Aura strong CL 20th
Slot none; Price —; Weight 24 lbs.
This Large +4 Jurist Vorpal Greataxe could easily be mistaken for a poleaxe or falchion; it has 6 foot long, stout wooden haft with an oversized angled blade mounted at the end. Galt’s collapse after the Fall led the Gray Gardeners to separate the Final Blades from their guillotines and craft these terrible weapons. An 8th level Gray Gardener is considered proficient in this weapon and (if medium in size) can ignore the usual size restrictions and penalties for using a Large weapon.
A justice splitter’s damage penetrates all damage reduction (save epic damage reduction) and negates all regeneration effects. A creature slain by either a coup de grace or a fatal vorpal strike delivered by this weapon is immediately targeted by a soul bind effect that automatically places her soul into the blade itself (no save). A justice splitter has no limit to the number of souls it can hold. It is possible to release a soul from a justice splitter to allow that creature to be resurrected, but the ritual involved is a closely guarded secret known only to the Gray Gardeners.
Although the justice splitters are minor artifacts, they can be destroyed by damage. The exact defenses of each vary, but all have hardness 20 and 120 hit points. When one is destroyed, the trapped souls explode in a wave of necromantic power— some of these souls manifest as incorporeal undead and immediately attack all living creatures in sight. The number and nature of these angry souls varies, but should usually consist of at least a CR 12 (or higher) encounter.