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The Lost Sword of Counsel
GWENISH CHURCH HISTORY records that in 54 AGE the kingdom's first Chosen, Veritia I, consecrated a finely crafterd longsword as a gift to Gwenil's famously devout king, Rowan I.
GWENISH CHURCH HISTORY
records that in 54 AGE the kingdom's first Chosen, Veritia I, consecrated a finely crafterd
longsword as a gift to Gwenil's famously devout king, Rowan I. It was called
the Sword of Counsel, in recognition of King Rowan's establishment of the
Aunuvian Council, the thirteen bishoprics, and other central institutions
of the Church of Aunu. The sword's qualities
are said to have included the power to counsel (advise) its weilder: it
grew suddenly cold when danger was near, pointed the way to safety, and
communicated in other non-verbal ways.
The sword remained in the Royal Family's possession for exactly 200 years.
Then, in 254 AGE, King Cyril II lost the sword while
bravely struggling to save Agathian townspeople trapped in the floodwaters
of the River Fyff (see History: Cyril II).
Tidewaters pulled the sword from the king's belt. Confronted with the choice
of retrieving it or saving his drowning subjects, Cyril let the sword go.
Rumours circulating in Agata's black market
have it that Trade Lands fisherman found the sword in their fishing nets
a few weeks ago. They were fishing--contrary to Gwenish law--in the waters
off Cranoc Cliffs (just east of Cranoc). Not long after discovering the
sword, they lost it again when their ship was attacked by a huge whale.
The Trade Landers believe the whale swallowed the sword, and they are now
scouring Gwenil's southern coast hunting him.
If the Trade Landers retrieve the sword, it will pass into Terrathetian
hands and may be lost to Gwenil forever. The aim of this adventure is to
recover the Sword of Counsel before the Trade Landers do, and return it
to the king--for a handsome reward, of course!
The Sword of Counsel is a superbly-crafted longsword with the following
Weapon Characteristics: +4 Strike Modifier / +2 Parry Modifier / +2 Disarm
Modifier / 0 Timing Modifier / -1 WIP / 0 Armour Penalty. It is also said
to possess the power of counsel, as described above. It is unclear whether
the sword will counsel any weilder, or only a restricted class of weilders
(such as, 'Kings of Gwenil' or 'Faithful Gwens').