The Paladins have a rich history of remarkable heroes leading them down the paths of healing the sick and smiting great evil, but no leader amongst them is more mysterious than their current Supreme Healer, Sir Glaive Arietta.
What little is known of Sir Glaive exists in the few smatterings of public records found in the various towns and villages he inhabited before joining the Paladins. While his exact birthplace is unknown, he is known to have worked as a farmhand in several villages during his early 20s. Some modern historians have commented on how odd this lack of history is.
When asked about this gap in his life history, Professor Graga ‘Blondie’ Kelpla had this to say of her friend. “Sure, it may seem suspicious that Glaive left behind so little to tell of his childhood, but I know him. He is from a different world than you or I. One need only meet him to see that.”
More in depth records of Glaive’s history begin when he first encountered the Paladins. One day when a group of Paladins came to a village to heal the sick, Glaive became interested in them and asked how they came about their powers. Deeply fascinated and moved by their charity, he asked to join their ranks.
For reasons not yet clear, Glaive was unable to join his fellow students in learning the art of sword fighting. In spite of this, he carefully observed others practice the craft, and was able to memorize certain routines by sight alone. Doing so, he managed to build modest skill as a sword fighter without ever picking up a blade. Despite his struggles with bladed weapons, he excelled in the meditative art of healing, and soon became a teacher on the subject. Students who have met him speak of his calm demeanor and unending patience with even the most hopeless of cases.
In his early 30s, Glaive enlisted his aid in the war of the Lich Uprising as a healer. While searching a decimated battlefield for any still living wounded, he came across Celice Hulayen Arietta, Warrant Officer of the Paladin’s Guard. The officer had been disemboweled by a lich’s spear before mortally wounding her foe, and was barely able to outrun the ensuing explosion before succumbing to blood loss.
Seeing she was barely alive, Sir Glaive gave up much of his own life force to heal the stricken soldier, nearly killing himself in the process. Grateful to the healer’s selflessness, Celice dragged him a staggering twenty miles in search of help. What they found instead was a battalion headed by Archlich Kirkeron, the leader of the Lich Uprising. The two were barely able to evade the lich’s battalion.
Realizing they were the only ones who could stop him, Celice nursed the young Paladin back to health, and smithed him a suit of armor along with his now famous blade. In a surprise blitz attack, the two singlehandedly destroyed Kirkeron’s battalion, and defeated the Archlich himself.
The two were highly celebrated for their courage. Celice climbed the ranks to Captain, and Sir Glaive was now able to begin honing his skills in blade based combat, which he quickly became a master in. Celice even had herself assigned to Sir Glaive’s Personal Guard. Around this time, Sir Glaive and Captain Celice realized they had feelings for each other. The two journeyed to the city of Ganbury and placed a commemorative shield on the famous Every War Tower in memory to all those lost in the Lich Uprising. They eloped soon after.
Rather than have her take his name, Glaive decided to take that of his bride. When asked why, he is said to have replied “Someone of such great courage and resolve as the Captain honors me merely by being present. More so by allowing a fool like me to call her ‘wife.’ To bear her name is the greatest of blessings.”
Celice is said to have replied with the phrase “Sappy.”
It was around this time that Sir Glaive took his blade to a friend of his, a sword smith named Jules Mason who worked regularly with the Paladins.
Mason speaks highly of working with Paladins. He is quoted as saying “If you want to perfect your craft, work for a Paladin. They treat you so well, you are compelled to make any commissioned blade the most flawless it could ever be.”
Mason called Glaive’s bladethe most difficult blade he ever had to craft.
“The Captain put a lot of effort into the blade herself. It was more than enough to get any job done. But as is the case with any Paladin, no blade can be less than perfect. This is not to say that a Paladin will not accept a less than perfect blade. Oh no. They will gladly do so and pay handsomely for all the effort with both riches and kindness. But to give something flawed to such a noble people, it is a sin.”
The smith slaved over the blade for several years. During this time, Sir Glaive built a reputation as a great humanitarian and defeater of evil, and became one of the Mound’s greatest living mentors. When Supreme Healer Lady Sarah Olaria came close to her passing, she named Sir Glaive as her successor. It was due to this occasion that Mason made a hasty finish to Sir Glaive’s blade, though he certainly didn’t skimp on the effort.
Thinking of it now, Mason cannot help but chuckle. “Sometimes I think Lady Olaria passed on purpose just to give me a deadline. If she hadn’t, I may well have worked on the blade for the rest of my life.”
Sir Glaive’s blade is what the people of Tygan call a Spine Cutter. Though its swing is not quite as quick as some blades, it excels in cutting power. Its swing is enough to cleave through a spine as if it were butter. All Spine Cutters are elegant killers, and Mason swore to make Sir Glaive’s the ultimate blade of smiting evil.
Mason worked on the handle first.
“Finding a material that worked well with Sir Glaive’s armored hands was somewhat difficult, but all around it was do-able. That took me about five months. Hardest part was actually the serpent ornament which I added as a tribute to Sir Glaive’s heritage. I worked on that thing under a microscope to make sure every last scale was perfect.”
The hardest part of the process was the blade itself.
“Glaive requested that the metal of the blade Celice gave him not be replaced. Said the metal she gave him saved both their lives, and that he desired not to part with it. Understand, he only requested it. But when a Paladin requests something, well then you just have to do it.”
Mason slaved over the blade for a full two years.
“I wanted that thing to be perfectly symmetrical, right down to the micrometer. Sometimes I would think it was done, only to see the tiniest flaw. Then I would re-heat the blade and go at it again. It was a most tedious process, but seeing my friend’s admiration of my handy work made all the labor worth it.”
The sheath for the blade was a work of art in and of itself. Made of standard steel for the interior in order to safely house the sword without dulling the blade, the outside was made of patterned bronze with bonder rings of silver in order to prevent rust.
Jules Mason presented the blade to Sir Glaive in person during his coronation. Glaive accepted it as a gift from both Mason and Celice, saying “My love could never propose with just a ring, but something that could ensure my safety. And now my dear friend Jules has ensured this token of love will stay as beautiful for years to come.”
So beautiful was the blade that Celice put it forward as an example of one of the land’s greatest. “As a joke.” she claims. However, Sir Glaive’s blade, which he now dubbed Guiding Star, became a prime example of some of Haiden’s best smithing, with some even ranking it higher than Sir Slight’s dragon slayer blade.
Of the reverence for Guiding Star from the critics, Verdo Calem had this to say.
“Guiding Star is the finest blade I ever had the privilege of seeing. But her beauty should stand as a testament to the best motivator for one who smiths. It is not the coin you earn, or fear of whiplash which brings out the best in an artist, but the desire to make something worthy for a hero. Or better yet, for a friend.”
Sir Slight was unable to be reached for comment.
Sir Glaive continues to keep a low profile, though some have reported seeing a strange Ankeerean in at times when he is said to have been present. Some suspect a relationship between the two.