Rael - The Heroes of Rin

Ven Daer

The Gnomish Shortsword of Peace

Arondil had simply asked about Tenser’s emotion gems. And although they make up only three of the twenty-seven magical gems that adorn either the blade, hilt, or scabbard of the Gnomish weapon, the question precipitated a long explanation of the history of each gem; including the historical context of the wizard who fashioned them, and the society in which they lived. VenDaer takes great pride in the profound lineage of his myriad of gems.

The narratives were actually deeply entertaining in the first hours. VenDaer, able to perfectly mimic any voice he has ever heard, relates his histories in the first person perspective. Eventually, you convinced him to be quiet and let the casters rest. He agreed too easily with a cryptic “that won’t be a problem at all” to the request and serenaded a soft little lullaby until they fell asleep.

Then VenDaer could continue. He regaled their dreams with a riveting account of the dwarven civil war. It seemed when he said that he could not be silenced he meant much more than one would initially assume. His voice, any voice he wanted, not only could penetrate great distances, but bridge the barrier of sleep. The dwarven civil war, according to Vendaer, was resolved by their cousins the Gnomes who were able to re-unite them through love and humour.

Holding the scabbard, one of will could compel him to do three things — return to his scabbard, remain quiet, and attack. The third is the most difficult and against his nature. It is quite clear that the motivations of the sword revolve around peaceful negotiation.

It became increasingly and maddeningly clear that the sword was a problem. It’s powers seemed complicated and obscure — almost impossible to discern boast from fact. Activating powers was also maddeningly obscure, with some abilities be conferred by grasping the hilt; others by grasping the scabbard; yet others only available when the sword was “negotiating.” It would be fine to let the sword to it’s druthers, but all of its effective combat abilities must be compelled, at the right time, with the right phrases, in the right way.

Pantheris had mistakenly called the ability “dancing” and was educated about the difference with great humour. He also learned that Vendaer was adept at projecting images and illusions with great verisimilitude. In this case puppets. Vendaer was not suited to any one class: wizards could use it to broadcast their voice through any silence, rogues could use it to help them pick locks and find traps, bards could use it to broadcast song and relate history, barbarians could use it to augment their emotions and sustain their rage. Vendaer, though, is a pacifist and actively resists any use that causes harm to others.

In his head, in the fashion of Vendaer, Bleys had formulated an idea and named his idea. He was calling it “The New Journey” where he would take this sword back to the Gnomes wence it was forged.

Everyone knew three things about Vendaer. First, it was the funniest person they had ever met. Second, it was very powerful and had bits of some of the greatest wizards of all time. Lastly, it would get them killed if they didn’t get rid of it.

The wizards required an extra couple of hours sleep to make up for the disruptions in their dreams.
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arondil

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:24 pm Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster
arondil drifted off to sleep wondering how the gnome(who’s name he was just too tired to remember at the moment) was doing with the shop in that town close to the monastery which for some reason he could not recall having ever heard the name for wich was odd because he did banking there, had two houses there and the first branch of trading post there- the second was in the town with the big square pool through which maraklists and bleys’ broods of children would one day emerge..(shouldn’t they be keeping an eye on that?)

The swords wonderfull, but distracting, he thought……let’s sell it…..but not for money, all you can do with that is buy houses, and I’ve forgotten how many I’ve bought over the years
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:25 pm Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster
over breakfast the next day Arondil asked the group…..“how long do you think it”s been since the children were born? I’m not sure but I think it’s been at least 25 years…….maybe twice that. I eally cant say since we’ve been on ‘voltasia time’"

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