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Burden is a great sword in The Forgotten Sanctum.


Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.

None know whether Vilo Primavidòrio named this sword for the weight of its improbable lead blade or the homesickness of the man who crafted it.

The premier bladesmith of Pincenze, a city in the former Grand Vailian duchy of Irruchetta, Vilo was fêted for the quality of his blades by Pincenze's nobility, and they showered him with coin to create ever more delicate, elaborately styled blades from Grand Vailia's very finest steel.

His work caught the eye of Pietro Balchessa, the estranged brother of Contessa Lina Balchessa and Pincenze's ruler. The Contessa and Pietro were fiercely competitive, and they quarreled over everything - money, renown, lovers. Vilo accepted Peitro's advances and denied the Contessa's, and in a fit of jealous embarrassment, the Contessa had him banished from the city.

Vilo wandered from nation to nation, but never found a home that bestirred his muse as Pincenze had. He settled at last in the Deadfire Archipelago and set to crafting Burden, his final work. He never revealed the method by which he trained a lead blade to keep its edge, and he died that same year of a fever in his blood, so he never will.


  • Restricted Section: Found inside a chest on a shelf in the northernmost corner of Notnok's Lair..
  • Notnok's Lair can be entered via the Burrowed Hole where you enter the Restricted Section from the southwestern room in the Quarantined Section.


Denial / Guilt are mutually exclusive.
Mod Effect Cost Ingredients Mod removed
Denial Upgrades Grieving, applying a -5% Hostile Effect duration in addition Copper pands (cp)6,000 2 2 4 Grieving
Guilt Upgrades Grieving, applying a +5% Beneficial Effect duration in addition Copper pands (cp)6,000 2 2 4 Grieving


  • Because of the existence of a sketch image for Burden, it's likely that it was originally indented to be a soulbound weapon.
  • The icons for Burden were present in the game files with the release of Beast of Winter, but the weapon wasn't actually in the game until The Forgotten Sanctum.