The Sword of Balance

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)   Sword of Balance   Silver short sword.png
Base item silver short sword
Damage vs. small 1d6 +5 +(1d20)
Damage vs. large 1d8 +5 +(1d20)
To-hit bonus +2
Bonus versus non-neutral
Weapon skill short sword
Size one-handed
Affiliation
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When wielded

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When invoked

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Base price 5000 zm
Weight 30
Material silver

The Sword of Balance is an artifact weapon added in SLASH'EM. It is neutrally aligned, and its base item is a silver short sword. It has +2 to hit and +5 to damage against cross-aligned monsters.

Strategy

This artifact is relatively weak, and will mostly make it more difficult for neutral characters in SLASH'EM to get a decent artifact weapon (a problem compounded by the multiple non-weapon sacrifice gifts that neutrals can receive). It only gets a modest damage bonus against non-neutrals, and is quite weak against the numerous always-hostile neutrals.

One possible use is against the extremely tough werecreatures that appear in SLASH'EM, including werepanthers, weretigers, and werespiders, though Werebane is clearly a better choice for this. Another possible use for The Sword Of Balanced is for #twoweaponing, which is allowed for artifacts in SLASH'EM. Its silver damage is also quite useful in Gehennom, and its damage bonus makes it preferable to an ordinary silver saber. A weapon such as Skullcrusher or Doomblade will still outperform it as a secondary, however.

Naming

Up until the latest version of SLASH'EM, this weapon could be #named in the manner of Sting or Orcrist. This was changed in the latest stable release[1], however, to be no longer possible.

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