Cursed Sacrificial Dagger (3.5e Equipment)
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Cursed Sacrificial Dagger
Sacrificial daggers are commonplace among the barbarous and evil beings which exist in the world, cutting open live victims and tribute to their dark masters. Such knives, often iron or stone and with wavy blades or unholy text upon them, are terrible in their own right. However, they're only knives. Some, though, develop a mind of their own. Bathed in countless victims, some sacrificial knives thirst for blood and won't mind taking yours.
A cursed sacrificial dagger is a masterwork dagger which becomes a +2 dagger against living creatures and deals a x4 critical when performing a coup de grace, and grants the slayer temporary hp equal to the HD of the sacrificed target for 24 hours (temporary hp overlaps, it does not stack). It also grants a +5 bonus on Knowledge (Religion) checks for topics relating to sacrifice.
These daggers are usually assigned to an alignment or particular deity. When a creature not of the same alignment (or deity) grabs the knife (for example, a LE fighter grabs a CE-aligned cursed sacrificial dagger or a worshiper of Orcus grabs a Lolth-aligned dagger), it will function as normal until first used to resolve an attack. The attack roll is made against its user, and every round afterwards the user will be forced to full attack themselves, unable to drop the dagger or attack another creature. The dagger can only be stopped by another disarming the user, the user losing the ability to attack themselves (such as becoming paralyzed), or casting remove curse (which allows the user to drop the dagger). The knife will not betray a user of the same alignment or choice of worship, but the user must coup de grace a creature at least once a month, or it will become hostile to them.
The knife radiates faint evil, but does not have any evil powers that are obvious until the curse is revealed.
Faint necromancy; CL 5th; Craft Magic Arms and Armor, backbiterSpC; Price 1,500 gp.