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Dennis
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Posted - 30 Aug 2011 :  08:39:16  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Quale

Darkswords from the Archwizards


But of course! All the creations of the Shadovar are great in their splendor and usefulness. [I wonder if Telamont ever used one in battle.]

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Quale
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Posted - 30 Aug 2011 :  08:49:28  Show Profile Send Quale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
he probably had a dark scepter

I like obsidian made weapons, or the blood obsidian from Dark Sun
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Dennis
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I never saw him use one. Even during his fight against the Chosen. But then again, that time he was focusing more on controlling the mythallar than on fighting the Chosen.

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skychrome
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Posted - 01 Sep 2011 :  01:53:29  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Erevis Cale's "Waveshear".

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Thauranil
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Posted - 19 Jul 2012 :  17:55:26  Show Profile Send Thauranil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Taulmaril ,the heart seeker, it just has such a cool name. Nobody is gonna is scared of a weapon called Twinkle after all.
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Thauranil
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Posted - 19 Jul 2012 :  17:57:24  Show Profile Send Thauranil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Erevis Cale's "Waveshear".


Cales Weaveshear would be my second choice.
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BEAST
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Posted - 19 Jul 2012 :  20:06:45  Show Profile  Visit BEAST's Homepage Send BEAST a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love:
Aegis-fang: cool-sounding description, a work of art; there's just something delightfully visceral about slamming a sledgehammer down on (and through) something; must be that low "whoomp"/"thud" sound!

Icingdeath > Twinkle: Icingdeath can quelch flames and vanquish demons and devils; plus it glows pale blue when such foes are near, and bright white in the freezing cold; and the adamantine hilt and jewel-encrusted panther pommel just sound cool. Twinkle has a bright blue flaming halo effect, and it's supposedly perpetually sharp, but I never really picked up on anything particularly special about it.

Charon's Claw: Wickedly awesome visual description of its looks. Brutal in its effects. I believe we'll be getting our first decent illustration of it on the cover of the upcoming novel named after it.

Taulmaril the Heartseeker: Glorious bow with magical arrows. I just love the idea of a metal-plated recurved wooden bow, with silver arrows. Some fanart has gotten me stoked to see this on the big screen. I always imagined that the arrows must sound like the Transformer Galvatron's big gun on the G1 cartoon: that low, prolonged, Doppler-shift electronic growl. Complete with sizzling lightning visual display in flight, and all manner of colorful sparks and explosions upon impact. Just marvelous.



Meh:
Entreri's unnamed vampiric dagger: I liked the first description we got of it, with an emerald-encrusted hilt. But then it was described as being studded with all sorts of colorful jewels. It just seems kinda bland to me.

Cadderly's (and Ivan's) mini-crossbow: Just seems like a hollow knock-off of Taulmaril to me.



But as a super-fan of Bruenor Battlehammer's, my all-time favorite weap has got to be the Clan Battlehammer heritage mithral great axe. It's big and hefty enough to be impressive and intimidating (unlike Drizzt's skinny scimitars or Taulmaril), while actually hacking through stuff (unlike the warhammer Aegis-fang). No fancy peripheral super-powers necessary.

"'You don't know my history,' he said dryly."
--Drizzt Do'Urden (The Pirate King, Part 1: Chapter 2)

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BEAST
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Posted - 19 Jul 2012 :  20:40:26  Show Profile  Visit BEAST's Homepage Send BEAST a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ayrik

Do bards name their instruments?

The epic bard Riordan Parnell was said to have a "Cli Lyre" in the first several modules (H1 - H3). Later, he was said to a have the "Anstruth Harp" (H4).

'Twould appear that his string instruments were named after defunct bardic colleges, either merely in their honor, or because they had originally been part of the official instrument collections of those institutions.



quote:
Originally posted by Thelonius

As I'm not very fond of fighters I can't say I like any of the listed; but one I particullary remember is a Claymore that appears in on of the Legacy of the Drow series called Brankenfuere if I've written it properly, in fact I created a sword in NWN after that sword. It was wielded by the barbarian who briefly used Wulfgar's hammer while he was prisoner of Errtu.

Close. That one was called "Bankenfuere".

But I don't believe that the barbarian Berkthgar ever actually wielded Aegis-fang. He demanded that King Bruenor hand the warhammer over to the barbarians, but Bruenor stoutly refused, brooding over the loss of his son, so Drizzt stepped in as diplomat and urged the barbarian chieftain to inspire a new legend regarding his own great sword, instead.



quote:
Originally posted by entreri3478

Athrogate's maces/morning stars were pretty creative too.

Aye. He originally called them Rotter and Slaughter, and I just loved those names. Later, he renamed them to Cracker and Whacker, but those just don't have the same ring to them.



quote:
Originally posted by Thauranil

Taulmaril ,the heart seeker, it just has such a cool name. Nobody is gonna is scared of a weapon called Twinkle after all.

In <an old scroll>, Eric Scott de Bie once suggested the Elvish Ivaekiir as the original name for Twinkle, and melikes, a lot.

"Icingdeath & Ivaekiir". It's got a nice ring to it!

"'You don't know my history,' he said dryly."
--Drizzt Do'Urden (The Pirate King, Part 1: Chapter 2)

<"Comprehensive Chronology of R.A. Salvatore Forgotten Realms Works">

Edited by - BEAST on 19 Jul 2012 22:01:28
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Fellfire
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Posted - 20 Jul 2012 :  00:02:16  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BEAST



quote:
Originally posted by Thauranil

Taulmaril ,the heart seeker, it just has such a cool name. Nobody is gonna is scared of a weapon called Twinkle after all.

In <an old scroll>, Eric Scott de Bie once suggested the Elvish Ivaekiir as the original name for Twinkle, and melikes, a lot.

"Icingdeath & Ivaekiir". It's got a nice ring to it!



See now, I always thought Icingdeath was far sillier name than Twinkle. Ivaekiir sounds very cool. I wonder, BEAST, have you ever mentioned that name to RAS, and if so, what did he think of it?

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Dennis
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Posted - 20 Jul 2012 :  01:58:27  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Agreed. Sounds like a reeking, poisonous cake.

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Fellfire
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Posted - 20 Jul 2012 :  02:08:42  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My thoughts precisely. Death by cake, how embarrassing. Should have been named diabetes.

edit: No offense intended to any actual diabetics.

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"Oh, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but.. blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me." - Bane The Dark Knight Rises

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Edited by - Fellfire on 20 Jul 2012 02:11:44
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Brimstone
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Posted - 20 Jul 2012 :  05:24:27  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Weaveshear, Aegis-Fang, & Charon's Claw.

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BEAST
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Posted - 20 Jul 2012 :  05:31:59  Show Profile  Visit BEAST's Homepage Send BEAST a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've heard that interpretation of the name "Icingdeath" before, but I never think of that, myself, when reading the stories. I always envision icy stalactites hanging from a cavern ceiling, looming ominously as if about to fall on someone's head. That, or a row of dagger-like teeth in a white dragon's upper jaw.

So if "Icingdeath" makes you think of cake icing, then does "frostbrand" make you think of cake frosting? Do you imagine Drizzt slinging his blades around, squirting flavored glop all over his enemies, and generally creating a big, colorful mess of things? Who brought the sprinkles?

Yeah, Fellfire, I've mentioned both Eric's Ivaekiir suggestion for Twinkle and Ed's Himral Uldoun suggestion for Mithral Hall, but he's never specifically responded to those ideas. We ramble about so much stuff, a lot gets lost in the works. But I'm gonna get to meet him at a convention here in town next month, so hopefully there's time to ambush him and ask him in person!

"'You don't know my history,' he said dryly."
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 20 Jul 2012 :  07:06:28  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Personally, I am rather fond of a certain fellas endless supply of throwing daggers.

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Thauranil
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Posted - 20 Jul 2012 :  15:07:00  Show Profile Send Thauranil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BEAST







quote:
Originally posted by Thauranil

Taulmaril ,the heart seeker, it just has such a cool name. Nobody is gonna is scared of a weapon called Twinkle after all.

In <an old scroll>, Eric Scott de Bie once suggested the Elvish Ivaekiir as the original name for Twinkle, and melikes, a lot.

"Icingdeath & Ivaekiir". It's got a nice ring to it!



The elvish name is indeed much better. Its the damn human translation that screwed it up.
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Zireael
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Posted - 23 Jul 2012 :  12:40:27  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Does Icingdeath have an Elvish name too?

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Delwa
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Posted - 23 Jul 2012 :  16:15:46  Show Profile  Visit Delwa's Homepage Send Delwa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I vote for Arilyn's moonblade. Most of the other weapons are tools used in the course of a story... Arilyn's moonblade drives the story.


I second that, oh Mighty Hamster Lord.
My second would be Erevis Cale's Weaveshear, but nothing tops a blade that gains power with every generation.

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BEAST
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Posted - 23 Jul 2012 :  18:50:23  Show Profile  Visit BEAST's Homepage Send BEAST a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zireael

Does Icingdeath have an Elvish name too?

Nay, I think not, given that A Reader's Guide to RAS's The Legend of Drizzt says that it was originally crafted by a Zakharan smith, and then sold to and enchanted by a Netherese archwizard. Somewhere down the road, it ended up in the lair of Ingeloakastimizilian, the white dragon known as Icingdeath. Drizzt merely referred to it as the blade from the dragon's hoard for a long time, until The Silent Blade, where we're told that he had recently named it Icingdeath. There doesn't seem to be any Elvish aspect to it, at all.

However . . . the short story "Iruladoon" tells us that there were elves in Icewind Dale a long time ago, and it's possible that they knew of the scimitar and had their own Elvish name for it, too. My guess is that if Drizzt were as good of a ranger as we have been led to believe, then he would've known about the past Elvish community within the Dale, and probably should've known about the locale/legend of Iruladoon. If that's so, then, perhaps, he would also have known of the hypothetical Elvish name for the blade. But that's a lot of "maybe's".

Oddly, Gauntlgrym indicates that Drizzt was completely clueless about Iruladoon, which makes me think that he might not have known about the past elves of Icewind Dale, either. Therefore, I hardly think he would know of Icingdeath's hypothetical Elvish name.

"'You don't know my history,' he said dryly."
--Drizzt Do'Urden (The Pirate King, Part 1: Chapter 2)

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Edited by - BEAST on 23 Jul 2012 18:51:16
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Icelander
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Posted - 07 Oct 2012 :  06:43:33  Show Profile  Visit Icelander's Homepage Send Icelander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ayrik

Do bards name their instruments? Do wizards name their wands? Do blacksmiths name their anvils?


Well, people are very prone to anthromorphising anything that is important to them. If a blacksmith believes that his anvil has various quirks, for example that it likes blades made from Illyrian steel but will crack anything of Gaeditan origin unless he is careful to keep it sweet by softly chanting its favourite rhymes... it doesn't really matter if he's named it or not. It's clearly a person to him.

And if you think that's crazy or doesn't really happen, think about personal computers. Do you really not know anyone who at least half-believes that his has quirks that amount to a personality? And cars... wow.

I've never named my cars. I view them as a tool for locomotion, the efficient transfer of goods, personnel or yours truly from Spot A to Spot B. A majority of the friends I had in gymnasium*, however, did name their cars. Baby Blue, Caesar, Caroline, Stephanie, Tryggur (Old Loyal, a common dog's name in Iceland) and plenty of others.

I think the naming of our tools; be they vehicles, craftsmen's instruments of their trade or weapons, is partly a matter of individual character and partly a matter of attitude toward their tools. Obviously, the more important a given tool is to a character, the more likely he is to anthrompophise it somehow.

A hedge knight might lavish attention and love on his horse, without which he would be a sellsword with sore feet. A peasant-lad-cum-warrior might value his cheap, out-dated and worn sword, bought with his fieldhand wages for the past year, before giving up farmwork for good, because without it he'd not even be a warrior in his own mind. When your tools are so important to your self-identity that it's hard to imagine being who you want to be without them, you attach an importance to them that might seem irrational to others.

Then there's individual personality. An imaginative character is more likely to name all sorts of items in his life and one who sees himself as a storybook hero will naturally want a suitably heroic moniker for his no-doubt-soon-to-be-legendary weapon.

A pragmatic, cynical character, one who has lost count of the tools he has owned, lost, broken or used up, however, will probably stop thinking about them as companions or important parts of his identity. He won't name a sword because he knows that it's not the sword that kills, it's his skill and resolve. Lose the sword, it's not important. He'll find another tool or another way to his goal, one requiring fewer and simpler tools.

In my Purple Reign campaign, for example, the flamboyant and stylish gentleman adventurer/merchant lord/man-about-town Murlak Solstice named his saber Mischief and his main-gaunce Mercy. Though he sometimes switches it around. And he'll usually append the name he's currently using for himself in front, particularly if it's a swashbuckling and attention-grabbing identity.

The lusty, larger-than-life warrior Sir Mickey Carragher obtained his claymore already named by its creator. It bore the name Cairlachan, which might translate, with a little poetic licence, into 'The Blade That Cuts Through Stone'. When he found a long rondel dagger he liked, his first act was to give it a suitable name. It was a pattern-welded blade and when he was first pondering it, he was standing in front of a funeral pyre for fallen friends and enemies both, and he happened to see the flames reflected in the steel. When the flickering tongues of fire played upon the striations in the pattern-welded steel, it struck his imagination, so he named it 'Balefire'.

Meanwhile, the slyblade Waelstar (not his real name, but the name of a street where he could sometimes be contacted), would never dream of naming any of his daggers or swords. They are just tools, ways to strike with leverage and sharp edges. He values a good balance or a fine temper, but no more (and no less) than he values a well-fitting boot or a cloak that shields him adequately from the rain.

*School teaching mostly general education stuff, but with an increasing focus on specialised knowledge toward the end, broad categories like 'modern languages', 'ancient languages', 'physical science' or 'natural sciences'. Students are aged 16-20, so about equivalent to the end of high-school and first two years of college. Because all the general education stuff (logical reasoning, world literature, history, languages, basics of math, physics, biology, geology, economic theory and other 'everyman courses') are taught in gymnasium, our bachelor degrees in college are focused fairly tightly on our chosen field and only take three years. Wow, this was a lot of peripheral detail to explain why our schools have different names than in TV-land (and the US, I guess).

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Chosen of Asmodeus
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Posted - 15 Oct 2012 :  22:13:14  Show Profile  Visit Chosen of Asmodeus's Homepage Send Chosen of Asmodeus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Obould's fiery greatsword. Keep it simple.

Though I am a fan of Rotter and Slaughter/Cracker and Whacker.

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Storm's Breasts. They have an amazing stun effect that effects males.

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Chosen of Asmodeus
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Eh, I've seen better.

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KacyCrawford
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I think its Aryilan''s Moonblade.
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Artemas Entreri
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quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Storm's Breasts. They have an amazing stun effect that effects males.



... and probably a few females.

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Entromancer
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Charon's Claw; give me the Faerun equivalent of Stormbringer any day of the week. Aoth's spear and Weaveshear are tied for second.

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