This is a native aluminum earring. All craftsmanship is of the highest quality. It is studded with bismuth bronze and decorated with water buffalo leather. This object is adorned with hanging rings of red zircon and dragon bone and menaces with spikes of red zircon, cow leather and clear glass. On the item is an image of two trillion cut gems in native aluminum.
Adek Arek "The Sides of Church" : native aluminium earring : 177 600 ; on display, dining room
This legendary artifact description is generated from a game1 and the construction menaces with spikes of is typical for this sort of artifact decoration description. A menacing spike also refers to something functionally different altogether and is used in the game as a trap component. Here the earring menaces with (this object is adorned... and menaces...).
The construction is not necessarily casual. The verb to menace is said to be a bit formal, and often used with be; menacing as an adjective is quite common (Merriam Learners). From the NED, the intransitive form is simply to utter menaces/be threatening. But we're talking jewelry here. There is also a transitive construction to hold out as a punishment, penalty, or danger ; to threaten to inflict. (3b trans. with inf. or object clause, i.e. Quarles Jonah C 1 b Great Ashur minaces with whip in hand, To entertaine thee (welcome) to his land.). This feels slightly different (to me) as in less like "is making threats/is dangerous" and more like "reaches outward" figuratively in some way...
- Can "with spikes of red zircon, cow leather and clear glass" be some object clause or is this use of the verb to menace just an extension of meaning from the intransitive construction i.e. is that really a threatening/menacing earring? If not, what else?
- Can to menace with sth. usually denote reaching outward; does the construction yield a meaning similar to the spikes "highlight" this object, or protrude?
1Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress. The object properties reflect game events and are consistent with my material experience of the game world and crafting orders. As in I mined such rocks, used a glass furnace, smelted metal, cut gems, had cattle, killed megabeasts and most likely some water buffalo in the fortress surroundings etc.