Is that a sword in your scabbard? Or are you just a random table?

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Finally, we get to the end of our exploration of randomly created swords. We delved into the depths  of myarmoury.com to find out about the bits and pieces of the sword, and we’ve got the hilt constructed, the blade constructed. And now we get to the ornamentation of the sword. And then at the end we help you get some details about the crafter itself. Enjoy.
 


ORNAMENTATION
1d12 Runes
1 runes run the length of the sword’s fuller
2 runes run the length of the swords blade
3 runes imprinted on the tang
4 runes on the pommel
5 A set of strange runes are carved into the blade near the hilt
6 A set of strange runes are carved into the blade on the fuller
7 A set of strange runes are carved into the blade into the tang
8 A set of strange runes are carved into the pommel of the sword
9 A single rune is carved into the blade near the hilt
10 A single rune is carved into the middle of the sword’s fuller
11 A single rune is carved into the middle of the swords tang
12 A single rune is carved in the pommel of the sword
1d10 Etchings
1 The image of a [CREATURE] is carved into the blade
2 A Coat of Arms is carved into the blade
3 An Etched Name
4 An Etched Location
5 Wickerwork Etchings
6 Gothic Tracery Etchings
7 “Grotesque” Etching Method
8 Scrolled Decoration Etchings
9 Moresque Etchings
10 Flower Etching

THEMED SWORDS
1d6 Hilt
1 The Features of the hilt are carved to look like the head of a [CREATURE]
2 The Features of the hilt are carved to look like a [CREATURE]
3 An [ETCHING] is carved into the the hilt
4 The cross-guard of the sword is carved to look like intertwined [CREATURE]s
5 A vow is carved into the hilt.
6 The hilt is ancient compared to the blade.
1d8 Blade
1 Intertwined [CREATURE]s have been carved into the blade.
2 A single [CREATURE] has been carved into the blade.
3 A [CREATURE] has been inset into the blade with [Random Metal].
4 The blade has been carved to look like the bottom half of a [CREATURE].
5 The blade has been carved to look like the neck and head of a [CREATURE].
6 The blade is emblazoned with the markings of a [Random Country]
7 Enough Ornamentation is on the blade. It makes the sword only useful for ceremonies
8 An epic poem is etched into the blade.
CRAFTER DETAILS
1d8 Smith’s sigil appears on the:
1 Blade
2 Fuller Top
3 Fuller Bottom
4 Tang
5 Cross-Section
6 Grip
7 Pommel
8 Basket Guard
1d6 Crafters Experience Level
1 an Apprentice smith
2 a Journeyman smith
3 a standard smith
4 a Gifted smith
5 a Master smith
6 a Grandmaster smith
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5 thoughts on “Is that a sword in your scabbard? Or are you just a random table?

    Mark said:
    June 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I like it. I’ve been tinkering with the process and feel a few things are missing. Ornamentation and etchings are likely not common. Especially for run of the mill swords and those grafted by non-gifted smiths. You haven’t touched on that yet but I applaud the details you have included.

    Nice work.

      TheRandomDM responded:
      June 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks for the comment, and linking. But I am unsure about what you think is missing? I’d love to correct the mistake.

        Mark said:
        June 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

        I wasn’t very clear. What’s your take on the chance of swords having ornamentation or etchings vs. just unadorned blades? E.g., do 10% of swords have decorative items? 20%?

        TheRandomDM responded:
        June 10, 2011 at 2:53 am

        Ahhh. In general my tables aren’t about random loot. It’s more about offering a table that can be used to generate more thought, or inspire an idea. I definitely wouldn’t use the sword tables for anything other then a magical or story based sword.
        For instance, why does the constable have a sword with goblinoid runes on it? It adds flavor, and makes the players guess at what us really in your head.

        For instance in my last session, my players broke into a warehouse. That has public storage like compartments. Each one had a randomly generated lock on it. When they discovered two tumbler locks, that had goblin script on it they got suspicious and started throwing out ideas on what it meant. To me it meant free plot twists.

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