Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Appearance Of A Certain Sword - Cha'alt & Breaking The House Campaign Plus OD&D's Eldritch Wizardry

Last night was interesting on a number of levels one of which I'm going to talk about today. But one of the books that happened to fall into my hands was the original Dungeons & Dragons quartet of supplements. And one artifact drew my attention to Eldritch Wizardry .  That item is the 'Sword of Kas' which has a whole lot of  Greyhawk back story cannon by now. For the moment I'm going to be sticking with the original Dungeons & Dragons Eldritch Wizardry cannon on the 'Sword of Kas'.

Which is funny because I'm doing a Godbound/Cha'alt campaign set in Las Vegas but its always the original Dungeons & Dragons game that draws me back to those books again.. The Sword of Kas might as well be an NPC in its own right especially if you read the Eldritch Wizardry entry on it; "The Sword of Kas - Another item connected with the legend of the lich Vecna is the Sword of Kas, his onetime bodyguard. This sword is said to have a thin, grey blade of some metallic substance. Its powers are only dimly hinted at by legend, but Kas was said to be the mightiest swordsman of his age. The Sword has +3 bonus, +5 vs. undead, demons and godlings, and an Intelligence of 18 and ego of 18. It also has one extraordinary power that is normally available to swords. It is evil, and if possible, it will control any fighter who picks it up and turn him evil. Additionally, it has One power from TABLE I, two from TABLE II, and one from TABLE IV and one from TABLE V. This sword will, of course, attempt to dominate its owner."

If the sword of Kas  is in play in Vegas then almost every god or goddess is going to be on edge that blade is a god murderer. This blade could be the focus of an entire campaign unto itself! Whose the sword using as its vessel for its power? 

But why would 'the sword of Kas' be drawn to Las Vegas in the first place? The appearance of the mega dungeon of Cha'alt might be upsetting the cosmic balance allowing the sword to appear on the plane Prime. Or it could be that the sword is simply there to murder a god or demigod. We can easily assume that 'sword of Kas' is of the chaotic evil alignment with a whole agenda all of its own. That agenda probably includes a murder list a mile long which might include NPC's or PC's.

In the  last installment I mentioned that the gods were getting ready for war. Violence & a massive up tick in divine activity may have drawn 'the sword of Kas' like a knife to the flame of bloodshed. The sword can't help itself.
A random skeever attack in the desert, a cult ritual murder & sacrifice in some back alley, the dancing of the witches of Hecate, & the list goes on all drawing in 'the sword of Kas' but does it even know why?! Or could it be being drawn to events as the storm clouds gather above Vegas. Meanwhile the sword takes over the mind & body of a demigod for its own dark agenda. This isn't your average +1 sword out of the average treasure haul. This is a sword of dark myth & legend with its own history to pull from.

Vegas Sign artwork by Anasofiapaixao

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