Wednesday, January 14, 2015
5E Greyhawk Sentinent Items
"Hidden in the dungeon of White Plume Mountain, Blackrazor shines like a piece of night sky filled with stars. Its black scabbard is decorated with pieces of obsidian."
Blackrazor is a "legendary" great sword that can only be attuned to non-lawful creatures. The entry says Blackrazor is bossy and used to getting its way. Plus in a Stormbringer-like dash of flavor it says the sword's purpose is to consume souls. Any souls. Including the wielder's. Blackrazor of course feels a strange connection to the other two items in the set from White Plume Mountain:
Wave is a legendary trident (probably the most legendary I'd say) attuned to worshipers of a sea god, which is a nice touch. Wave likes to convert mortals to worshiping the gods of the sea (including the wielder of course!) The trident has an interesting backstory worth looking into (spoiler ahead):
"The trident has a nostalgic attachment to the place where it was forged, a desolate island called Thunderforge. A sea god imprisoned a family of storm giants there, and the giants forged Wave in an act of devotion to - or rebellion against- that god."
Then of course there is Whelm, the legendary dwarven warhammer whose purpose is to kill goblinoids and giants. It also has a nice bit of lore attached (more spoilers):
"Whelm has ties to the dwarf clan that created it, variously called the Dankil or the Mightyhammer clan. It longs to be returned to that clan...
The hammer also carries a secret shame. Centuries ago, a dwarf named Ctenmiir wielded it valiantly for time. But Ctenmiir was turned into a vampire."
Even though the lore given for these sentient items come from previously published material (Revised White Plume Mountain namely) they seem fresh presented here in a core book for general use. Hopefully these entries will entice some people to try them out in the new rule-set or in the very least try out White Plume Mountain again. More DMG exploration next time.