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Base item long sword
Damage vs. small 1d8 x2
Damage vs. large 1d12 x2
To-hit bonus +1d5
Bonus versus not poison resistant
Weapon skill long sword
Size one-handed
When carried


When wielded
When invoked


Base price 3000 zm
Weight 40
Material iron

Dirge is an chaotic intelligent knight-favoring long sword in SporkHack. It is given to chaotic knights who sacrifice a member of their own race on a chaotic altar while wielding a long sword. It can also be given normally to any chaotic character.

As an artifact, it has +5 to-hit and is permanently poisoned. It deals an extra 1d6 like normal poisoning, but also doubles the base and enchantment damage against non-poison resistant monsters. Dirge is mediocre against poison-resistant monsters, but deals incredible amounts of damage versus monsters that don't resist poison.

Fully enchanted, to non-poison resistant creatures it deals almost as much damage as a fully enchanted Graywswandir versus silver-hating creatures.

Average damage calculation

The average damage calculations in the following table do not include bonuses from weapon skills, strength, or from using a blessed weapon against undead or demons. It also does not include the 10% chance to instantly kill non-poison resistant monsters.

Weapon Poison-resistant Not poison-resistant
Small monster Large monster Small monster Large monster
+0 Dirge \frac{1+8}{2}=\bold{4.5} \frac{1+12}{2}=\bold{6.5} \left (\frac{1+8}{2} \right )\times 2+3.5=\bold{12.5} \left (\frac{1+12}{2} \right )\times 2+3.5=\bold{16.5}
+7 Dirge \frac{1+8}{2}+7=\bold{11.5} \frac{1+12}{2}+7=\bold{13.5} \left (\frac{1+8}{2}+7\right )\times 2+3.5=\bold{26.5} \left (\frac{1+12}{2}+7\right )\times 2+3.5=\bold{30.5}