Mantis Blade (Minor Artifact)
Aura strong evocation; CL 20th
Slot none; Weight 2 lbs.
Alignment LE; Ego 16
Senses vision and hearing 60 ft., darkvision 60 ft.
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