This dark, glittering steel alloy holds an attraction to souls recently released from their bodies. Obviously, this has application for melee weapons. If a thinaun melee weapon is touching a creature when it dies, that creature’s soul is sucked into the weapon rather than passing on to its final reward. The soul remains in the thinaun weapon until the weapon is destroyed or another creature dies while touching the thinaun weapon (the new soul displaces the old one).
Raise dead, resurrection, and similar spells won’t bring back a creature whose soul is trapped by a thinaun weapon unless the caster has the weapon in his possession. Because the soul is nearby, fewer material components are required for such spells: Reincarnation, raise dead, resurrection, and true resurrection require half as much of the relevant material component (unguents or diamonds) to cast if the soul is within a thinaun weapon.
A thinaun weapon captures a soul from anyone killed while touching the weapon. This means that if the thinaun weapon’s wielder dies, her weapon captures her soul. Only melee weapons made primarily of metal can be crafted as thinaun weapons.

Type of Thinaun Item Item Cost Modifier
Light weapon +10,000 gp
One-handed weapon, or one head of a double weapon +15,000 gp
Two-handed weapon, or both heads of a double weapon +20,000 gp

Eberron Adaptation

This is an extremely rare metal in Eberron, mined from the depths of the Mines in The Mournland. It's more commonly known as KeeperSteel in assassin's circles.

Source: Complete Warrior

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