword but seems to only weigh slightly more than a normal Greatsword.(3 feet long 1/2 foot wide and 1/4 inch thick for a small, 6 feet long 1 foot wide and 1 inch thick for a medium, and 12 feet long 2 wide and 2 inches thick for large characters.)
the Head Cleaver is a one sided blade that is mostly straight except as it nears the end of the blade it curvs back towards the wielder in a short arc leaving the tip of the blade resembling a katana. there is a whole 3/4 of the way up the blade as well as a half circle taken out of the edge at the base of the blade just a few inches above the flat but wide guard. the handle seems to magically sink into the blade when not in use and will easily re extend to full lenget when touched.
The Head Cleaver was believe to have been obtained by a great warrior who had lost something important to him. He had happened upon a elderly man, living as a hermit, who had offered the man a place to stay for the night as the sun started to set. the man was humbled by this kindly old man and offered to help the man in any menial labor he had as thanks for the hospitality. By the end of the day the men had gotten to know each other better over work and drinks, as the hermit thought of the mans tale of loss and his determination to never lose something or someone important to him again the hermit stood and asked the warrior to follow. The traveler obliged and followed the hermit back to a great tree with two graves side by side. One had a mask as a tombstone while the other was a massive sword. "This is 'Head Cleaver', it was once wielded by a great warrior long past but I think this blade still has some fight in it. I want you to take it and use it well" the elderly man said as he disappeared in a torrent of flames. The warrior was stunned that the man before him seemed to have changed into a young man around the age of 25, before the flames fully engulfed him. From that day on, till the death of the warrior, he wielded the massive sword.
It is said that there are a few master blacksmiths who have had the privilege to have examined the blade and understand it to the point of recreation. There are stories of blacksmiths who were apprentices of those original smiths and have inherited the making of the massive sword themselves.