Sword of Keyla

The Sword of Keyla is an arming sword that belonged to the legendary Keyla, daughter of Radok, of the house of Vayantar. She was the first irdárian in the world and her sword became a symbol of the tenacity and pride of the irdárian people. It is being held in the official Fusion City state museum.

 

Description

The sword is remarkably well preserved, in spite of being over two and a half millennia old. There is only some pitting from rust and the leather wrap of the handle has long since worn away, but both the quillons and the blade are almost entirely undamaged.   The blade is almost exactly 80cm long and sharply tapers to a point, making the sword very thrust-centric, but still offers a significant heft for slashing. The edge shows signs of frequent use and the sharpness have dulled with age.  

Significance

The sword is believed to be the one wielded by Keyla during the irdárian rebellions and is therefore a priceless relic from before even the feudal age.  

History

Following political tensions in the Kingdom of Khamad, Keyla of Vayantar takes her rebels and marches upon the chatalan keep in Irdar and conquers it before it becomes a threat to the kingdom. However the king of Khamad explicitly forbade her from taking such action, citing lack of resources for another war front. He gets enraged with her and her loyalists, declaring them outlaws and march upon the keep with what men he can spare in order to quell her and her rebels.  

The Cowardly King

Following a taxing war between Khamad and the Empire of Kvandr, the western scattered minor nations were getting conquered by a military strong nation called Khol-Chatal. The chatalans conquered nation after nation and "unified" them under one flag. The king of Khamad, Kaivas, did not believe that the chatalans would challenge Khamad and therefore largely ignored the conquest going on at his doorstep. When the chatalans constructed a keep on the Khamadian border, Keyla of Vayantar, a noblewoman in his court, spoke up against the king and suggested that Khamad would strike swiftly against the keep before it was completed and before it was manned by soldiers instead of engineers, workers and support troops. Kaivas did not believe that it was necessary and also claimed Khamad did not possess the resources to fight two wars on either side of the kingdom.  

Keyla the Warrior

Keyla, winning a lot of the councilmembers over, eventually took matters into her own hands and took her loyalists and marched upon the chatalan keep. They took it without much resistance, but this greatly angered the king of Khamad. He took whatever men he had and marched upon the keep to quell the rebellion immediately.  

The Siege of Irdar Keep

Keylas loyalists had now had time to supply the keep and Kaivas sieged the keep for four years, before desperation forced Keyla out of the keep. In a desperate attempt, she took her force and charged the Khamadian army during the night and in the confusion her men did an astounding damage to the army, slaying over 3000 men, including king Kaivas himself. Unfortunately, Keyla was also slain and her sword taken up by her husband, Radok, who rallied the survivors and claimed the lands of Irdar for the people he now called "irdárians". In that way, Keyla became a symbol for Irdárian tenacity and strength.  

Materials & Components

The sword is made of an unusually high quality carbon steel, indicating that it was not made locally, as blacksmithing technology had not reached that far in Morvátu at the time. It was likely made of imported steel from the Blood Coast in the northeast.
Item type
Weapon, Melee
Current Location
Related ethnicities
Owning Organization
Weight
890g
Dimensions
Blade: 80cm
Full length: 97cm

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