A whole new way of playing rock-paper-scissors...

A whole new way of playing rock-paper-scissors...

 In the land of Allumbreve, weapons wielded are as varied as the characters that wield them…

Wars have been fought throughout the three Ages of Allumbreve. Lets take a look at the weapons used in them.

Swords.

The staple weapon for all the Realms is the sword. Each realms has its own style of sword and uses unique combinations of materials and magic to forge them as you’ve discovered in Book I.

Types of swords.

The Fire Realm traditionally use longswords forged from steel reinforced with bronze that extends to form the pommel and cross guard. Bronze is a traditionally weaker material than steel, however bronze has the advantage of being more amenable to being forged with the fire of dragons - a process that strengthens the bronze such that it is far stronger than steel. The fire-forged portion of a sword infuses well into the length of the steel blade.

Stronger yet are the fire-bronze swords (usually referred to as ‘fire-swords’) used by the order of the Irucantî. Forged in the Romgnian Mountains, the fire-sword is the consummate Fire Realm sword! The entire sword is dragon fire forged bronze. These swords are slightly curved, broad at the middle and are most easily recognised by their intricate carvings that span the entire length of the blade. These swords fall under the category of Fire Realm swords because the dragons and the Irucantî originate from the Fire Realm and serve to protect the people of the Fire Realm. At the end of Gone Dragon - Book I, it is believed there is only one fire-sword left in existence. Do you know whose sword this was?

The Earth Realm longswords are only briefly touched on in Book I, so I will be equally brief in discussing them!  They are made of conventional Bronze and are a much heavier sword than those of the Fire Realm. It is their bulk that makes them formidable - together with enchantments working to keep them sharp and true…

The Ice Realm swords are fine and long. Their strength lies in the forging of diamond (yes; diamond!) with Icerealm-sourced steel only found north of the Ice Breach (check your map!) to form Fleu-steel under the skilful influence of Icerealmic enchantments. The completed Icerealmish longsword appears almost white to the naked eye and looks even more spectacular adorned with their beautifully forged pommel, cross guards and uniquely crafted leather grips that are usually made of white leather.

Book I does not mention the Air Realm sword, so I will wait until the release of Book II and amend this journal post at that point. This is no time for Book II spoilers!

Lucas and Magnus’s swords are unique. When Alavia’s people of the Ice Realm gifted her with enough fleu-steel to make a traditional Icerealmic long sword for Magnus, she decided instead to have Ganister (who is of the Fire Realm) forge two swords. The result was two shorter, leaner and slightly different swords. Magnus’s was made of pure Fleu-steel whilst Lucas’s was made in the tradition of a Fire Realm sword using fire-bronze for the pommel and cross guard that infused into the fleu-steel blade. As Sarah explains, “These swords tell of a brotherhood between you…” Magnus soon discovers the swords are indeed slightly different in nature to one another. Can you remember how?

Outside of the four Realms of Allumbreve, the notorious Black blades are forged by the Quag who reside in the southern, ancient city of Ba’rrat and use their own type of swords. I often describe these as ‘blades’ rather than swords. They are medium length, slim swords without cross guards, finished in a dull, black colour. The swords are made of conventionally forged steel that has been burnished in a unique way to achieve the dull blackness that also covers a Quag warrior’s steel armour. Each warrior carries two black blades sheathed at the hips. In battle, the Quagman will draw his blades and hold them blade down, as though grasping a large pair of daggers!

The Ferustir's lance.

I know you've been waiting for this next weapon…

The Ferustir’s lance is a weapon whose current iteration has only been in existence for a single generation. The name 'Ferustir' is given to an Irucantî priest when dressed in battle guise. Forged in the Romghold by the artisans who used to forge fire-bronze swords, the lance's most unique feature is that it's completely useless to all but the Irucantî it was forged for. That is, it will only ignite for one. Do you remember why this is so? Do you remember what incident with a fire-sword made this feature necessary?

The Ferustir's lance is forged from fire bronze infused with the blood of the intended Irucantî, a powerful blend of spells and… well… only the Gods of the Realms and the artisans who skilfully manufacture them know exactly what goes into them! The Ferustir’s lance in its docile state is a bronze cylinder of between a foot and two foot long. The cylinder always contains intricately carved Fireisgh insignia that forms the grip of the lance. When gripped by it’s master, the lance will extend blades from each end of the grip to form a four to six foot weapon. The Ferustir’s lance is now ignited. When the Ferustir loosens their grip, the blades retract and the lance resumes it’s former, sleeping state.

Of all the weapons in Gone Dragon - Book I, I really want a Ferustir’s lance!

Bows, arrows, throwing knives and cursed daggers.

There are other weapons that make their appearance in Book I. What stands out for me is the cursed dagger the Quagman named Briet used to see a surly waiter to his untimely demise - something that sparks dark memories for Eamon…

What of Juniper stones?

This raises an interesting question! Is the juniper stone a weapon? It allows passage through an immovable object, but when Magnus utilizes it for a rather unique purpose, it becomes an altogether different matter… Would you call a Juniper stone a weapon?

 I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s ramble and riddles!

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Happy reading,

T.P. Sheehan