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Excalibur is probably the most famous named sword in fiction. If a culture ever used swords in warfare chances are there’s at least one named one. In Japan you might hear of Kusanagi, which is their nearest equivalent blade. Siegfried & Hagen carried Balmung. Joyeuse was wielded by Charlemagne, Duradal by his knight Roland. Orcrist found it’s way to Thorin Oakenshield after having been held by an elven king. A nameless long dagger was given the name Sting & grievously wounded one of the horrors of the third age. In more modern works Dark Sister, Heart’s Bane, Longclaw, Oathkeeper, Red Rain, & others spring from the pen of George R.R. Martin. The most legendary sword in Game Of Thrones is Lightbringer, who was forged by the hero of light Azor Ahai, who plunged it into the breast of his love Nissa Nissa causing her soul to bind to it & become the only weapon capable of defeating the great other.

On a smaller scale by naming a weapon you can speak to it in times of stress to calm yourself & give yourself a rush of adrenalin. Even when you’re alone you can simulate a relationship with an object to embolden yourself. In fiction the power granted is much more literal.


I Have the POWERRR! Oh, and by the way, in the name of the Moon, I punish you. Jus’ sayin’.

All joking aside, damn sweet! I knew she could do it. (Please don’t have her fail.)

Honestly, with that kind of RP, I’d be inclined, as a DM, to give a special one-shot “save against failure”, or something like this. Because it improves the whole session, and because the alternative would be, probably, a total party wipe.

Of course, one could also let the die decide, and teach the lesson that fate is a harsh mistress, but I’m not sure it would be best with begginers.

Heck even if her character is not a Paladin I would have at least one god grant her a maximized smite evil.

There would of course be the associated momentary holy glow to the sword as it cleaves through the undead abomination that is now emitting an otherworldly scream despite being rent in twain from stem to stern.

Okay this is my first time commenting like ever since I started reading some years ago but I just had to say that Jo has always been my fave and this scene made me very gay.
Love me some strong ladies with swords

i too, am easily wooed by ladies with swords.

Waifu Jo is tres cute, but for epic awsomeness ripped Jo takes the cake. Takes the Cake, the icing, the plate, candles, prezzies, and whatever humans she wants to take. Give them to her, all her desires!! Because: Jo!

Agreed! I initially liked Jo because I related to her shy geeky personality. But this is also very relatable hahaha

Somehow- the talk about named-weapons reminded me about “Big Baby”, from the Hellboy 2 film.
Big Baby is a HUGE, revolver looking shotgun, with 6 chambers. Each bullet/cartridge is as big as your fist.
Hellboy seems to play a music box, (that is also on BB), before firing it. I don’t know if Big Baby [needs] this music, for magical needs, or for emotional needs.
[ The HB films are kind of a weird world, in my opinion].

Or maybe, Big baby doesn’t need this music at all? The film didn’t say.

I b’lieve that Hawkeye (played by Donald Sutherland) said in the original Mash movie, we play the music because, “it scares the hell outta them.”

It *was* Donald Sutherland, but it was in the Clint Eastwood WWII movie, “Kelly’s Heroes”.

That’s true. Good old 1970s films.
But, I can see how people can mix up those two guys.
I mean, in both films: d. Sutherland plays an oddball, rebel guy in the US Army. Whichever. I wish that D. Sutherland would make more comedy films. :D

Heh, heh! :)
More thoughts on armies + music- IMO, the Scottish bagpipes is a weapon, that the medieval, Scottish soldiers used ON THEIR OWN soldiers. XD
I mean, to get you to fight the battle, you have 2 choices:
1) go out there and fight, or

2) stay here, and listen to that, darn-AWFUL, squeaky-toy-soundin’, ear-pounding music.
I mean, which one would [you] choose?
[ My apologies to all the bagpipe lovers, and to all Scottish people, out there].


now tell me bagpipes don’t sound good

Great video!
Aw heck- I was just joking about bagpipes.
BPs are one of the main reasons I go to Highland Games, when they appear around my town.
Also, at Highland Games- you can test your running speed, by going…repeatedly up to- kilted, burly men, and saying: “NICE DRESS!” :D

Hey now – save some of that love for the Greeks and Cretans since they have their own version of a bagpipe.

Mind you theirs is a wee goat instead of a wee sheep but the effect is the same. Cradle it in your arms with feet up in the air, you hands wrapped around its neck while biting on its tail.

Hey, I love the bagpipes. I love them from afar. Very, very far. I used to have a bagpipes cassette tape. Yes, cassettes were a real thing, back in the old days. Honestly, all bagpipe tunes, if “tune” even applies, sound like “Garry Owen” to me. I am of Scottish descent (MacLeod), and no more insane than your average Scot.

This is cool, and I love what you’re doing but one thing, why is she holding the sword like that? Is it a one handed sword? The handle looks like it’s sized for two hands

she is holding it – talking to it. not holding it – swinging it, right now. grip shifts occur as blade swings occur. grip is determined by desired outcome.

have good grip.

She is of elven heritage so that is a long-sword with which she would get her racial bonus to hit with it.
One handed martial weapon swung two handed gets a +50% to her strength bonus.
Goddess favour grants a smite – maximized sine she really likes that prayer.
Depending on which version of the DnD rules this is she may also have a chance at a critical hit against the undead [not true for 3.0 or 3.5 but true for Pathfinder]

I admit it…
I squeeed so hard I went gay for like 12 seconds.

(Paraprasing Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias)

Dang, that’s a pure moment of awesome there. The wraith doesn’t stand a chance. Well, I suppose she could still roll a 1 and it’s a party wipe …

For some reason I feel like dropping my favorite named sword from my own dnd games. Shadowflash an elven dueling-sword, carried by a vigilante hero.

Those were 2d6 she was holding [2 -12.]; Any Enchanted Weapon is, at least +1 [3-13.]; Creativity +2 [ 5-15]; Use of Iambic Pentameter +1[6-16]; Total Character Immersion +2
Total> 8-18! At minimum, that’s a Stagger. It’s safe to assume 16-18 is a Critical Hit, and that’s before any Magical Effects are applied. Go Jo!
It’s Nice to see Jo’s image of her character looks like she could actually wield that sword. The best description that I have read of a sword fight is from Phil Foglio’s What’s New Column: [Paraphrased] Hold 2 dictionaries at arms length, in front of you, and SLAM them together, rapidly, as hard as you can, for 20 minutes.

I heard a lot of things as I read Joe’s speech to her sword. Green lantern, my little pony, and quite a bit more. But more prominently then anything else, and I don’t know why, I heard Shining Finger.

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