The Sultan’s cousin, Lady Ries Ib Reshi, came to me once she knew I was writing of her island sword. I, Ad Dakhla, scribe and chronicler to the court of the Sultan of the City of Bronze, do here set down what Lady Ries told me. She had the occasion to visit one of her cousin’s mines not long after, the place high in the mountain where many of the ores needed for bronzes are found.

In the course of a tour, near the mine’s lowest depthe, she tripped and nearly fell on an item. An hour’s digging, and they found the source: a simple sword that was surrounded by bedrock, as it it had been formed there. Lady Ries showed me the weapon, and it indeed matched the one she had found on that island, both in form as well as impossibility. I was at a loss to explain it, as was she.

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