I'm terribly, terribly sorry to inform you that the aerial ways to my Castle are blocked as well. You see the airspace around my Castle is blocked by a horde of angry air elementals besieging my Castle as we speak.
Well of course I did learn my lesson from the water elementals. They should be treated with respect. Nobody said nothing about the other elemental types though!
Actually, I ordered my minions to deliver you all a truckload of cookies each! That's what they were doing all this time! But alas, Shandaxx, since your castle is besieged by Air Elementals, I've got no choice but to ask my minions to return... Oh, there were so many cookies, of so many flavours, and so many shapes, and so many sizes... but unfortunately, you've to miss them all! Alas!
*hiss* Then let's hope your minions arrive at their destinations safely. I heard bandits are on the roads. They're not interested in gold, valuables or iron. Ever since the Cookie Crisis began they have only targeted cookie caravans...
So I was taking a walk through the Glimmermist woods, and a found a "Find Familiar" scroll. It was a bit different, but I cast it, and look whom I found. It's Fawkes! Yes, he's returned after so many years! He's very friendly, and even taught me how to conjure Fireballs at will. I feel good.
Whenever I get some off-time in school or any of my tutorial classes, I like forging weapons on the back pages of my notebook. Basically they are pen drawings, but each of them is unique, and done with great care. Here is one I'd drawn sometime back. What do you think of it?
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>75% of poisoning Target (Save vs. Death at -4) for 3 damage per round for 5 rounds
>Immediately slays Targets of 10 HD or less with no save
>Decreases Target's Magic Resistance by 5% on every hit
>Gives wielder Free Action, Negative Plane Protection, Protection from Evil, and complete invulnerability to all mind-affecting spells and spell effects
What a magnificent weapon! And it does double damage against undead, how fancy! But you know I am a bit concerned because it also does double damage against demons and devils. Those usually like to destroy weapons that could harm them.
But fear not, I have an idea! Why don't you tell me the weaknesses of your weapon? If one wanted to destroy it, how would they do it? If I knew that, I could help you prevent that from happening and strengthen your weapon against any such attempts to destroy it...
*cough* Well yes! Exactly! I'm a good-aligned demi-lich anyway. I know I would have no reason to be worried for myself. As I said I was worrying for the safety of the weapon only. But yeah... what a relief to know it does not have any obvious weaknesses that demons and devils could exploit in order to destroy it.
I have an excellent idea! Why don't I tell the denizens of the Nine Hells and the Abyss about this weapon? When they hear that it does double damage to them and there is nothing they can do about it, I am sure FEAR alone of this weapon will turn them from their evil ways and make them become good. They would not dare to be evil anymore let alone band together to research ways to weaken this magnificent weapon!
Illusions... now what an interesting thought is that... So if good people were disguised as monsters, then someone might want to slay them with The Black Swan... And then they'd die. Ah the irony. HAHAHA *cough* I mean, how terrible is that? To think there would be a way after all to use this weapon to do great evil... what a horror, truly...
No, no, no don't misunderstand me. I wasn't saying that your weapon itself was evil. I think it was made with good intentions in mind. Just look at it, clearly it was created to make the world a better place. And yet still, there are ways to corrupt its purpose and to do great evil with it. GREAT evil, indeed!
With help of illusions and deception or even charming spells the wielder can be tricked into believing that someone who is good is evil. So they will try to kill that good person who they believe to be evil.
And then they die. Because that is the rule of the weapon.
The wielder is killed if he attacks a good-aligned target. Even if that is against his will. Even if he is forced to do that. Even if he is mind controlled. Even he is being deceived by illusions.
But that isn't what I said. I just meant, in the end, the wielder is killed, but that doesn't allow any act of evil to be committed. Just that no evil is being done. I understand your point: a clever evil person may use illusion or charm tactics to kill the wielder. But there is no evil act committed by the wielder whatsoever without him dying, just this.
The killing effect is non-magical, so MR won't help. Also, it's not really Death Magic, but rather a devastating shock of Positive Energy (like the one you get with the "Greater Ruin" Epic spell, but far more dangerous) which blots out any essence of Evil. It's extremely hard to get artifacts to protect from Positive Energy, and even if one gets them, Undead beings (and most probably Demons and Devils) cannot equip those, because they'll be damaged instead by the artifact.
And, about the wielder being Undead... Hmm... Actually, I haven't had the good fortune to have this weapon tested by any Undead individuals. Do any of you want to volunteer to test it?
Well... sure... but we can't. Anduin is Chaotic Evil, and I am Neutral Good, both well known facts. So we can't test your weapon. But you know, being the good-aligned undead that I am, I know some others of my kind and there may be some of Chaotic Good alignment among them. So... why don't you leave your weapon in my care and I will see if I can find the right person to... conduct some tests on the weapon...
What about the Animate Weapon spell? If the weapon is currently in flight and slicing away at enemies would the caster of the spell die if the weapon chunks a good person? or would the sword itself "die" since it was wielding itself at the time?
You can't apply that spell on this weapon... (Let me tell you a secret... This weapon has an innate MR of 140, and also each Saving Throw as zero... actually it has a certain degree of sentience and common sense, but the average wielder will not notice it. The weapon is a of clever sort. I have enchanted it in such a way that it knows how to keep itself safe...)
It just so happens that I have developed a new spell called "Homework be done". It's still a prototype and there may be a minor risk of tearing apart the very fabric of our plane of existence. So I will give you a discount of 1%. What do you say, only 99 gold pieces for you!