"The world is in chaos."
"Yes, we see that. Evil has grown strong."
"We have chosen a Champion to guide the people."
"Send him...the sword."
Harvester of Souls
Gleaming with a light from the heavens, the Harvester of Souls is a longsword made of the strongest ore tempered by the gods themselves.
The Harvester of Souls is a tool given to one chosen by the gods to be their champion. It is powered by the souls of the wicked, giving the wielder the opportunity to use them in the name of good.
The gods are not quick to offer the sword to a mortal. The world has to be in grave peril for them to name a Champion.
Designer Notes: Thanks to those that offered inspiration on Twitter. While I asked them for something Autumn themed, the imagination can lead a designer in other directions.
I'm not sure if this item feels like an artifact from a mechanical perspective, but I think the story implications could make for some interesting roleplaying.
The Harvester of Souls was created using Power2ool for Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition by Wizards of the Coast. Image courtesy of http://hgjart.com/.
Edit 9/18/2012: Added a cap to the number of souls you can store at one time in the sword. Also clarified that the powers are free actions.