Daoine Blade Generations
Seelie Swords of the Good folk drank friend and foe alike, but more often foe of the races of Hu if truth be told. And if truth be told we owe each other nothing. Let that satisfy Mistress Fate.
Swords forged in the land of faerie go further back even then the first known Human records of Sidhe in the age of Hu when the Sidhe other than the Mayet bound began appearing in the hardworlds (as they call Oco) to Humans. The Hunym claim a meeting further back, besides their fey Queens, but I have no evidence of it.
These swords are not iron make but true silver and on these swords is generally a yearning geas, a yearning to use, and this yearning keens the blade with a literal keening that can only be heard by faerie ears, faerie swords and faerie shields. Such are the Daoine Sidhe workmanship
The Daoine do not smith to no purpose and their wiles were not unfamiliar with the fates and destinies. A few said to be most dreadful blades of S shape and a keening that was audible and dreadful on the hard world to make friend and foe alike quail. So very rare that any remain unclaimed by faerie, but it would be possible in an ancient, ancient ruin moldering well below the earth that a few may lay where their masters and mistresses have long since faded. On such fragments do young warriors dream and in one case, won a kingdom.
I am sorry. Herewith is what little I gathered of the Generations of the Daoine Blades
The Age of Pain: Ut Tuell GodezzJest carved out from the fields of screaming Essites the yield for his people for their sustenance in that indeterminate age. Tuell forged it with the ouroborous as his hammer and quickslysilver as its metal. Tuell named it “Sweet Whimperer” These are the only known records of this thing. If it exists it would be, scholars surmise, the only Daoine blade that had no runecarvings of power, for it predates all rune lore. There are no other records of the word “Essite” nor of “quickslysilver”.
Age of Law: Runed Daoine Blades were first forged for the purpose here recorded in an onyx tablet thence recopied in the age of HU before its loss: “We did Truesilvermake in Gladden fields found. Whither it cut the eye could not see, not by slender arm but by quickest sliver of intent, quickening the blood. Oh dreadful Shredded Hilt! I love thy relentless plea for my being and we rending things without shape, sentience without pathways into corpus bloated to reside for time unmarked by me runed in Aten’s name!”
After the Age of Law, Mayet created the Faerie Lands and established the Seelie Courts in payment for the binding. What blades are forged there mortal man can know only at his peril. Still, faerie Seelie court wars have spilled across notably what is now called The Wendrian Hills and the Baija road.
In the Generation of Preponderance of the Seelie Court in the age of Darkness, many blades were made. Many of the most puissant Daoine Sidhe those who fought the Fomorians have thin flexible swords of longsword length. They are not known to exist such was their keening for Fomorian blood the blade would mist for thirst.
In the Generation of First Hardworld Assays in the Age of Darkness, blades were forged to fight the Felinix Nox and their gibbering servants and these blades would have a sheen of light in Daoine Hands and puissant against things of Darkness. The Nox were of the hardworld and many of these battles though not all for the Nox were puissant mystics. Some of these still show up in tales today and Endla a duke of Uyea of Faerie Favor wore one on his side when he wed Allearea of the Goldenrod Elegies.
There 444 generations in the age of Hu and not counting all the nymish tales far more prolific then human faerie interaction given their heredity, Daoine blades were generally still of truesilver make but of simpler fashion and put to more ordinary use, drinking blood. In these ages, Nymish Koral learned the mining of Truesilver and other secrets of Mt. Koral and toward the end of these generations their finest work rivaled the Daoine work. Some say the Daoine pursued other arts, but they did not serve them well.
There was one generation in the age of dreaming, and though the blades of truesilver were puissant, when Paragrond ascended Mt. Glered-nigh signaling the end of this age the Daoine withdrew from the hard world. Blades of this generation may still be found and a mass of them are said to be in the depths of Mt. Glered-nigh. Some keen for Imperial Dragon blood. Dural-Ahn wore such a blade for seven years wherein he used it in the wars of the Koradesh and the untranslatable of the jungle. In that seventh year Dural-ahn and his triad were suddenly beset upon by Fectha of Fifth Tier and Dural his Triad and his blade were never seen again. Some lesser blades puissant for unhomed serpents and wyrms have been reputed to not arouse the twin pupilled eyes of Glered-nigh. Such blades burn brightly and in addition to being baleful extremis they strengthen the heart to resist draconic glamour.
These days, other blades of Daoine make have appeared and faeriewalkers tell of seeing S blades again hilted to the Daoine of the Seelie courts. But rarely and not so unified of purpose and said to weave things of a more mystical nature requiring much puissance to wield effectively, yet performing feats to rival the sorcerer Queen Shere and for all it is still too a baleful blade. In crystalline hands bent to honor.
A brief note on other blades, pixie blades no larger than a hatpin, Good Seelie Giant blades all most remarkable, but none so suited for wizard hands as those of the Seelie Court.
A Daoine blade with one notable exception is known by its Daoine runes. These runes are power and unlock the faerie glamours, but only Daoine and those few favored by them either capriciously or by some deed are taught in dweomer of sealing lips the true meaning of those blades. I only know of one legend, King Eryx of Seeva what is now Upper Saracea who built his Kingdom on the sword which survived even the rack of his ruinous dissolute son before crumbling to baronies again.
Of the wicked faerie blades I will not write.