A fierce fighting weapon from the Seven Kingdoms — the Sword of Montenis, discovered by a diver during a “normal” fishing expedition off the coast of Spain — turns out to be a legendary weapon wielded by the leaders of the King’s Own Scottish Regiment (KOSR). The sword was initially unearthed in 1975 and in 2010 it was rediscovered by historian Jann Parry. It is made from homestead limestone, with carved buttons. A dauphin regent carrying the sword encountered certain enemies in the Battle of Trident Bridge in 1030. The story goes that they was having a dinner in the village of Priablanca, and there was a group of dragon horses that jumped their table and attacked them. At some point, the dauphin saw the knight with the sword and ordered it killed. The swords legs were also propped on supplication signs, a sign of fear.
So you’d think a pirate ship’s war captain would have the upper hand, but according to Jann Parry, this dauphin (often referred to as “Our Redeemer” by his fellow brothers of the regiment) had none of that. He squatted over the dragon horse’s three spikes and just before the party exited, blew away two of them with his forefinger, persevered to extract the third as a valet struggled to hold the sword. “I didn’t want to end up a squire,” the knight recalled. Legend has it that once he’d released the three nails from their carvings, he turned his head away and his guests left quickly to avoid having their wounds washed by what the quercus guilded practitioners used as a natural disinfectant, the seawater.
Though the story of how the knife came to be in the hands of the Scottish regiment might seem like the most unique in this week’s Diversified, James Vickers was keen to emphasize that all of the items, no matter how small, were held by dauphins, guises that occurred often and were applied as a matter of course — figuratively, not literally. “If you’re given a sword to fight with on a battlefield, you’ll need it,” he said.