Artist: Brendan Olszowy

Email: brendan@fableblades.com

Benger, Western Australia 6223

Mobile (Australia): 0411 470 663

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In her fifteenth year, Kidreyli received her sword in the ritual known as Deflawny.  Standing by her side under the shade of a great oak was her best friend, Nidreyka, and before her stood her mother, holding the sword out flat before her, flanked by her mother’s mate, Suliya.  Kidreyli gently touched her right wrist to the point of the blade, just enough to allow a small seepage of her blood.  She placed five drops equidistant along the blade, from the guard to the point.  With her finger, she connected the drops of blood, forming a red line down the center of the blade while she recited the words, “The first blood you take belongs to my heart, and it is my heart to which you are now eternally bound”

....Story in full below...

Specification:

Sword:
Weight: 1460g (3lb 3oz)
Length Overall: 108cm (42.5”)
Blade Length: 86cm (34”)
Grip Length: 14cm (5.5”)
Point of Balance: ~95mm (3.8”)
Centre Of Percussion: ~59cm (23”)
Hilt Node of Percussion: ~4.5cm (1.8”) behind guard
Blade Width: 31mm at waist> 56mm at flare to 42mm at edge
Materials:
Blade: 9260 Spring Steel, Oil quenched then tempered twice to hardness ~50Rc
Grip: Birch Core, Leather Wrap, Stainless wire
Fore Guard: Mild Steel heat coloured
Aft Guard: 316 stainless steel, hammered texture
Pommel: Brass

Dagger:
Weight: 495g (1lb 1oz)
Length Overall: 57.5cm (22.6”)
Blade Length: 37cm (14.6”)
Grip Length: 10cm (4”)
Point of Balance: 2cm (0.8”)
Blade Width: 26mm at waist> 42mm at flare to 27mm at edge
Materials:
Blade: 9260 Spring Steel, Oil quenched then tempered twice to hardness ~50Rc
Grip: Birch Core, Leather Wrap, Stainless wire
Fore Guard: Mild Steel heat coloured
Aft Guard: Brass with Moonstone Cabochons

As is the tradition in the land of the Valtyr, the birth mother of a warrior who has come of age seeks out an artist to create for her daughter a sword that will protect and defend her from those who would seek to do harm, be her guide in administering justice, and act as servant to her in the protection of others.
But such artists are few, as the talent to create life from stone is rare.  And true swords are alive, as they are forged from the bones of the earth by the spirit of the smith, a magical master of the elemental forces of creation. 
Talenyan, mother of Kidreyli, searched long for a great forge from which her daughter’s sword could be had, and such a forge she had found in a land far to the south.  From this place a blade was born, strong as any ever known, engraved with the three crossed arrows which signify that its master is recognized as a warrior by her people.  Its pommel reflected the images of the golden Moon of Tria and the silver Moon of Talera, majestic orbs that feature prominently in the sky.  The tiny Moon of Chalal, that scoots across the sky so quickly, is represented by a crescent engraved on the blade.  The engravings on the pommel called forth for strength, wisdom and protection to surround she who carried it.
In her fifteenth year, Kidreyli received her sword in the ritual known as Deflawny.  Standing by her side under the shade of a great oak was her best friend, Nidreyka, and before her stood her mother, holding the sword out flat before her, flanked by her mother’s mate, Suliya.  Kidreyli gently touched her right wrist to the point of the blade, just enough to allow a small seepage of her blood.  She placed five drops equidistant along the blade, from the guard to the point.  With her finger, she connected the drops of blood, forming a red line down the center of the blade while she recited the words, “The first blood you take belongs to my heart, and it is my heart to which you are now eternally bound.”
Her mother turned the sword and held the hilt toward her.  Kidreyli took hold of the grip, and the magics brought forth by her words and actions sealed the spell for all time.

“Kidreyli’s Sword”, Copyright © 2011 Aderyn Lonigan, is a short story derived from “The Sorcerers of Jhanvia”, Copyright ©2009 and 2011. Aderyn Lonigan.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

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