I find myself in a bit of a pickle and want to see what others think. A player in my (non-Sentinels) RPG campaign has recently come to me and asked to play as a magic sword. His description is something of a chaotic neutral shapeshifting sword (the style of sword can shuft between users) that can swing itself, float, and pass knowledge onto its wielder. It also exists on the astral plane and consumes scraps of astral matter. We conferred about it and agreed that the sword was probably made by some extraplanar entity or Chaos Lord (so basically a god of some sort).
I would like to have a nice plot twist in store as to why this sword is secretly super important, and I have a few ideas. Please, share your own or comment on mine. You can’t have a brainstorm without multiple brains!
- My first thought was that the sword could have been created by the same player’s character in my last campaign (a demon), as a tool to help him gain strength on Earth while trapped in his millennial performance review in Hell. Then it’s a cool moment for the player, who is now tempted by whether they want to play the boss-battle version of their old character, or ceremonially sacrifice them with the new.
- There’s two legendary swords I’m also considering. First is Asi, the first weapon in Hinduism. Asi was the first weapon forged by the gods to drive away evil, so its existence as a sword works. Unfortunately, as a Hindu weapon, Asi is kind of OP, with the power to “command all other weapons.”
- Second is Laevateinn, a weapon from the Norse, said to be forged by Loki with runes. Since historians can’t figure out it’s etymology, and since I love syncretizing, I’ll go ahead and make the obvious-but-ridiculous connection to Leviathan, the infamous sea monster from Judaeochristian tradition. For reasons too dumb/awesome to go into, Leviathan would then be a weapon used by one of the Dragons of the West during the Chaoskampf, and forged by Lady Naunet, the Cataclysm.