RHoG Wrath of the Righteous
Radiance, Holy Sword of Iomedae
Known History of the Sword
In 4692 ar, soon after the start of the Fourth Crusade, a paladin of Iomedae and renowned demon slayer named Yaniel spoke out against the Mendevian crusaders, accusing them of negligence and sloth, and claiming these faults were what allowed Khorramzadeh to invade Kenabres and damage the wardstone.
Her accusations cut too close to the truth, and in a moment of weakness her superiors threatened to excommunicate her. Instead, she said she would enter the Worldwound and fight the Fourth Crusade on her own, with only her magic sword Radiance for company.
The church was happy to see Yaniel go, and in the 2 years that followed, she was thought to have been slain.
Yet when she returned to Kenabres in 4694 ar, leading a small army of crusaders she’d rescued, both Yaniel and her superiors had changed. For her part, Yaniel had shed her pride and insubordination, and had gained a new appreciation for the difficult decisions leaders are forced to make. And the church leaders had learned that sometimes the truth is exactly what you need to hear.
Alas, Yaniel was assassinated before the year was out, slain by the lilitu demon Minagho only a week into her second personal crusade. Her followers managed to return to Kenabres with Radiance, but Yaniel’s body had been taken.
The sword had gone dark after Yaniel’s death, its magical powers apparently lost, and so the crusaders elected to place it in the Gray Garrison on display.
Yet several months ago it was stolen from the Gray Garrison and hasn’t been seen since.
Marcus has heard of or even witnessed some of these events, and has actually seen Radiance on display in the Gray Garrison many times.
Radiance was once a powerful weapon, yet since Yaniel’s death the blade has become inert.
The moment it is handled by Marcus, however, the blade suddenly glows with golden light and functions as a +1 cold iron longsword that radiates light as a torch on command.
If more information isn’t added to Radiance’s Powers section after we finish book one, remind Brent to do so.