So I did the undead event with my shaman Jaren.
Did the turn in, killed all the various undead. Look around and there was no Spirit of Jirryik to hand over a Ornate Athame to me.
I petitioned and hung out for a couple of hours, but I guess I did this at the slow time of the day...
Well, it is a bard weapon with an instrument related mod on it. It doesn't seem hugely out of character for the thing to put up a song buff on a person, in comparison to a HOT or some random buff of a random weapon.
Not that I ever see it happening.
Bard shields are virtually nonexistant between our noobie days pre-dual wield...until the lower thaz shield.
I can't imagine bards having access to a shield with +atk is going to unbalance the class.