Tsurugi

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Name tsurugi
Appearance long samurai sword
Damage vs. small 1d16
Damage vs. large 1d8+2d6
To-hit bonus +2
Weapon skill two-handed sword
Size two-handed
Base price 500 zm
(+10/positive
enchant)
Weight 60
Material metal

A tsurugi is a special weapon that is not normally generated. It exists to serve as the base item for the Tsurugi of Muramasa, though it is also possible to wish for an ordinary one. When unidentified, a tsurugi appears as a long samurai sword.

Tsurugis are made of metal rather than iron, so they do not need to be rustproofed.

Generation

Tsurugis are not randomly generated. The only way to get one is to find the Tsurugi of Muramasa or to wish for one. They may also appear on bones levels of adventurers that happened to have one.

Strategy

Tsurugis do even more damage than ordinary two-handed swords, but are subject to the same disadvantages.

While the Tsurugi of Muramasa might be worth wishing for, if you want its chance of bisecting monsters, a non-artifact tsurugi is not worth a wish. Any role that is unrestricted in two-handed swords can twoweapon, and there are weapon combinations that can do more damage than an ordinary tsurugi.

Appearance

Unlike the curved katana, the tsurugi is a straight-bladed double-edged sword. Kusanagi, one of the three objects of the Imperial Regalia of Japan, is said to be a tsurugi.

Encyclopedia entry

The tsurugi, also known as the long samurai sword, is an
 extremely sharp, two-handed blade favored by the samurai.
 It is made of hardened steel, and is manufactured using a
 special process, causing it to never rust. The tsurugi is
 rumored to be so sharp that it can occasionally cut
 opponents in half!