The following sentence is from a description of an ability in the video game, Pillars of Eternity 2. It is the first clause that concerns me here:

Der Barbar schleudert eine große mit Wut erfüllte Waffe auf das Ziel, die beim Auftreffen in einem Feuerball explodiert.

My question is: shouldn't erfüllte be erfüllten in this case due to the dative preposition mit? Does the fact that Waffe being the direct object of schleudert nullify the dative case that normally follows mit?

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The dative caused by mit is on "Wut", not on "Waffe".

And because both "große" and "erfüllte" belong to "Waffe", which is accusative, they need to be accusative as well.

Whether it's good style to write about "filling a weapon with rage", is disputable, however.

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    +1, this is a question of scope. The word "erfüllte" is not within the prepositional phrase, therefore the word "mit" is irrelevant. Oct 24, 2018 at 6:26
  • I guess mit Wut is a prepositional phrase that works here as an adverb modifying the verb schleudert. Is it a common style to insert such a prepositional phrase which doesn't modify the noun Waffe between the two subsequent adjectives große, erfüllte? Does that give mit Wut a special emphasis due to its unusual position?
    – Abdullah
    Oct 24, 2018 at 7:09
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    The sentence is bad style. A "weapon filled with rage" appears weird because people are in rage, not weapons (at least in German, maybe it's acceptable in English, although I doubt it). Grammar-wise the sentence is correct, but its weirdness makes it harder to read and understand, which impedes the grammatical analysis.
    – RHa
    Oct 24, 2018 at 8:00
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    @RHa Good observation! With proper content, the sentence gets indeed clearer: Der Konditor schleudert eine große, mit Schokocreme gefüllte Waffel auf das Brautpaar, die beim Auftreffen in einem Fett- und Sahneregen zerstiebt. Oct 24, 2018 at 8:13
  • It is indeed quite strange, but I think there is magic in that game, so who knows.
    – Carsten S
    Oct 24, 2018 at 8:19

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