The Answerer is an enchanted long sword +4. It inflicts 1d8 +4 points of damage and gives the wielder a bonus of -4 to THAC0. It has a speed factor of 9, which makes it the slowest long sword and the slowest weapon with +4 enchantments. This is more than compensated by the ability of the sword to lower magical resistance by 15% and gives an AC penalty of +2 upon every strike. This could be quite useful against some tougher foes and bosses, as long as they are not immune to +4 weapons. It weighs 2 lbs.
The last swing of a battle is more important than the first. Such is the philosophy embodied in this powerful weapon. Although the strange design of The Answerer makes it difficult to take the initiative in combat, with each hit it makes an opponent more vulnerable to subsequent attacks.