A dwarf wizard who succumbed to dark magic cursed by Vecna, a powerful lich, whilst seeking eternal life. Vecna’s curse changed Strifeminer into a ‘Nothic’ and he existed in a cavern below Tresendar Manor in Phandalin. He sought magical items in the hope that it would aid him return to his former self. He owned two such swords, Talon and Bowerleigh, both swords belonging to Sir Aldith Tresendar.
Sir Aldith died fighting off the orcs that attacked through the hidden caverns below his manor. Talon was lost here until the nothic found it. Bowerleigh was acquired when the nothic confronted The Harlequins and it accepted the sword as part payment for safe passage through its caverns.