Based in central California, Thestruggleisneal is a blog by Neal Powell. His posts explore the journey of being an adult, but a kid at heart, and trying to make that work ... sometimes ... rarely?

From LP to RP : Session 04

From LP to RP : Session 04

 Hawkwind - Warrior on the Edge of Time

Hawkwind - Warrior on the Edge of Time

The demons of the abyss were tired of being sent back from the material plane. They let desperation be the mother of their invention. Rather than openly torment people they found a way to give people what they wanted while getting so much pain in return. Rephisul was the demon lord who found the ability to become a sentient weapon. This knowledge was leveraged into amazing gains for the demon. Eventually though they knew they wanted more than money and power in the abyss.

As a demon lord Rephisul was able to retain much more of their power and self when transferring into a sword on the material plane. There was only one other who learned of the true ritual that Rephisul used. The true Solar known as Leahkim also came to the material plane to be in direct opposition of the demon lord. Both swords are sentient and are among the most powerful known weapons.

Rephisul draws forth the chaos in any who would wield their sword, and seeks to gain as much power as they can before their host falls. There is little than can stop the lust for power with the exception of drawing into itself enough law that it changes the composition of the sword entirely.

With those bits of more out of the way it’s on to the album! For this one I am taking a look at Warrior on the Edge of Time, the fifth album from the band Hawkwind. I was not prepared for how connected this album would be to other awesome fantasy content. I quickly found out that the album tied back to the fantasy writings of Michael Moorcock more specifically his series about Elric the Eternal Champion. Come to find out that most of the lyrics were actually written by Moorcock and he does some vocals for a few tracks as well. 

That said I almost immediately abandoned the album and went straight for more from Moorcock. Apparently the main character had a very interesting sword and rather than say much more I give you the Sword of the Eternal Champion!

Sword of the Eternal Champion
Weapon (greatsword), legendary (requires attunment)

You gain a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. In addition, you gain the ability to steal away your enemy’s strength to use yourself. On each successful hit you deal 1 point of Strength damage. That point of Strength is gained as a bonus to your Strength score. Strength stolen from different enemies is tracked individually. The total stolen from each individual foe is considered a separate bonus to your Strength and you gain only the highest total up to a Strength score of 24.

Stength is not the only thing the weapon drwas in. On a successful hit with the weapon the damage caused is transferred into temporary hit points.

Curse. The greatsword is cursed and becoming attuned to it extends the curse to you. As long as you remain cursed you are unwilling to part with the greatsword, keeping it within reach at all times. You also have disadvantage on attack rolls with weapons other than this one, unless no foe is within 60 feet of you that you can see or hear. In addition, your alignment is changed to Chaotic as long as you are attuned to the weapon.

Whenever the sword has not damaged a hostile creature for 24 hours you must succeed on a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw or succumb to the will of the sword. Under the will of the sword you attack the nearest creature until you cause damage. If you succeed the Wisdom saving throw you do not need to make another check for 24 hours.

I hope you enjoy this weapon, and all of the crazy RP it would allow for in a game!

Pertinent Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrior_on_the_Edge_of_Time

Lyrics: https://genius.com/albums/Hawkwind/Warrior-on-the-edge-of-time

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3395sRfD24

Album Image based on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Champion 

Stormbringer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stormbringer

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