The Sword of Annihilation

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Base item long sword
Damage vs. small 1d8 +1d12
Damage vs. large 1d12 +1d12
To-hit bonus +1d5
Bonus versus monsters without disintegration resistance
Weapon skill long sword
Size one-handed
Affiliation
When carried

(none)

When wielded
  • disintegration resistance
When invoked

(none)

Base price 25000 zm
Weight 37
Material metal

The Sword of Annihilation is an artifact weapon that appears in EvilHack. It is unaligned, and its base item is a long sword made of steel.

Generation

The Sword of Annihilation can only be created by combining Angelslayer and either The Eye of Vecna or The Hand of Vecna at a forge - it cannot be wished for, and will revert to its base item if left in a bones file.

Description

The Sword of Annihilation has +1d5 to-hit and a +1d12 damage bonus against monsters that do not have disintegration resistance, and provides disintegration resistance while wielded. The Sword of Annihilation is also indestructible, much like the invocation items, and in particular cannot be disintegrated or permanently lost in a chasm - it can still potentially be lost if a bag of holding explodes with it inside, however.

Nonresistant monsters hit by The Sword of Annihilation have a 112 chance of being disintegrated entirely, destroying their inventory along with them and leaving no corpse behind - the sole exception to this is Vecna, who will still leave behind The Hand of Vecna of The Eye of Vecna even if disintegrated; the Riders will instead instantly reintegrate with full HP. Otherwise, there is a separate chance of the target's worn armor being disintegrated: the chance is 13 for worn shields, 14 for worn cloaks, and 16 for worn body armor.

The Sword of Annihilation can be forged together with Ashmar to create the Armor of Retribution.

Strategy

The Sword of Annihilation's ability to instantly destroy monsters is especially valuable against unique monsters and other hostiles in the late game and endgame that have large pools of hit points, though this comes at the cost of any valuable loot that they may be carrying.

Encyclopedia entry

Not much is known about this blade, as very few have lived
to tell the tale after encountering the one that wields it.
It is said that everything this sword touches is utterly
destroyed. Probably more rumor than anything...