Song-blades are special elven longswords crafted to produce musical whistles and chimes when swung or struck. The swords are slightly curved and feature a slightly thicker blade along the curved portion. Along the length of the blade are cunningly crafted holes, many containing bells and chimes. A wielder with 3 or more ranks in Perform (percussion instruments) receives a + 1 circumstance bonus on attack rolls and a + 2 circumstance bonus to Perform checks made with a song-blade.
It is possible to both fight and perform with a song-blade simultaneously. This requires a full-round action and permits one attack and one Perform check, both resolved with the same die roll.
Song-blades are favored by elven bards. Using a song-blade as a musical instrument without proficiency with it as a weapon imposes a -4 penalty to Perform checks.
Exotic Weapon, Elven
|Cost||Dmg (S)||Dmg (M)||Critical||Range||Weight|
|250 gp||1d6||1d8||19-20/x2||–||2 lbs.|
All song-blades are mastercraft items. Song-blades may be used with the weapon finesse feat, but only if the wielder is proficient in the use of the song-blade.