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K'eldyr: The Sword of Mercy by Shodukari K'eldyr: The Sword of Mercy by Shodukari
Seven blades, seven hearts,
Seven journeys, all to start

Seven stars to light the night
Evil’s bane, Hope’s delight

The Healer born, amid the dead
Hides his face, though warrior bred

The Guide, though battered, hears the call
With Raven’s voice still sings to all

The Soulless Shell, redeemed at last
Walks anew, through blood filled past

The Shield, untested, still pristine
Their eyes uncovered, at last to be seen

The Hunter, calmly views the moon
Two sides exist, the choice is soon.

The Tempest, passionate, winds of change
Forsaken of Khaos, now needs be self reined.

The Jester, the trickster, the wise old fool
Here now, then gone, obeying no rules.

The Maiden, now Mother, now Matron, as well
Three powers now woven in one woman’s shell

The last is the Teacher, the dreamer, the sage
Protector, defender, through sword and through page.

One shall rebel, and one shall die,
One find forgiveness, one learn to cry
One shall lose faith, then find it again.
One shall battle the Darkness within.
One shall know peace, ere their body grows cold
And one shall share love, long forgotten of old

Nine shall set out, only seven return
The Call has gone out, let Hope’s fire burn.




This is K’eldyr, the Sword of Mercy. Crafted by an unknown hand and given to a pacifist warrior named Richter, It is the first sword of the prophecy above. Though it is unclear whether Richter is the individual the prophecy speaks of. The weapon is clearly powerful and suited to the gentle warrior. The weapon, both blade and hilt is fashioned from silvery steel alloy with a unicorn’s horn embedded down the center of the lower portion of the blade. The grip is a soft white leather and set with rings and studs for grip with the pommel being shaped like the bud of a Firebloom plant, a plant known for it’s curative properties. It truly is a weapon in appearance only, refusing to take a life unless absolutely necessary.


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The Ky'ahdril, those known as the Stone Elves by humans, are a quiet but compassionate race. Knowing full well the feelings of being ostracized from those around you, these protectors have open arms to those who truly need help. Some years ago a human child was discovered by the Ky'ahdril, alone and apparently in some form of deep shock. The elves took in the young fosterling and attempted to aid him as best they could. Time past, and they succeeded in helping him heal some wounds, and the child emerged from within himself to reveal his name to them, Richter. For seven years the boy stayed with his adopted family, learning the ways of the elves as best he could, and being taught, without his realizing it, so much more about himself. Over time he grew to become a large muscular example of his race, towering over the more slender elves around him by at least a head's height and had participated in a few of the clan's rituals, resulting in a swirl of colorful tattoos that ran the length of his bare arms. Despite the care that had been given to him from his adopted home, it became clear to Richter that he needed to find his own path and place within this world and that it was not here. With a heavy heart, he left his home and began to travel the roads, soon meeting up with the first other human he had ever encountered, a mischievous bard known as Kah. It seemed that Kah had a business of sorts, moving items from city to city without the irritation of the city's law enforcers knowing of it. Despite this rather illegal lifestyle, Richter found her heart to be good, and deemed himself needed by the charming woman. The one thing that disturbed Richter the most was the alarming tendency that people would attack the pair on the roads with intent on gaining whatever items Kah was carrying. In the course of defending himself and his new companion, he found himself forced to kill on numerous occasions. This action went against all he had learned about the importance of life from his adopted clan and he long sought for a way to reconcile it within himself. He often spoke of his troubles to the Elders of the clan when he returned home to visit, seeking guidance in their wisdom, and it during one of these visits that something wondrous occurred. A visitor, one swaddled in the cloaks of the Ky'ahdril, and therefore unknown, save for the deference shown to him by the clan Elders, came to the clan while Richter was in council. Listening to his conversations with the Elders, the figure seemed intrigued with his dilemma and became deep in thought. Soon after, when Richter had left the clan to return to Kah’s side, he was greeted at the border of the elven lands by this mysterious guest. Resting beside the figure, against a tree trunk, was a weapon of silvery magnificence. Keen, bright, and perfectly balanced, the sword seemed waiting for Richter. Richter was told by the stranger that the sword would not harm anyone if Richter did not wish to, even when in the most fearsome of combat. Instead, the weapon would sap the energy of their violence, fatiguing them until sleep overcame their bodies. The weapon would spill no blood unless that was the intent, and would be an item of defense against the helpless. All that was required was for Richter to willing take up the blade, and to give it a name. Reluctant at first, not trusting the word of this stranger, Richter declined the offer, until the stranger pulled back their hood and revealed himself to be none other than Puck, the founder of the Ky'ahdril. Now more confident, Richter took up the sword, noting with interest the horn set within the center of the weapon’s blade. Puck told him it was the donated gift of a unicorn, and that, together with the pommel, fashioned and infused with the Firebloom blossom, the sword would render him immune to poisons and diseases. Richter named the weapon K’eldyr, the elven word for Mercy, and true to Puck’s word the weapon will spill no blood unless Richter wills it so, and allows him to wield it in a manner similar to those swordsmen of the elven clan he lived with for some many years. It is unlikely that the two will ever part as long as Richter lives.
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nemedeus Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice designs, except for the spikes going towards the hilt.
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Shodukari Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Although I don't see the issue with the hilt design myself.
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nemedeus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Let me say first  that i am not an expert on the subject, just an enthusiast, and these are my own interpretations from what i could gather.

What i meant is the crossguard. It has two little spiky protrusions, which i would consider contraproductive to how swords are used. Generally, swords are held with the hand touching the crossguard, which enhances control over the blade (both having the crossguard as additional leverage and being closer to the point of balance, assuming it's above the crossguard, which would be usual.)

This true for one-handed and two-handed swords. it should be noted that in case of two-handed usage, one will want to have the other hand hold the pommel of a sword, rather than just below the dominant hand, for the same reasons: leverage and control.

That said, i really have to commend you on the blade which looks very nice and "believable" if you know what i'm saying. Your designs in general are much more pleasing to look at in this regard, than what is typical in the fantasy genre.
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Shodukari Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah! I see the issue here. First, since there is no 'hand' to compare to, you cannot see the intention. The points you refer to would be outside of the gripped fingers and curve around them. Also, in my world, which the sword belongs to, one of the defining marks of an Elven crafted blade is that all of them have slightly longer grips, of a length normally seen as 'hand and a half' sized grips, even on the longswords. This is just an affectation of mine.
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nemedeus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, but even in that case - and this was actually something i thought about when i commented - i would say, the protrusions would cause a problem close to the one of the (horrifying) keyblades from the Kingdom Hears series. Here is a nice explanation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nqFX7…
What i am getting at is, even if these wouldn't directly hurt you, they would still be in the way in my opinion, and other than that i also cannot really see what purpose they would serve by being there. At the very least, i know i wouldn't want it to be like this.

So here would be my suggestion: disassemble the sword (assuming it can be disassembled and isn't made from one piece) and put it back together with the crossgard turned the other way around. the added benefit is that the crossguard then will also better fullfill its intended purpose as, in a way, a hook both in parrying and controling the enemy's weapon (i don't know of any historical exemplars of swords that had crossguards that slanted downwards like here. But Slanted upwards, lots of them.)

In history, the defining feature deciding whether a sword is used one-handed or two-handed is the hilt. So i have to ask, although admittedly tounge in cheek, do the elves have particularly large hands? ;P (seriously though, if you are interested, you can find a video on that particular subject here www.youtube.com/watch?v=wezcki… )
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Shodukari Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Large hands? No. Longer fingers, and an affinity to craft after the natural form? Yes. The extended hilt is a tribute to the naturally growing trees limbs and is a holdover from when the elven race once possessed the ability to shape their weapons and armor instead of forging them in fire and iron. The weapons were shaped through magic into the forms needed and retained a natural look. This was called Shean'shee Magii or The Living Magic.
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nemedeus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, but even in that case - and this was actually something i thought about when i commented - i would say, the protrusions would cause a problem close to the one of the (horrifying) keyblades from the Kingdom Hears series. Here is a nice explanation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nqFX7…
What i am getting at is, even if these wouldn't directly hurt you, they would still be in the way in my opinion, and other than that i also cannot really see what purpose they would serve by being there. At the very least, i know i wouldn't want it to be like this.

So here would be my suggestion: disassemble the sword (assuming it can be disassembled and isn't made from one piece) and put it back together with the crossgard turned the other way around. the added benefit is that the crossguard then will also better fullfill its intended purpose as, in a way, a hook both in parrying and controling the enemy's weapon (i don't know of any historical exemplars of swords that had crossguards that slanted downwards like here. But Slanted upwards, lots of them.)

In history, the defining feature deciding whether a sword is used one-handed or two-handed is the hilt. So i have to ask, although admittedly tounge in cheek, do the elves have particularly large hands? ;P (seriously though, if you are interested, you can find a video on that particular subject here www.youtube.com/watch?v=wezcki… )
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ninjanoto Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
damn that prophecy gave me CHILLS..... love it
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Shodukari Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad. It was something I did a long while ago. I always wanted to finish it, but never did. I didn't even get to the Buster Blade one this time, and I loved the idea for that character!
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DragonKnight92 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Awesome! Can't wait for the other six.
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Shodukari Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah! me too lol, Some day I'll actually figure out what they are.
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