Weapons of Myth is going to be a series of posts on various weapons from myth and legend. We’ll discuss their origins, where they have appeared in popular culture and end with stated item for our game.
Our first few will be weapons from Irish Mythology, being Irish I wanted an excuse to look into these weapons more. So today Fragarach, or commonly known as ‘The Answerer’; which is connected to one of its abilities. It was said that if Fragarach was held to your throat you could not lie (I feel this would be true of most blades, but that’s just me). The weapon was crafted by the gods and wielded by Manannan Mac Lir the sea god (Mac Lir meaning “son of the sea”). Fragarach tended to move around and at one time found its way into the hands of Cúchulainn, Ireland’s answer to hercules.
Fragarach held other powers, one of which might be the origin of its second common name, the power being the ability to cut through shields and leave a wound that no one could recover from. And the name being ‘The Retaliator’.
In popular culture the sword has appeared as a focal point in the first of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books Hounded, fitting that it should fall into the hands of an Irish Druid, with a talking Irish Wolfhound. It has also appeared in a number of incarnations in the Final Fantasy series of video games, one of its most recent outings being as a short sword for Noel in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Also, let us not forget, this weapon has appeared in D&D in the past, during the module The Temple of Elemental Evil, in this incarnation it focused heavily on ‘The Retaliator’ side of its name giving its user the ability to counter when attacked.
Lets look at bringing the weapon to life in our game.
Weapon (Longsword), legendary (requires attunement)
You gain a +3 to attack and damage rolls made with this weapon. While in melee with an enemy, your attacks ignore the AC bonus from their shields. When attacked in melee you may use your reaction to counter attack the enemy with a melee attack of your own. Holding the blade to an enemy’s throat grants advantage to intimidation rolls and anything the target says will be true.
What weapons would you like to know more about?