Planejammer: Ad Astra Per Arcana
Fedifensor is an intelligent, +2 silver, fiend bane bastard sword.
Purpose: Defeat/slay fiends.
Purpose Power: Wielder gets +2 luck bonus on attacks, saves, and checks
When drawn Fedifensor sheds light(equivalent to a light spell).
Against fiends, the weapon’s enhancement bonus is +2 better and it deals an extra 2d6 points of damage against such foes.
Any character whose alignment does not correspond to that of the item (except as noted by the asterisks on the table) gains one negative level if he or she so much as picks up the item. Although this negative level never results in actual level loss, it remains as long as the item is in hand and cannot be overcome in any way (including by restoration spells). This negative level is cumulative with any other penalties the item might place on inappropriate wielders.
Empathy (Su): Empathy allows the item to encourage or discourage certain actions by communicating emotions and urges. It does not allow for verbal communication.
Speech (Su): Fedifensor can speak Common, Fiendish, and Celestial.
Fedifensor can use magic aura on itself at will.
When a personality conflict occurs, the possessor must make a Will saving throw (DC = item’s Ego). If the possessor succeeds, she is dominant. If she fails, the item is dominant. Dominance lasts for 1 day or until a critical situation occurs (such as a major battle, a serious threat to either the item or the character, and so on). Should an item gain dominance, it resists the character’s desires and demands concessions.
A high priest,Astramal, of the god Pelor, had two prophetic dreams. In the first one, his temple was overrun and by a demonic horde. The second dream was of a paladin, wielding a mighty blade, defeating a singularly powerful demon.
Distraught by these visions, he went to visit an enclave of gray elves. Convinced that his dreams were prophetic in nature, and that a horde of demons would be as bad for them as for the temple, the gray elves agreed to make a blade such as Astramal had seen in his dream.
It took years, but finally they delivered to him the blade Fedifensor. Astramal thanked them for their gift, and pledged that he would watch over the blade above his own life, and that only the most virtuous of hands would wield it.
It took months to determine who that would be, having to choose from among the paladins who came to their temple to renew their holy vows, but Astramal finally settled on Boyd de Thalion as the one to wield Fedifensor.
It seemed that no one was Boyd’s equal, until another paladin named Karl appeared. He might have also passed the tests to wield Fedifensor, save that the first test was to meet Boyd himself, upon which he immediately recognized Karl as a powerful demon in disguise. As in Astramal’s dream, they fought, and with the blade, Boyd was victorious.
Although the second dream had come to pass, Astramal’s fears about the first were not allayed in full. As such, the temple remained vigilant; rightly so. A horde of evil finally emerged from a flaming portal that appeared in the valley below the temple. Thousands of lesser demons succeeded where one powerful one had failed. The temple fell, and many powerful defenders, including Boyd de Thalion, died in its ultimately unsuccessful defense.
Taking the fallen champion’s blade, Astramal used a spell to send his spirit to the Astral Plane, taking Fedifensor with him. However, before he could do more, his material body was slain in a fire that had started in the temple during the battle, and the sword was lost there. A band of githyanki found it, and, determining that it was magical, took it back to their fortress on the Astral Plane, where it remains.
Over 200 years later The Chendl Five – Draax, Draego Bloodflame, Tanth Kirkeen, Baleron Silvertongue, and Erika the Red – took the sword by force and returned it to Erika’s patrons in the temple of Pelor in The Free City of Greyhawk. Since then it served well in the Bloodwar, mostly in the hands of the Aasimar paladin Silverbrow. When he perished in a conflict on Avernus it passed to a member of the Harmonium named Demiel. After five years of service in the Lower Planes Demial was in Sigil preparing for a Harmonium ceremony in the gatetown of Fortitude when he was overcome by fiends who took the sword and made haste for the City of Dis.
Fedifensor was the first adventure published in the Astral Plane (Dragon #67). This version has been altered to fit our own game as played out by the original party back in the 1980s.