As a newly-converted bastard sword user, I was really excited when i found out that the new raid had not one, but TWO relic named bastard swords.
In theory, Celestia could be awesome. If you're a rogue, you can use it as a short sword. If you're a melee arty like me, you can wield it like a bastard sword and do respectable melee damage. Thus, it would be probably the most versatile weapon in ddo history. In practice though, the mechanics are actually pretty awkward and make it difficult to use. In fact, they seem to go against what would make sense.
In the description on the weapon it says "This magnificent bastard sword appears to somehow have been made from a ray of solidified light. It is nearly weightless, and despite its size, is able to be wielded effectively by anyone who is proficient in the use of short swords."
Note that is says the sword is a bastard sword which is able to be wielded as a short sword, not the other way around.
While it's true that the sword itself can be wielded as a short sword, all of the mechanics such as improved critical feats act as if the sword was actually a short sword in practice. This is important because short swords are piercing, bastard sword are slashing. Basically, while the sword can be wielded as a bastard sword, it's much less effective as one since its applicable modifiers need to be piercing. Therefore, bastard sword users who'd like to use Celestia are going to have 50% less critical threat than they would with any other bastard sword.
So here's a few ideas that I've been tossing around:
A) Turn Celestia into a longsword. Since longswords use slashing modifiers it would work perfectly with Celestia's alternate usage as a bastard sword. Plus, I'm assuming that most builds that have short sword usage that would actually want to use Celestia would also have martial weapon usage (like fighters or rangers) and wouldn't have it restricted to bastard sword usage only.
EDIT: due to popular opinion, option A is no longer an option. Shorties need some love too.
However, I'd also like to hear some feedback here. Does anyone out there actually use a pure shortsword build who would be hugely nerfed by this change? If so, there's also an alternative option that might work but it's much more technically difficult.
B) Allow users of Celestia to benefit from piercing weapon bonuses pr slashing bonuses. I'm not exactly sure how this would work, but looking at weapons that can alternate between charisma, dex, or strength as their attack or damage modifier I'm assuming Turbine has the tech that could do this. The only problem is that all these Celestias are already out there in the world, and they're all short swords. Would Turbine be able to retroactively change it on all characters into a long sword? Would they be able to give players the option to exchange it somewhere ingame if not?
To conclude, I know there probably aren't a whole lot of bastard sword users out there and it's not a gamebreaking issue, but as a bastard sword user, this change would bring a lot more variety to a build that really doesn't have too many stellar options out there right now.
PLEASE support the bastard-lovers of Stormreach!