I’m taking part in the A-Z Challenge, and my theme is Dungeons & Dragons.
The Fierce Axe is a mighty artifact also known as the “Axe of the Dwarvish Lords.” The Axe is a short-handled axe backed by a clawed hammer head. Intricate runes are etched into its blade, which is also plated with gold. The head of the Axe appears to be an erupting volcano with flames forming the head’s prongs.
The Axe is a +6 keen throwing goblinoid bane dwarven waraxe. Any non-dwarf who holds the axe loses some of their vitality, while a dwarf who holds it gains improved darkvision, bonuses to Craft skill checks, and the ability to send for an elder earth elemental.
Legends say that the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords was forged by the First King of the dwarves, Silvervein Moradinson, for the honor of the god Moradin. It was the last of the Five Great Tools; the others were the Brutal Pick, the Earthheart Forge, the Anvil of Songs, and the Shaping Hammer. The other four were used to make the fifth.
An alternate version of the myth, recounted briefly in Dragon #245, said that the Axe was forged by the first seven lords of the dwarves using a hammer and anvil left to them by Moradin after the Creation. The powers of the Axe came from the song the dwarves sang as they forged it.
Sages suggest the Axe has been lost and rediscovered dozens of times since its creation, each time heralding great change and turmoil among the dwarves. Many Dwarf historians tell of a dwarf named Brassbeard slaying his uncle, King Irontooth Moradinson, out of greed for the axe, plunging the dwarves into civil war. Apparently, the Axe was last lost during the Invoked Devastation, a spell cast by the mad wizard Xodast Xuel-Crix.
Legend has it that when the Axe is found again, the Age of High Kings will return and the dwarven peoples will be reunited at last.