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The presentation of a hopeknife as a child enters adulthood is an important life event for the citizens of Trunau.12

History and Use

Children of Trunau are presented with a hopeknife on their twelfth birthday and shown precisely which arteries to cut to kill themselves should they or their families be taken alive by the orc hordes.1 They are taught that a swift death is better than being eaten alive, tortured, or being forced into slavery by the orcs.23 The hopeknife is associated with the Standing Vow made by all Trunauans to defend the town even to the point of sacrificing one's own life.2


A hopeknife is a small, sheathed dagger, often of masterwork quality, usually secreted away under clothes and attached to a chain.2


  1. 1.0 1.1 James L. Sutter. (2008). The Hold of Belkzen. Skeletons of Scarwall, p. 63. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-099-5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Alexander Augunas et al. (2015). Giant Hunter's Handbook, p. 31. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-705-5
  3. James Sutter. (Feb 20, 2013). What Is a Hopeknife, Paizo Message Boards.