Things Fall Apart
The Heartwood Spear
“It is clear now that sorcerer-kings can be overthrown, but any attempt to do so must be accompanied by great luck, a willingness to sacrifice one’s life to end a tyrant’s reign, and the right tools and talent to overcome the mighty defiling magic and the power of the Way that keep a tyrant on the throne.Few people other than the Heroes of Tyr can grasp how much more was involved in Kalak’s death than springing a surprise attack upon him. The gladiator Tala wielded a powerful primal artifact known as the Heartwood Spear, and a wound from this spear is what made the sorcerer-king vulnerable to further attack.
The Heartwood Spear was given to the heroes of Tyr by the halflings of the Forest Ridge, beyond the Ringing Mountains. The weapon channels the primal forces of the world; in many ways, it is the physical manifestation of Athas’s remaining will to fight against defiling magic."