Artificer Blade

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Jacob Wendel

This sword was brought to the Valantian empire by Alarin the mad upon his return from the east twenty years ago. In an attempt to strengthen the Valantian claims of supremacy it was shown to the public to demonstrate that not even the wealth of the east was beyond the reach of the glorious empire. The fact that Alarin had gone completely mad during his travels, and wasn't even a Valantian citizen, was conveniently not mentioned. However, the blade soon proved to be a problem, simply because it was so much better than anything the Valantians had ever managed to make, making people question if Valantian workmanship really was all that superior. The best smiths and artificers in the empire were assigned to study it, and after they failed to figure out how it was forged, every other weaponsmith, blacksmith, magician, and shoemaker was invited to try to duplicate it. None could. After several failed attempts to destroy it, melt it, damage it, break it, or even chip the edge just a little bit, it has been moved to the castle vaults. Here it rests, closely guarded, while the ruling class desperately hope that everyone will forget it ever existed.Yes, I have to overdo descriptions. Since I got so many comments on my other Sei Dorin swords (and ended up on a sword tour!) I figured I'd draw a 'sequel'. This is that sequel.7B-2H pencils, jan '05

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