The Lance of Marduk
Lifecutter is the name given to the signature weapon of the (now deceased) god of death, Nerull. The scythe consists of a smooth ebony wood staff that projects a blade of blood-red energy. When taking human form on Midgard, Nerull often dissipated Lifecutter’s blade such that it appeared to be a simple ebony walking staff. Lifecutter severs the connection between the souls and bodies of its victims, and Nerull used the weapon to claim the souls of mortals and immortals alike.
Lifecutter disappeared upon Nerull’s death, and was thought to be destroyed. Some centuries later, a wizard named Tephra offered the weapon to Orcus in exchange for helping her make contact with the abberant Allabar. Tephra used the scythe as a focus to open a portal to the Far Realms of Xoriat, and it is believed that Lifecutter was pulled into the gateway with her. While this has never been proven, there have been no confirmed reports of the weapon since then, and neither Orcus nor the Raven Queen is known to have possession of it.
During the events of Tarnished Silver, the group discovered that Lifecutter was not dragged into Xoriat with Tephra, and remained where the portal was opened: an ancient temple to Nerull beneath the city of Cadrin. A deva named Nevah, who was once a companion of Tephra’s and had guarded the scythe and the rift to the far realms since Tephra went insane, gave the dread weapon to the Lance in hopes that they could find a way to protect it or destroy it. Nevah herself dedicated her efforts from that point on to protecting the unstable rift between Midgard and the Far Realms, a much more difficult task since the temple was discovered.