G109: Carousing and Intersession

The Trianoman Report on the 'Lightblades'

Camellia sends Richard a report compiled from the acolyte's research. She notes that other information may be available elsewhere in Glantri, such as at the Great School of Magic or the Gantelet archive.

The first reference to the Lightblades appears in the Dawn War, when the forces of Law overthrew Chaos's grip upon the world. In The History of the Dawn, Collinadius writes, "The Lords of Light forged four blades with which to carve madness and disorder from the clean bones of the earth. Blessed Theia placed these in her champions' hands so that they might perform the Great Work of the Dawn."

Translated into modern tongues, the names of the weapons are Darkbane, Demonbane, Dragonbane and Magebane. Each sword is proof against that for which it is named. All four blades glow brightly, especially when they are first pulled from the scabbard. This light apparently harms creatures of Chaos. As Collinadius writes, "When the Lightblades were drawn, it was as though four suns had risen upon the field, and the night blazed brighter than brightest day. The front rank of the foe withered and died in the light. But the rest came on."

Poplard's Thyatian Chronicle states that three 'Swords of the Dawn' were gathered at the Theian cathedral in Thyatis after the Dawn War. The fourth, Demonbane — said to be the greatest of the four — had been lost during the war, as corroborated by several sources, including the once-popular Chanson d'Alaric.

Darkbane was brought to Glantri by the priestesses of Trianoma several centuries ago, during the civil wars that tore the old Thyatian Empire apart. The 'Dawnblade' or 'Dayblade' stored in the Theian cathedral in Thyatis, which is used in the coronation ceremonies of the Thyatian imperial line, is almost certainly another Lightblade. The Temple's libraries do not clearly indicate the location of the fourth Lightblade; there are references to various holy blades, angelic blades and 'Sun Swords' which may or may not refer to Dragonbane or Magebane.

All references to the Lightblades indicate that they are meant for champions of Law. In her Lives of the Latter Emperors, Fiastra claims that the turning point in the old Thyatian Empire's fortunes came when the Emperor Floris "proved unable to take up the Holy Blade." None of the Temple's records involving the Lightblades speak of a test or trial, however, nor of any requirement to slay a companion.

Richard Loubeau

Richard pens several letters:

To the Hexarch of Gantelet

Hexarch,

I write from the Temple of Trianoma in Glantri, where my comrades and I are investigating the Swords of the Dawn, in particular, the fabled Darkbane. Our researches into the blade have unearthed a rumor of a perplexing ritual of claimancy involving the claimant slaying a comrade. It is a curious suggestion, and one that the acolytes her have been unable to corroborate. Has the Hexarchy ever encountered such trials in their pursuit of the sixth arm's Justice? My comrade Percival, a Hexalyte, has unfortunately departed the struggle too soon; still, he made no mention of such tests.
We know that the blade was given safe harbor in Glantri by the Matriarch Alaundra; we seek to divine the nature of a quest the Thrice-Blessed One and She of Many Names appear to have laid before us.
May you walk the third path in six-fold justice,
Richard Loubeau

To the Dean of Campus Works on Wizard's Hill

Mssr. Fram,
Thank you again for the provision of a pass to the library; it was most helpful in my investigations into the Stygian incident. I hope it is not too inconvenient, but I must prevail again upon your kindness for some time in the stacks. I will not intrude on the most trafficked carrels; I need only some space in the History of Spontaneous Metacorporal Arcana, which I believe the minotaur has begun labeling 'Divinity.' I'll drop by Tuesday next to make arrangements, and donate a trifle to the Former Students Fund for the Restoration of Compromised Texts.
Regards,
Richard Loubeau
ps: If you have time for an apertif in the afternoon, I'll drop by Tresimon's to see if he's brewed any more f that wormwood concoction- it'll take the edge of the annual budgeting process.

To Gaumont Ox-Eye (written on a bark scroll)

Lord Gaumont,
I write to apologize for the haste with which we had to depart the comforts of your estate. Your staff were exceedingly kind; my Halfling companion insists that he's had no finer pie in the Principalities, which must infuriate Rathwood to no end.
I wonder if I might begin a conversation I had hope to have with you about certain Gardens in the mountainous South. Are you acquainted with the tales of the Countess of Nefaronde? I understand that, among other things, she had considerable skill in topiary. One wonders what the plants of her garden may be capable of, and the Ox-Eye is well known to be the foremost gardener of Glantri.
Until we meet again,
Richard Loubeau

Richard also visits Peugeot, and asks him to discreetly inquire as to the market for an unexpurgated copy of Incunabulm Artificia.

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