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No more generic swords; with 1001 Strange Swords to choose from, every sword the adventurers find, every sword their enemies use, can look unique and distinctive.

1001 Strange Swords

Garin's hobnails clicked on the cobblestones as the party walked slowly but purposefully down the narrow street. The ancient, decrepit buildings divided by the street seemed to want to come together again, reaching upper stories together overhead. Many of the buildings contained small shops, and the party checked each sign. Finally they halted at one consisting of two gold-painted balls, and a dangling chain where a third once hung. After a brief pause, they entered.

GM: This definitely looks like the right place. You can't even see the walls, the place is so crowded with clutter. It seems that everything someone might want to pawn, from a lute missing a string to a pair of boots big enough for an ogre, is around here somewhere. Mostly, in your way.

Party Leader: Do we see the pawnbroker anywhere?

Jarmak: Do we see any magic swords?

GM: There's someone in the dimly-lit back of the shop; that's probably the pawnbroker. As for swords, one of the few lanterns in here is illuminating a rack of swords, axes, and miscellaneous other weapons.

Party Leader: We'll take a closer look. We know Yannerby pawned that sword here before he died, so it pretty much has has to be one of those.

Jarmak: Kalthras, why don't you just do your magic finding spell?

Kalthras: You heard the constable at the gate: Spellcasting is prohibited in town, except for the Mage Guild. Which, by the way, I am hoping will not notice that I am here at all.

Party Leader: This shouldn't be that hard. A magic sword will look distinctive. Interesting. Not like the rest. *turns to GM* How many swords are there, and what do they look like?

GM: Well, you know the magic sword you're hunting was a longsword, so there are three that could be it. One has a gold hilt with a fluted rosewood grip, and the pommel is the head of an eagle with what look to be diamond eyes. The guard is its wings, and its body merges into the steel of the blade. The second has a plain steel hilt, with a grip wrapped in some bumpy gray hide and wound with copper wire. The pommel is a crystal cabochon. The guard is a partial basket and the blade is made of what looks like black crystal. The third has an odd-colored metal hilt that you think is what they call star-metal, with a fluted purplish crystal grip. The pommel is a lion's paw clutching a crystal sphere. The guard is two sharp flanges, and the blade is made of Damascus steel etched with words in an alphabet you don't recognize.

Jarmak: I wonder if any of them has "Property of Yannerby" scratched in it somewhere?

Welcome to the "1001 Things" collections

Swords in a fantasy world are the work of skilled craftsmen, not stamped out by machines. The journeyman-made ones sold to beginning adventurers or bought by the barrel-full by those looking to equip armies are plain enough, but any truly interesting swords are as unique as those who commissioned them and made them.

The bandit leader might only have a +1 sword, or even one not magical at all, but if it has a dragon's body for the hilt, with the blade emerging from its mouth, that's a lot more interesting. What's that written on the blade the orcs had? A clue to the current mystery? Are those real gems decorating that other one, and if so, could they be more valuable than all the rest of the horde?

1001 Strange Swords gives you a plethora of interesting swords to intrigue your players. You can use them exactly as written, or pick one you like and tweak the details to suit your needs. They can be daggers, two-handers, or anything else in the same general style. Put them in treasures, in the hands of villains and heroes, or even in pawnshops, and add more color and detail to your game.

No more generic swords that look like every other sword; with 1001 Strange Swords to choose from, you'll have one ready any time you need it!

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