Made for a Abyssal Half-caste long ago. just now got the urge to do it.. Quality is kinda.. eh, but this was a HARD one to do..
Its a Lignum Vitae Staff with a brass head to help give some extra oomph when in need of defense.. Until you hit the switch popping out the Soul steel spear head, and the strange metal bands uncurl into razor sharp hooks, also made of soul steel.
The Wood is also harvested from a Lignum Vitae tree found in shadowlands as close to the Western pole as possible. Its the hardest wood out there, and being so close to the Elemental Pole of wood only strengthened it. But the Essence of the shadowlands had a strange effect on it, rather then growing weak and frail, it Petrified into a hard dead material. So what was once the Wood of Life (Lignum Vitae) is now The Wood of Death (Now Lignum Mortalitas), a fine perversion for a deathknight.
The story behind it was It was crafted by the characters parent as a gift, rather minimalistic considering, but still effective none the less. It was one of the few things he managed to get before he was thrown out of his parents home. Their Deathlord found out about him and wanted to "examine" him in great detail. Rather then see their child tortured horribly then killed they chased him off claiming he rebelled and escaped. After that their fate was unknown.
He made his living as a wandering exorcist, warding, banishing, or flat out destroying Hungry ghosts and other restless spirits that refused to leave the living alone.. Unless they had a good reason. Or could pay him more. Occasionally the uppity Minor god, elemental, fair Folk, or so forth..
Interisting little habit he had was drinking the fermented and distilled essence of Wormwood.. Believed it help cleanse and purify the body to help protect against possession. And in a pinch it could get you nice and sauced. As long as you could handle the taste..