Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Demonblood Sword

Paris thinks the above looks like a Nabassu.

Our friends at Adventure Time inspired me once again, and so I issued an Obscure challenge to guest blogger and FoMR Paris Crenshaw.  (Another great episode, by the way, Adventure Time crew.)  Those navy men don't fool around with this sort of thing: he quickly responded on his blog.  He's even tweaked it in response to some comments I gave him.  So for a fully written-up Pathfinder version of Finn's family sword (easily converted, if necessary), the demonblood sword that his adopted father apparently made with blood he stole from a demon, head over to Paris blog (linked above).  Also, I don't think you can comment on Paris' page, so feel free to leave comments for him here.  I like the flavor you have achieved, Paris, but with a drawback as big as a 5% chance that the demon will appear to demand its blood back every time the sword is drawn, I wonder if the power or benefits of the sword ought to be greater.

I will be curious to see if the demonblood sword, AKA the family sword, continues to appear in future episodes.  If so, we may learn more of its powers and Paris can look forward to further pesterings.  :-)

Will this be the main sword for Finn the rest of the season?


  1. It looks like the Cheliax symbol in the center.

    what was the sentence to banish the demon?

  2. Or, the Celtic cross which a Cheliax symbol looks like. I wait for the revelation that the Adventure Time crew plays Pathfinder at work.

    "Kee Oth Rama Pancake!"

  3. Hmm I coulda sworn they said 'Goth drama pancake'. Which would be funnier IMO

  4. Thanks for the shout-out, Theo. I had fun trying to come up with rules to fit that sword.

    The challenge of a 1-in-20 chance of summoning a pissed-off demon every time you draw a sword is not something that would normally fit in a balanced game, but I don't think you can call ATwF&J a very "balanced" world. ;) Also, if you consider the fact that the demon showed up two of the three different times the weapon was picked up or drawn during the show, a 5% chance is being generous.

    And as I pointed out in the comment under the description, a character whose wealth includes a 20,000-gp sword could conceivably be 8th level, so a CR 6 demon isn't an insurmountable opponent, especially one wielding a demon-bane sword. The CR 8 nabasu suggestion is just based on the show. (And they've got that nice incantation to use on him. To me, it sounded like "Kee Oth Brama Pancake.")

    Lastly, I think you can comment on my site if you sign into your Google account using the tiny little link at the bottom of the page. It's not a very user-friendly feature, but I think that should do it.

    Thanks, again! I'm still ruminating on that other challenge you posed via private channels. I'll let you know how that turns out.

  5. PARIS! In the up-coming Nightosphere double episode, Finn has the demonsword with him!

  6. Hey, that's really cool. I have a feeling ATwFaJ will become a more frequent pastime for me over the next several months. ;-)