Ruins of Adventure
These three broadswords are forged of a strange green metal. The shell-guards are shaped like a metal gauntlet with two black eyes painted on the back.
These three swords were given to the leaders of the various Orc gangs in the slums of Old Phlan by Mace, high priest of Iyachtu Xvim. These weapons function as +1 broadswords for all purposes, but the wielder suffers a -2 penalty on saving throws against spells cast by priests of Iyachtu Xvim. The +1 bonus also extends to punching attacks made with the shell-guard.
When wielded by an Orc or Half-Orc, the blade gives the wielder an aura of strength and confidence, granting a +1 bonus to the wielder’s Leadership score as long as it is held in hand.
The metal is a rare alloy native to the plane of Baator. It is as strong as steel, but functions as cold iron against extraplanar creatures to which that metal is inimical. Against Tanar’ri, specifically, it is particularly feared—the sight of a weapon of this material forces an immediate (unmodified) morale check as soon as the weapon is presented.
The swords can also be used as an unholy symbol of Iyachtu Xvim for all related purposes (such as bypassing divine wards created by a priest of Xvim).
Additional Information: (from Lyra)
Some time after the last fall of Phlan, some hundred years ago, the former temple of Tyr, and seat of the Moonsea Diocese, was converted to a temple of Xvim—making it the oldest active religion in the city, and the dominant religion by number of worshipers (if you were to count orcs, goblins, ogres, and the like in a census). Over the last two years, since the establishment of “New Phlan”, the temple of Xvim has been trying to organize and unite the many humanoid gangs and tribes in the city—presumably (from the human standpoint) for the purpose of opposing the Council. Adventurers report swords such as these being seen in the hands of more than a few orc gang-leaders and tribal bosses—both as a sign of their being in the favor of the Xvimlar temple and priests (and thus Xvim’s favor) and as a reminder of their allegiances.