The Sword of Balance
|) Sword of Balance|
|Base item||silver short sword|
|Damage vs. small||1d6 +5 +(1d20)|
|Damage vs. large||1d8 +5 +(1d20)|
|Weapon skill||short sword|
|Base price||5000 zm|
The Sword of Balance is a neutrally aligned silver short sword added in SLASH'EM. It has +2 to hit and +5 to damage against non-neutral monsters.
This artifact is relatively weak, and mostly serves to 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. The primary 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 it 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 is still preferable as a secondary, however.