Sword and hammer was a more advanced version of the common spiritual weapon spell utilized specifically by the clerics of the Church of Tyr,[1][2][3] and was revealed only to war-focused initiates into that church's secrets.[4] The spell could also be provided in scroll form by the holy relic known as the Balance of Belaros.[5]


Within a medium range,[6] this divine spell evoked a longsword and a warhammer of force in imitation of Tyr's own weapons.[1][6] Depending on the power of the caster or version of the spell used, the mystical weapons could appear at normal[1] or double size[1][2][3] and appeared shadowy, not metallic.[2][3] They struck silently.[2][3]

The two weapons acted as mystical constructs[2][3] and could be directed to attack any target, which they would do without any need for further control.[2][3][6] If directed to attack a single opponent, they would always attempt to flank that opponent.[1] Since they were created from force, they could strike illusions or incorporeal creatures and overcome certain magical defenses.[1][6] Since they were themselves incorporeal, they could not be harmed by mundane means, but several spells could destroy them.[6]

More powerful versions of the spell dealt further force damage and were more likely to inflict critical wounds.[1]

By simply concentrating on them for a few moments, the caster could direct the weapons to cease attack or direct their attacks toward a new target.[2][3][6] If they defeated their target or if they ever found themselves out of sight from the cleric who evoked them, they would return to his or her side automatically.[6] It was impossible for anyone but the caster to control the weapons.[2][3]

The weapons took six seconds[6] or fewer[2][3] to evoke and lasted for just over a minute[6] to up to nearly a half hour,[2][3] depending on the power of the caster and the version of the spell used.[2][3][6] When the duration of the spell ended, the weapons vanished in a display of sparkling motes.[2][3]


The spell required verbal and somatic components[2][3][6] and, by some accounts, the cleric's holy symbol as well.[6]



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