Black Blade of Obfuscation

weapon (melee)
Elspeth’s Progression
Ravenlock’s Level Magic Bonus Int Wis/Cha Ego Arcane Pool Special
3-4 +1 11 7 7 1 Alertness, Black Blade Strike +1, Telepathy, Unbreakable
5-6 +2 12 8 10 2 Energy Attunement, Black Blade Strike +2
7-8 +2 13 9 12 2
9-10 +3 14 10 14 3 Teleport Blade, Black Blade Strike +3
11-12 +3 15 11 16 3
13-14 +4 16 12 18 4 Transfer Arcana, Black Blade Strike +4
15-16 +4 17 13 20 4
17-18 +5 18 14 24 5 Spell Defense, Black Blade Strike +5
19-20 +5 19 15 26 5 Life Drinker

Alertness (Ex): While Ravenlock is wielding Elspeth, he gains the Alertness feat.

Black Blade Strike (Sp): As a free action, spending a point of Elspeth’s arcane pool grants her the listed bonus to damage rolls for one minute.

Telepathy (Su): Elspeth may communicate telepathically using any language she knows with any intelligent creature within 100’.

Unbreakable (Ex): As long as she has at least 1 point left in her arcane pool, Elspeth is immune to the broken condition. If broken, she is unconscious and powerless until repaired. If destroyed, Elspeth may be reforged one week later through a special ritual that costs 200gp per magus level. The ritual takes 24 hours to complete.

Energy Attunement (Su): At 5th level, as a free action, spending a point of Elspeth’s arcane pool allows her to deal cold, electricity, or fire damage instead of weapon damage. Spending 2 points allows her to deal sonic or force damage instead. This effect lasts until the end of Ravenlock’s next turn.

Teleport Blade (Sp): At 9th level, as a standard action, spending a point of Elspeth’s arcane pool allows her to instantly teleport to Ravenlock’s hand from as far as 1 mile away.

Transfer Arcana (Su): At 13th level, once per day, Ravenlock can attempt to siphon points from Elspeth’s arcane pool into his own. Doing so takes a full-round action, and the magus must succeed at a Will save against Elspeth’s ego score. If Ravenlock succeeds, he regains 1 point for every 2 he saps from Elspeth. If he fails, he becomes fatigued (but can try again). If he is already fatigued, he becomes exhausted again, and may not attempt this ability if he is exhausted. Using this ability without asking Elspeth first tends to make her cranky.

Spell Defense (Sp): At 17th level, as a free action, spending a point of Elspeth’s arcane pool grants Ravenlock SR equal to Elspeth’s ego until the start of his next turn.

Life Drinker (Su): At 19th level, each time Ravenlock kills a living creature with Elspeth, he can pick one of the following effects:

  • Elspeth regains 2 points to her arcane pool
  • Ravenlock and Elspeth each regain 1 point to their arcane pools
  • Ravenlock gains temporary HP equal to Elspeth’s ego score, lasting for 1 minute

The creature killed must have a number of Hit Dice equal to half of Ravenlock’s level for this to occur.


Elspeth is a tall bastard sword, with a blade formed of a single piece of glittering black crystal, bonded to Jhediah Ravenlock. Her mental voice is dry and occasionally sarcastic, as it was in life. Elspeth remembers how to speak Common and Old Alphatian.

The Black Blade Elspeth was once Elspeth Solanwynn, a twenty-two year old witch, before she was slain under mysterious circumstances. She doesn’t like to talk about her life before she became a sword; the memories are too difficult to deal with in her current mental state. She rather enjoys the new perspective on magic and the nature of reality that being a creature of pure thought has afforded her, although she’d still leap at the chance to become human again. Probably.


The Rhodene Marches Skeeve Skeeve