The Mantis Blade
Minor Artifact, Saw-Toothed Sabre
Mantis Blade (Minor Artifact)
Aura strong evocation; CL 20th
Slot none; Weight 2 lbs.
Alignment LE; Ego 16
Senses vision and hearing 60ft, darkvision 60ft
Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 14
Special Purpose Slay all
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 20th, Concentration +22)
3/day – Alter Self , Darkness , Spider Climb , True Strike
1/day – Clairaudience/Clairvoyance , Deeper Darkness , Dimension Door , Greater Invisibility
The Mantis Blade is an intelligent +2 axiomatic sawtooth sabre made of red chitin that forms a curved, serrated blade. It grants its wielder the ability to make a +1d6 sneak attack. This ability functions exactly like the rogue ability of the same name, and stacks with sneak attack bonuses the wielder may already have. When a creature is wounded with the blade, the wielder can activate the blade’s bane special ability against that type of creature as a swift action. The bane ability lasts for 10 minutes and is usable once per day. Sacred to the faith of the mantis god Achaekek , the mantis blade also grants bonuses to a Red Mantis assassin who wields it. A Red Mantis assassin wielding the Mantis Blade gains a +2 bonus to the DC of her prayer attack, and may use her red shroud and fading abilities each an additional time per day.
If a single wielder uses the Mantis Blade to slay nine rightful ruling monarchs, the weapon can be destroyed by a successful sunder maneuver.