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The village lay in a wooded dell on the North Road. It served as a stopover for travelers, and was notable for its high-quality inn, the Inn of the Nine Swords, which stood on the western side of the road. Around 1370 DR, it was owned by the three Mellicot sisters: Melicent, Meliors, and Melusine.
Behind the inn lay Swords Pool itself, a deep and dark body of water. The Mellicots stocked the pool with trout and a type of fish they called "manyfins". They discouraged fishing, but some people did it anyway on dark nights.
The pool was the source of a local treasure tale that gave it, the village, and the inn their names. In the early history of the Vast, when the Nine Swords Company disbanded, the famous sage, wizard, and swordsage Thallastam of Procampur concealed his companions' nine swords in the pool using a spell he'd cast, to protect and preserve them.