Ward Scored / Dragon Forged “Crackling Weapon” Bastard Sword:
In general “Ward Scored” and “Dragon Forged” magic weapons are cheaper than magic weapons created by alchemists. “Ward Scored” magic items use a plaque of dragon bone to hold enchantments while “Dragon Forged” use dragon dust in the creation of the magic items. Of course the ability of these magic items being able to be made by non alchemists are a major advantage. Interestingly, these two types of enchantments can be combined in a single weapon.
While less common than “Fiery Weapon” enchantments on magic weapons which combine the “Ward Scored” and “Dragon Forged” styles of enchantment, “Crackling Weapon” enchanted weapons are reasonably common. As far as how these enchanted weapons are made, these weapons are usually made by expert weapon smiths, most commonly Kobold smiths, using dragon dust with a dragon bone plaque imbedded in the blade itself. The dragon bone plague holds the enchantment of “Crackling Weapon.”
Different sized swords are made with bastard swords, long swords, and claymores being quite popular. Of course long swords are the least expensive with bastard swords and claymores being slightly more expensive.
Even though the dragon dust used in the weapon makes the sword relatively resistant to rust, the weapon needs to be properly cared for or they will corrode. Still, they are considered far tougher than most non magical weapons and are often prized across generations. There are some of these weapons which are believed to be centuries old. The “Crackling Weapon” makes these weapons completely immune to lightning.
Even though these swords are available without a scabbard enchanted with “Immune to Energy,” it is most common for these weapons to be sold with one. Otherwise these weapons are hard to be carried by their wielders. These scabbards are expensive however due to needing a dragon bone plaque with the enchantment of “Impervious to Lightning.”
Weight: 4.5 lbs (2.1 kg). Length: 3.75 feet (1.0 meters).
Damage: 3D6+5 normal damage for hand to hand attacks. Add 2D6 lightning damage for 5D6+5 combined damage. If applicable, add strength bonuses to damage.
Bonuses due to Quality: +2 initiative, +3 damage, +1 strike, and +1 parry for a Kobold forged weapon.
Cost: 22,150 for the sword itself. An “Impervious to Energy” scabbard costs an additional 12,500 gold.