Black ora weapon
Black ora weapons were originally released during the 2005 Wavedancer event and are scripted weapons comprised of black ora. These weapons are also known as Pure Black Ora Weapons and Unholy Weapons. The first two released were a black ora longsword and a black ora maul. There have been other notable black ora weapons released including at the Ebon Gate 2009 auction, Return to Coraesine Field 2013, and the Great Auction of 2016.
These weapons are permanently cursed, give a bonus to mana point regeneration and wisdom, and give a penalty to spirit regeneration. The permanent curse means that upon holding the weapon (retrieving it from a scabbard, another player, etc.) the user has just a few seconds to deal with the weapon before the shadows surrounding the weapon wrap around the character's hand. Once this happens, the character needs to have the curse neutralized before stowing, dropping, or giving the weapon. The curse may be neutralized by pouring a dose of a pure potion or other potion (usually from special events) that contains the spell Neutralize Curse (309) or Remove Curse (315), or by having either spell cast on them.
Because of its evil nature, black ora will backlash against its wielder if they attempt to use it to attack an undead creature. A backlash will likewise occur if anyone attempts to cast Bless (304) on the weapon. Successfully bonding with Holy Weapon (1625) will cause it to be marked as sanctified, but it will still backlash if used to attack the undead.
Pure black ora come in two varieties, minor and major. Minor weapons are more readily available and have all the features as described. Major black ora weapons have all the same features but additionally can be attended once per day to teleport the user to a preset location. Major weapons are usually distributed with a +30 or above bonus, while minor weapons are normally distributed with a +20 or +25 bonus.
The black ora longsword is shrouded in swirling shadows from top to bottom and no amount of light seems to be able to penetrate the gloom.
Custom curse/uncurse messaging
Black ora has special flares, including some that seem to use the disruption critical table. It has been reported by players that the flare rate is approximately 25%, which is higher than the standard flare rate of approximately 15%. Because the flares are script-based, these weapons have their special properties slot open and can accept another set of flares or weighting provided they do not take up the primary script slot.
** A low moaning emanates from your (weapon) as the shadows swirl off and surround the (creature), assaulting it with flashes of greenish-black essence! ** ** As you attack the (creature), the shadows surrounding your (weapon) swirl off and strike! ** ** As you land your blow, the shadows surrounding the (weapon) begin to swirl like a miniature vortex. The greenish-black essence batters the (creature)! ** ** As you strike the (creature), the shadows surrounding his (weapon) swirl off and strike! ** ** As your (weapon) connects with the (creature), a low hiss is heard and the shadows strike with greenish-black essence fangs! ** ** Dancing bursts of greenish-black essence pulse from your (weapon) as the shadows lengthen and extend to assault the (creature)! ** ** The shadows surrounding your (weapon) lash out with a crack of greenish-black essence! **
The ambient messaging is based upon the deity to whom a character is converted. On occasion the weapon lashes back and hurts the wielder. The following is a list of messaging for an unconverted character.
Your twohanded sword suddenly pulses, causing the area to be overcome with shadows. After a brief duration, the shadows begin to recede to the light and your vision returns. The twohanded sword pulses in your hand, as if seeking something. Kout tightens his grip on his black ora spear. The shadows swirl around your twohanded sword. The shadows surrounding your twohanded sword swirl around and a low murmuring can be faintly heard from within the gloom. The shadows surrounding Basra's black ora longsword swirl around and a low murmuring can be faintly heard. Bolts of greenish-black lightning spark from the shadow twisting around your twohanded sword. For no apparent reason, you dive forward and hit the ground, covering the twohanded sword with your body. The shadows surrounding your twohanded sword writhe and twist. The shadows surrounding your hand begins to darken and constrict savagely! Your hand swells and turns purple, then explodes in a shower of blood! ... 20 points of damage! Bones from several fingers driven through your skin. You are stunned for 1 round! The twohanded sword in your hand pulses as waves of evil emanate from it. Roundtime 30 sec. Kout cowers away from the black ora spear in his hand. Your twohanded sword whispers softly to you in an unknown tongue and you feel a strong tug from deep within your chest. A tendril of shadow from your twohanded sword floats to the ground, and then goes darting around the floor, with a trail of lurid greenish-black smoke behind it. A faint swirl of green haze rises off your twohanded sword in sinuous curls bearing a lingering scent of decay. The shadow twisting around your twohanded sword extends forth a bit and sniffs around. The shadows surrounding your twohanded sword pulse swirl up and divide. The twin columns of shadow dart to and fro, then twist around each other before coming to wrap around the sword. You feel your twohanded sword pull at your hand, as if trying to escape. A wave of nausea washes over you as your battlesword attempts to writhe free of your grasp. Basra turns a few shades lighter and tightens their grip on her longsword. Your black ora spear pulls at your hand, as if yearning for the blood of your enemy. Kout tightens his grip on his black ora spear with a haunted expression in his eyes. A low moaning wail emanates from your black ora longsword. For no apparent reason, you roll around on the floor, staring banefully at your black ora mace. A soft keening emanates from within your black ora longsword, filling you with a sense of confidence. Eyes narrow as the mutter darkly utterly unaware of your presence. Waves of revulsion pour from your black ora mace and you stare at it.