Steam Sword (3.5e Equipment)

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Scales.png This page is of questionable balance. Reason: So. The energy for this bonus damage is from superheated steam in its hilt. Doesn't that harm the wielder? If there's protection, say gloves or plenty of hilt wrapping, then wouldn't an equal amount of protection on the victim (say, armor) be enough to avoid the damage when the steam is expelled? When the steam is expelled, the heat energy is no longer in the sword, so why does it _then_ begin to heat up? I know this is fantasy, but perhaps we can have some basic thermodynamics here.

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Steam Sword
Exotic Two-Handed Melee
Critical: 19–20/×2
Range Increment:
Type: Slashing
Hardness: 10
Size Cost1 Damage Weight1 hp
Fine * *
Diminutive * *
Tiny * *
Small 500gp
Medium 500gp 1d10 10lb
Huge * *
Gargantuan * *
Colossal * *
  1. The SRD only gives a means to determine costs and weights of weapons for Large and Small versions based on the Medium weapons. Any other supplied values are the author's best determination.

Crafted by dwarven smiths in the desert city of Titillation, this sword resembles a single-edged masterwork bastard sword with a gear in the pommel and a small pipe lined along the flat side of the blade. Despite its inspired design, this weapon has its drawbacks. The steam sword is a mechanical weapon and requires 2 potion bottles worth of water. It utilizes the natural desert heat to make the water boil and trap steam in its hilt for a devastating heat attack in combat. The sword must have spent a minimum of two hours in the desert sun for the heat engine to work. The wielder of a steam sword must spend a free or swift action to activate the steam sword. When activated, a jet of superheated steam shoots from the pipe along the flat end of the blade. This steam deals 1d4 fire damage, using up the steam in the sword for the day, until such actions are taken to prepare another steam jet. After expelling the steam, the weapon demonstrates its biggest drawback: the steam sword begins to heat up, as if it had been the subject of a heat weapon spell.

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