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The sword of the Dales was a "+3 magical longsword" with several abilities, and others that had not been discovered. The blade was crafted from polished steel, with a hilt of gold and precious stones. The entire weapon radiated pale blue light.[1]

PowersEdit

The sword granted the wielder to breathe underwater once per day, per the spell water breathing, and possessed a command word. When the word merrydale was uttered, it would unlock any chains or manacles within 30 feet.[1]

It was believed the sword possessed additional abilities, but even after identification, these had not been fully discovered.[1]

HistoryEdit

The sword was created by the weaponsmithing wizard Shraevyn, in 996 DR,[2] and interred it within his his tomb for a couple centuries.[3]

Sometime around 1369 DR the sword was briefly recovered by Randal Morn on an expedition that he and his Freedom Riders took into the tomb of Shraevyn.[3] After Randal was abducted, and his men were killed and turned into undead,[4] the sword was used as bait in the tomb to draw adventurers into the the machinations of Gothyl. This former wizard became an arch-shadow in her pursuit of lichdom and her essence was linked to the sword some time before it was discovered by the Dalesman.[1]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jim Butler (June 1995). The Sword of the Dales. (TSR, Inc.), p. 25. ISBN 0-7869-0126-8.
  2. Thomas M. Costa, Eric L. Boyd (August 2006). Realms Bestiary, Volume 2 (PDF). Retrieved on 2008-06-20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jim Butler (June 1995). The Sword of the Dales. (TSR, Inc.), p. 2. ISBN 0-7869-0126-8.
  4. Jim Butler (June 1995). The Sword of the Dales. (TSR, Inc.), p. 24. ISBN 0-7869-0126-8.