Waterdeep has instituted a massive program aimed at reducing the amount of dangerous magical weapons in the city. Recent incidents where incredibly powerful swords, bow, and staves caused uncontrolled destruction and death have caused the Lords of Waterdeep to institute a “buyback” of powerful armaments at local City Watch outposts in return for shopping credit in the city.
A bald masked lord seems to be leading the efforts, issuing magically enhanced, animated notices in population centers advertising the buyback program called the Waterdeep Odious Trinkets Collection.
This program allows old, broken, unwanted, and sometimes illegal magical items to be collected and safely stored or broken down before they can cause harm to the community through misuse and malfunction. It’s highly suspected that the recent annexation of Mulmaster and the destruction of large parts of the city through magic items has also played a large part in the creation of this program.
Kravitz, a local City Watch captain, was contacted for interview where we met with him at an active collection station. Individuals were lined up into the street carrying a large variety of magic items. Some sparkled with obvious magical energy, although many looked as mundane as the next sword or bow you would find in a shop.
When I met the captain, he was looking over several golden sword hilts on the table that a slender human man was turning in, claiming that they were his “two sun swords” that he no longer wanted. The captain seemed unconvinced until the owner activated them, sprouting brilliant blades of light from their hilts and neatly slicing the tip off of the quill held by the quartermaster who was seated at the table. This seemed to satisfy the City Watch of the items authenticity.
After crediting the man and disposing of the two hilts in a collection barrel in back (seemingly containing a growing pile of these bladeless swords), the captain took time away from inspecting weapons to give us a few statements.
“It’s the damnedest thing,” he said to me, looking a bit aside himself, “when we started this collection program, we thought we’d get the odd family heirloom, maybe a few damaged swords from adventurers … but not this. We’ve received at least 12 sun swords, 15 shield guardians, 6 identical intelligent swords all claiming to be called ”Hazirawn”, and there’s more ridiculousness coming in by the hour. This outpost is going to be full of all sorts of magical items before the day is over.”
Although I was unable to visit a more heavily guarded section, I did note the presence of several other items of note in our interview area that had been collected: a large pile of brilliant gems with magical energy swirling inside, several brightly illustrated card decks marked “DO NOT TOUCH”, and a suspicious looking pike with a red butt in a secure glass case.
In addition to the voluntary collection, Kravitz said City Watch guards in different precincts are currently involved in going door-to-door to recover illegal magic items. These currently include any weapons known to be associated with elemental cults such as the groups that devastated Mulmaster, and any creations by known evil spellcasters.
The captain declined to report on individuals in the task force and the total amount of illegal items seized so far, only to say that the special force tasked with confiscating these weapons was doing an “… excellent job. We’re getting many of these evil weapons off of the streets.”
If you are visiting or a resident of Waterdeep and you would like to receive market credit for turning in a dangerous item, please find the nearest City Watch output. The officer on duty will conduct a check to see if the item is stolen or has been used in a crime, then present the city’s offer if it is on the approved list of items.
A private Waterdeep company destroys the weapons deemed necessary for destruction, the captain said. He would not state which one due to security concerns.