| An athame resembles a dagger, except that its design is strongly influenced by the magical and ritual aspects, rather than the martial aspects. As a result, the athame ceremonial dagger is not especially good as a weapon. It can be used as a magical rod, although this is not common, and it is almost always the 'weapon' of choice for ceremonies and rituals, as its ceremonial ability to gather and manipulate aura is almost without peer. That being said, in the simple, sturdy world of the martial, it's pretty mediocre. They can be made of many different materials, although many of the materials chosen (such as obsidian, bone, cemented ashes, etc) are pretty terrible from a pure 'winning a deadly fight' point of view. An athame is pretty laughable as 'serious weaponry' goes, but nevertheless, is surprisingly common everywhere that magic and ritual comes into play... which is honestly a lot of places. No great skill is required to use an athame, thankfully, but it is commonly used by those more magical in nature, and woe betide the warrior who discounts what an athame can do in the wrong hands. The athame belongs to the "Light Blades" weapon group, barely.