Grade CGrade C Wicked Weapons includes the Attacking Club and Ring of Strength.
In Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The Magic Table, the Golden Donkey, and the Club in the Sack’, a woodturner was given an Attacking Club (complete with sack) at the end of his apprenticeship. If he had an enemy he wanted to beat senseless, he could call the Club out of the sack to do the beating for him. Things worked out well; he used the Attacking Club against the greedy innkeeper who stole his brothers’ magical items.
Rings of Strength can be found in a poorly protected enchanted garden. In Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The Prince Who Feared Nothing’, a princess told a giant that she’d accept his hand in marriage if he obtained an apple from the Tree of Life. The giant was at a loss until he met a courageous prince, whom he challenged to retrieve an apple for him.
The lucky prince found the garden and passed the animal guards that happened to be asleep. He climbed the iron gate and reached the Tree of Life. To pick an apple, he had to put his hand through the Ring of Strength that hung in front of it. Once the apple was in his grasp, the Ring of Strength closed around his arm and gave him power that could match that of a giant’s. It also seemed to give him command over the animal guards – one of the lions decided to follow him home.
Grade BThese Wicked Weapons include the One-Shot Gun, Victor’s Sword, Soldier Knapsack and Cannon Hat. They can destroy your enemy with minimal effort on your part.
A magic gnome from Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The Jew in the Thornbush’ granted a servant three wishes; one thing the servant asked for was a One-Shot Gun, which as the name implies, can hit a target in one shot. The servant used it to shoot a pretty bird out of a tree (it was a waste of a wish, if you ask me).
The Victor’s Sword can be found inside an enchanted castle. In ‘The Water of Life’, a prince was on a quest to find the Water of Life that would cure his dying father. With the help of a magic dwarf, the prince navigated the dangerous castle and emerged with treasures that included the Victor’s Sword, which had the power to overcome entire armies. He was good enough to lend it to three war-stricken kingdoms, each of which were good enough to give it back.
If you’re ever wanting of a Soldier Knapsack or Cannon Hat, according to Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The Knapsack, the Hat, and the Horn’, just find men who burn charcoal for a living. In this story, a traveller stumbled upon a Magic Tablecloth in the woods. He displayed its worth to a charcoal burner, who eagerly gave up his Soldier Knapsack in exchange for it. Tapping the Soldier Knapsack with your hand made seven armed soldiers climb out and follow your every command. The traveller used them to get his Magic Tablecloth back.
Then the traveller met another charcoal burner, who wanted to trade his Cannon Hat for the traveller’s Magic Tablecloth. Naturally, the traveller accepted and used the Soldier Knapsack to get his Magic Tablecloth back.
Things got out of hand when the traveller was disowned by his brothers for looking like a tramp. In a rage, the traveller declared war and summoned hundreds of armed men from the Soldier Knapsack. It didn’t help when the king’s army stepped in; the traveller used his Cannon Hat (which if worn and turned upon your head, will bring the firepower of twelve cannons upon your enemy) and devastated the royal troops.
Grade AThe Decapitating Sword, Army Horn and Horn of Destruction are all Wicked Weapons that inflict total annihilation in one messy sweep.
The Decapitating Sword requires even less effort than the Victor’s Sword. Just tell it to chop off everyone’s head except your own, and the deed is done. Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The King of the Golden Mountain’ sees a king outwit a trio of giants, who were squabbling over their inheritance, which included the Decapitating Sword. The king used the giants’ magical items to go home, only to find that his wife had betrayed him. As his people took arms against him, he called upon the Decapitating Sword to take off everyone’s head except his own. He became king again, but it wasn’t clear how many of his subjects still had heads.
In Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The Long Nose’, the Army Horn was one of three gifts given to a trio of army veterans by a magic dwarf. The Army Horn has the power to summon military forces from across the land and was used to threaten the princess who had stolen two of the veterans’ magical items. Unfortunately, the veterans were later duped of the Army Horn, too.
If you’ve had enough of war games, it’s time to use the Horn of Destruction – a Wicked Weapon with the power to wipe out entire settlements. It was the last magical item that the traveller acquired from a charcoal burner in ‘The Knapsack, the Hat, and the Horn’. In a final act of revenge against those who had betrayed him, the traveller blew the Horn of Destruction and reduced towns and cities far and wide to rubble and debris. Then the traveller made himself king of rubble and debris.
Get carried away with Wicked Weaponry and you’ll find nothing but wasteland at your feet. Is defence the best offence in Fairyland? Find out in my next post!