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Purifier ( ( )
Item632
Item Type Weapon
Artifact? Yes
Weight 200s
Danger Level Unknown
Material Iron

The rune-covered heavy mace "Purifier" is a random artifact weapon. As well as being significantly powerful for a one-handed weapon it has three slaying powers, which is very rare for weapons (even the elusive Trident of the Red Rooster has but two). In addition, it grants luck and increases Willpower.

In its unidentified form, Purifier is a 200s 'heavy mace' — meaning that it is impossible to distinguish one from a regular heavy mace, particularly if it is found as a random drop. The only 'safe' ways to tell if such an item is Purifier rather than a regular heavy mace is to identify it by magical means, appraise it (as only artifacts tend to receive a rating of 'great' or above), or try to sell it (artifacts typically have very high selling prices).

DesirabilityEdit

Whilst there are some better weapons than this in terms of raw damage, Purifier is still considerably powerful. It can be used with a shield, allowing for great offence and defence. Its most desirable property, perhaps, is its slaying powers — demon slaying alone is very desirable due to the overall strength of the demon class (containing molochs and balors ), undead and unlife slaying makes it all the better. Unlife slaying is particularly rare, and together with undead slaying, this weapon basically slays all monsters that can be *destroyed* (including constructs, and construct humanoids like margoyles).

In addition to these powers, Purifier grants good luck (in contrast to Executor, which curses), and raises Willpower by 4. The Willpower boost is perhaps not incredibly significant for many melee-orientated classes, but may help spellcasters reach the coveted 32 Willpower mark. Furthermore, the willpower boost combined with its choice of slaying powers would surely make a Mindcrafter very happy if they should find the weapon.

All in all, Purifier is a very nice weapon for almost any PC if it can be found. Its only minor drawbacks are its rather hefty weight for a weapon, and its DV penalty.

Guaranteed/Common SourcesEdit

Like other random artifacts, it is available through pre-crowning, surges of power or greater vaults. It can also appear as random loot (albeit very rarely), such as in Darkforge. Additionally, Priests and Druids may receive it as a crowning gift.

Greater Identify informationEdit

--------- rune-covered heavy mace "Purifier" (+5, 4d5+5) [-4, +1] {Wi +4}---------

It is an artifact.

When wielded it modifies DV by -4 and PV by +1.
When used in melee combat it grants a +5 bonus to hit and causes 4d5+5 points 
of damage. When used as a missile it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d4
points of damage.

It is a demon slayer.
It is an undead slayer.
It is an unlife slayer.
It modifies your willpower attribute by +4.
It grants luck.

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