Segmented Sword (3.5e Equipment)
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Exotic One-Handed Melee
1. See Damage Increases by Size to calculate the damage for a weapon larger than Medium or smaller than Small.
2. Weight figures are for Medium weapons. A Small weapon weighs half as much, and a Large weapon weighs twice as much.
3. When two types are given, the weapon is both types if the entry specifies "and", either type (player's choice at time of attack) if the entry specifies "or", or each end of the double weapon is a different type if the entry specifies "/".
4. The hp value given is for Medium armor, weapons, and shields. Divide by 2 for each size category of the item smaller than Medium, or multiply it by 2 for each size category larger than Medium.
Created by the gnomes in the land of Threewall to fight against invading giants, the segmented sword resembles a giant boxcutter due to its segmented replaceable blade, very sharp yet also very thin and able to be discharged or broken off at the tip when the blades dull against the powerful armor of their opponents. This one-sided blade is otherwise the length of a longsword, with a short grip with hand guard.
You can use the Weapon Finesse feat to apply your Dexterity modifier instead of your Strength modifier to attack rolls with a segmented sword sized for you, even though it isn’t a light weapon for you. You can’t wield a segmented sword in two hands in order to apply 1½ times your Strength bonus to damage. The segmented sword may actually be used as a martial weapon, but it imparts no special properties by doing so.
Those with the appropriate Exotic Weapon Proficiency feat gain the following benefits: If using Weapon Finesse you may use your Dexterity instead of Strength to damage (does not stack with similar effects, such as Shadow BladeToB), and you do not halve your Dexterity modifier to damage on off-hand attacks. If using it in Two-Weapon Fighting the weapon counts as a light weapon for the purposes of penalties. Finally, you may use Whirlwind Attack as if you possessed the feat, but with this weapon only. If you already possess Whirlwind Attack, you gain a second attack with your Whirlwind Attack at -5.
The segmented sword is hard as steel but not quite as durable. They were designed to have blades which could be detached from the hilt and replaced. Replacement blades cost 1/3rd the mundane price of the entire sword (magical enhancements are not discounted), and some clever adventurers have been keeping a "golf bag" of spare blades they can interchange to fit different situations, all without dropping their sword. Detaching blades is a free actions, and attaching blades is part of the same action to draw a weapon (part of a move action or a free action with Quick Draw).
For an additional 10gp, a segmented sword can be combined with 3D maneuver gear, acting as the release point for the hookshots, as well as tethering them to the belt. The tether means that if disarmed, the sword drops at your feet and may be picked up as a free action (though it still provokes for doing so).