Ancestral blade of the Amatatsu royal familty of Minkai.


Aura strong evocation; CL 20th

Slot none; Weight 6 lbs.

Alignment NG; Ego 25

Senses 60 ft., darkvision, detect Amatatsu scions, read languages

Int 12; Wis 16, Cha 13

Communication speech, telepathy

Languages Common, Tien

Powers Constant—endure elements

3/day-air walk, daylight, resist energy (cold), see invisibility


Suishen is a +2 defending flaming katana. The ancestral blade of the Amatatsu family, Suishen is believed to contain the soul of the first Amatatsu emperor of Minkai. It has been passed down through generations of the family, serving as advisor and spiritual guide.

Suishen can detect any scion of the Amatatsu family within 60 feet, whether a natural-born descendant or a person invested with the right to rule as an Amatatsu (such as a creature marked by the Amatatsu Seal). Although Suishen is neutral good, any Amatatsu scion, regardless of alignment, can wield the sword without gaining a negative level. This boon is at Suishen’s discretion, however, and should such a scion ever betray the family or prove unworthy as an heir, the sword can reinstate this penalty and cause a personality conflict. Even though Suishen can likely dominate anyone who tries to wield it, the sword usually acquiesces to the wishes of its wielder, provided she is a rightful Amatatsu scion—though after 50 years of holding its silence, Suishen is a bit rough as a conversationalist, communicating in a very gruff, no-nonsense manner.

Suishen has a number of additional abilities as well, though it reveals these powers to its wielder only after she has shown herself honorable and worthy of bearing the family’s heirloom blade. With a single night’s meditation, Suishen can impart proficiency unto the weilder, however, the proficiency is solely with Suishen and not any other katana unless the wielder has the feat Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Katana). After three days of nightly meditation, Suishen can impart the Amatatsu style of kenjutsu. This is equivalent to Weapon Finesse, but only with Suishen. After a full week of nightly meditation, the combined combat knowledge of all of Suishen’s past wielders is imparted, granting Dervish Dance, again, solely with Suishen. If a new person wields Suishen, that person must learn the sword’s additional powers all over again.


Suishen is destroyed if the blade is used to slay the last Amatatsu scion.



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