Ruby Tridenser

The last of the fabled King-Swords of Lozar. The Ruby Tridenser is a bastard sword carved by the god Anam from the Ruby Mountain in the Seventh Heaven.
— Instructor of Recruits
For thousands of years, you could be the king of the most powerful empire in the world if you showed up with a shiny sword! What the Hells kind of system of government is that!
— Sgt. Kill Flayer

The last of a set of five. The Tridenser swords were Holy Avengers carved or forged from a precious stone or metal. Traditionally the five tridensers were: Gold, Silver, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. The Five Tridensers emblem is the symbol of The Church of Anam, the Sovranty of Lozar, The Order of Tridensers, and is iconic on clothing and jewelry throughout Sovranty and Concordant lands.

History

Anam

The Tridenser swords were originally the weapons of the god Anam. The Ruby was his third Tridenser. He had previously gifted the Gold to his chief solar and lost the Silver while visiting the mortal plane.

King Amaston the Red

Amaston the Red was the first paladin. When he called on Anam in a time of great need he was gifted with the power to call on divine power in battle. When the king of Lozar died without an heir, Anam declared that the next king would prove themselves worthy by being able to bear his personal weapon in combat.

The Ruby Tridenser appeared in the center of the city of Kirinal. Every show off and would be king in town attempted to lift it, but all failed. Eventually, with a prayer to his patron, Amaston bore the sword aloft and was proclaimed the new King of Lozar.

St. F'tor

The most famous wielder of the Ruby Tridenser was St. F'Tor. The Tridenser Saints became synonymous with their weapons. References in history to the Ruby Tridenser are just as likely to be about F'Tor as they are the sword.

Originally the son of a fisherman, this paladin rose in prominence and earned the right to bear the Ruby Tridenser after defeating a chimera.

As one of the Eternal Paladins, he lived for more than a thousand years, sustained by the magic of the Tridenser and ushering in the Pax Lozaria with the other Five Tridensers.

He died in the Disintegration of Kirinal and was raised to demi-godhood as a Saint of Anam. The original Tridensers were believed to have been lost in the destruction.

King Borland

Sir Borland ended the Lozarian Succession Wars by appearing in Kirinal, somehow bearing the original Ruby Tridenser. He died nine years into his reign on a patrol in the north, his body was stripped of all valuables, including the King Sword.

The Last Tridenser King

The last Tridenser King, Adinet Avaloni, abdicated his throne to usher in the Sovranty. He believed in the end of the old ways. Patriarchy, kings, and unquestioning loyalty to the gods should come to an end. He returned the Ruby Tridenser to the Church of Anam and retired to his family's lands in The Royal Duchy of Taristrae.

Item type
Unique Artifact
Current Location
Owning Organization
Rarity
Unique
Weight
5lbs
Dimensions
44 inches long
Base Price
14.5 million gold pieces
Raw materials & Components
The blade and tang are carved from an enormous extraplanar ruby. The hilt is wrapped in leather taken from a primordial dragon god.

D&D 3E Stats

+5 defending holy avenger bastard sword,

D&D 5E Stats

Holy Avenger Longsword

Tridenser Smite

Paladins can smite with their maximum spell slot without expending spell slots 3 times. This recharges at dawn.

Spells

While the sword is on your person, you can use an action to cast one of the following spells (save DC 18) from it: circle of power or magic circle. Once you use the sword to cast a spell, you can’t cast that spell again from it until the next dawn.

Properties

Your alignment affects what properties the sword bestows.

Lawful: While attuned you gain +1 bonus to Armor Class.

Good: While attuned you can't be blinded, deafened, petrified or stunned.

Chaotic: While attuned, all attacks have advantage against you.

Evil: While attuned, you have vulnerability to all damage.



Cover image: by Chris L

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