2-handed exotic weapon. 2d6 damage. 19-20 x2 critical. 8 lbs. 85 gp. Special: trip
This immense two-handed sword is marked with cruel barbs and prongs to catch off-balance foes. When you make a full attack and strike your foe with your first attack, but deal more damage with a secondary attack against the same enemy using this weapon, his speed is lowered by 5 ft. for one round and you may make a trip attempt against that enemy with a +2 bonus.
The first briarblades were forged by the Howlers, a savage band of forest guardians who would leap screaming into battle, almost naked save for their deadly two-handed weapons. The Howlers would come away covered in scars, and it was hard to find new recruits. However, they developed the briarblade to put fear into those who would defile their forest, laying enemies low and helpless among the tangled roots of the forest floor.
One of their greatest warriors, known for wearing a single thorny rose in his hair during battle, was felled by a dwarven captain-at-arms who was too difficult to trip. This warrior and his briarblade were brought to a nearby town, and the secret weapon was developed and its use spread elsewhere. Facing enemies trained to counter their best attack, the Howlers were eventually disbanded and driven from the forest, leaving their weapon as a fell legacy.
This weapon is great for a raging barbarian with a bit of extra style. You don’t have to specialize in tripping to be awesome with this weapon, but that’s the path to getting the maximum benefit. Enjoy the use of a terrifying blade of legend!