Hiraeth players — you might want to skip this one. Others, I am hoping you can help me.
I’ve come up with a concept for a magic sword, called the Sword of Shame (or Sorrow) for one of the PCs in my game (a human). I am looking for a suitable ‘bonus’ that will gel with the concept.
The sword was made by elves, but will be found in the hands of a waterlogged draugr at the end of the current story arc. Despite having rested on the bottom of the ocean for many years, it hasn’t tarnished at all. In fact, it gleams like it has been freshly polished, providing the new bearer with a reflection of themselves looking young and fresh.
With each of the sword’s kills, however, the new wielder will start to see it tarnish, and their reflection in the sword will start to grow worn and weary (a la the picture of Dorian Gray). I am toying with linking this to a ‘lite’ version of the Grief attribute, but I might just keep it cosmetic.
As it stands, the weapon will have the ‘balanced’ quality, and will be a spirit weapon, as per the rules for Elven weapons, but I’d like it to have one more aspect that fits in with the overall concept.