Vera Chapman

“This is very old", he said, "Oh, very, very old. It was made in the days when all weapons were made of bronze, and yet it is not all bronze. It is made of a subtle mixture of all the seven metals: gold, silver, iron, quicksilver, tin, copper and lead, by an art long ago lost to man. I knew the man who made it - in another life. By strange and cunning ways he made it - some of the metals he melted and mangled, others he interwove into the inscription on the blade - there were other skills as well. So, by the interchanging of the natures of the seven metals, a powerful magic was put upon the sword. Although it was made in the days when men had only bronze, yet there is a power upon it that could cut through steel. Therefore it is called "Caliburn" - "Cut-Steel" in one of the old languages. I know a man that can restore it, both blade, hilt and scabbard. Tomorrow I will go in search of him".”

Vera Chapman, The Enchantresses
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The Enchantresses The Enchantresses by Vera Chapman
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