I recall a D&D 3.5e (or maybe 3e) book in which a fighter (probably Tordek the dwarf) talks in-character about "a +3 weapon," most likely a sword or an axe. This would have been in one of those color quotes they like to put at the beginning of a chapter.

(Knowing where this is from would help me refine this answer.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ As someone who considers myself a reasonably well-informed close voter, how is this too broad? Is there a whole bunch of books where fighters talk in character about +3 weapons? \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Jun 18 '15 at 22:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Miniman There is almost no detail: we don’t have the actual statement, we don’t even know what edition it might have been in, and it’s almost a miracle that burlap happened to know it. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jun 19 '15 at 2:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ I know it's not the best answer, and I wouldn't have asked it if someone didn't sugges me to, and I'm sorry for the wild goose chase but hey, this is not what too broad is for. It's probably just a question to be left unvoted. \$\endgroup\$ – Zachiel Jun 19 '15 at 17:53

Magic Item Compendium, p. 5:

"My armor? +3 adamantine light fortification full plate. I wouldn't leave home without it."


Quite specific. Neither an axe nor a sword though.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Of course, that's why all this looking for weapons didn't bear (or beard, since we're talking about dwarves) any result. \$\endgroup\$ – Zachiel Jun 19 '15 at 17:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was actually interested in the "original" question too, I couldn't remember the quote, just checked the usual suspects with chapters on items/magic items (PHB, PHB2, DMG, Complete Warrior and finally MIC). "+3" or "light fortification" is already a simplification over "enchanted to provide +3 enhancement bonus" or "strong abjuration providing 25% chance for normal damage in case of sneak attach or critical hit". \$\endgroup\$ – burlap Jun 19 '15 at 19:03

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