ANST - Crown Tourney: Riccardo's Sword
pmitchel at flash.net
Mon Mar 30 20:11:50 PST 1998
> Greetings, m'lords, m'ladies, and good gentles all,
> Recall the sword of the late Sir Riccardo di Pisa, Lion and Hero of Ansteorra,
> which was auctioned off during the feast of the Crown Tournament of Spring AS
> 32 (1998 AD) for a bid of $450 (Vivat!). I have a hypothesis to discuss:
> I have heard stories of how the sword was passed from knight to knight during
> Gulf War '97. My Baron, Sir Pendarin, relates of how the sword seemed to move
> on its own, striking three times unerringly. Are their similar instances
> among the other knights who had their turn at the object? And what of the
> story of the Trimarans who were eager to oppose those who held it for the
> opportunity to be defeated by it?
> If such things are truly possible, then two possible explanations come to
> mind. Either the spirit of Riccardo performed one final act by guiding the
> sword before he departed into the Hereafter, or he has somehow imbued the
> sword with a portion of his soul, to be used in times of dire need.
I had a similar experience when I wielded the sword; I fought better
any other battle of the war, it did seem to move of its own accord.
But I don't believe that the spirit of Ricardo was in the sword.
Ricardo's spirit was in _me_.
- Galen of Bristol
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