Axe of Ten-Thousand Strokes
Practice makes permanent
The axe-head glints in the summer sun. I see her felling Kava plants, harvesting the two thousand shoots to which she is entitled. I am shocked to see hundreds of Kava shoots already neatly divided on the ground. What magic is this, that cuts through the steel-grass like an oar through water?The Axe of Ten-Thousand Strokes is a legendary axe forged approximately seven hundred years in the past by a grandmaster smith. With a history of continuous care and use throughout its existence, it serves as an excellent demonstration of the most modest magic: Habitus.
Mechanics & Inner Workings
Further inspection revealed the axe in question to be an ordinary axe, made at a standard forge. Voltammetry established the tool as 712 years old, and historical records show it was made as a gift for the Azmar family by a grandmaster smith. Attempts to explain the axe through conventional means failed, and it was sent to the magical institutes for study.The axe is made of completely mundane materials. The head is double-bitted, and made of work-hardened bronze. The handle of the axe is made up of the lightweight Kava Wood, and surprisingly has not rotted away with seven centuries of use. The main driver of its action is invisible: it is the intent itself, which has accumulated with such use. The intent has flowed into the axe, and by now, it is honed in on its purpose of chopping wood.
The process of manufacturing the axe was well-recorded. The axe was made through conventional, alpha bronze forging techniques. The bronze was cast, and then hammered into its desired shape. A handle was added of kava wood. Next, the longest, seven-hundred and twelve year part of the process was done. The first bearer of the axe is said to have chopped down just forty-five shoots of kava with the axe: one for each year of her existence. However, her descendants used the axe in a more utilitarian manner, chopping tens of thousands of trees down: however many they could get in their quota. By the time it passed to its last true wielder, the axe would have gone through well over ten thousand strokes: perhaps closer to one million strokes. The exact number is lost to history. After Sara Azmar-Laning's lease of the axe to science, the Azmar-Laning family ceremonially chops down and splits one kava shoot every year.
What, have you the patience to craft a tool like the Axe of Ten-Thousand Strokes?The Axe of Ten-Thousand Strokes has become a profound cultural icon of the Pestrib, who place great value on patient tenacity. The axe, under study, was made just like any other axe; yet it is stronger and sharper than any steel axe of this day. Many use it, as well as the kava plant, as parables on how a grown halora should behave.
- Item type
- Related Technologies
- Related ethnicities
- Owning Organization
- Baiqiang Union
- Unique tool
- 2.5 kg
- Base Price
- Not on market
- Raw materials & Components
- One-meter kava wood rod (standardized)
- Ten kilograms of chalcocite ore (used to make copper)
- Two kilograms of tin additive (used to turn copper into bronze)
- 712 years of continuous use
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