The Glaive of Light, A Celtic Fantasy story

The Glaive of Light (the sword of light)

By Dr. Pelham K. Mead III

 

The Celtic old ones say that in the beginning of time, the good Gods and the evil Gods made a peace for short period of time. The good Gods would reign during the day and the evil Gods would rein in the night.

 

As a symbol of their peace a Glave of Light, or a Sword of light was fashioned out of the rarest stones of light. This sword was unlike any sword shaped by man or God for it was forged of diamonds and quartz some of the hardest crystal-like rock in the earth.  It would have no metal cutting edge. Rather, it would have a dull edge, but it reflected any light source, and magnified its intensity to become was would become known millions of years later as a laser beam.

 

The light beamed through the crystal-like appearance of the Glave, and showed the colors of the rainbow. It was with the great skill of the Gods of good, and evil that this symbol of peace was created under millions of pounds of pressure to form an unbreakable sword of power and light. In the handle of the Glade of Light were the most precious emeralds and rubies set into the hardest substances know to man or God.

 

The evil Gods did not completely trust the good Gods, so they limited the powers of the Glave of Light to daytime or a light source only. The good Gods were equally mistrusting of the evil Gods, and they empowered the Glave of Light with powers never known to man before. Any holder of the Glave of Light would be greatly enhanced in size, mental ability, and physical strength. As acts of goodness were accomplished the strength of the Glade of Light would double.

 

The holder of the Glave of Light would have to be tall to tote a 4 foot long sword, and swing it with two hands. The Glave of light had special powers that if pointed at an object, it could cause a beam of light to cut a person in half or  slice a rock at over one hundred yards or more. The Glave could cut through metal or any hard substance like a hot knife through butter. When the Glade was finished, the Gods of good and evil were pleased that it seemed to be the perfect symbol of the peace of the Gods, and the balance of night and day.

 

As the Gods provided the four seasons of the year, they also provided that Glave of Light got more and more powerful toward spring and finally reaching it’s peak of power in the summer of the year and getting weaker and weaker toward the fall and winter of each year. The Glave of Light represented the cycle of life and the seasons of the year. It was a symbol of eternal life and the changes that occur in life. It was a symbol that was greater then any one person or country or continent. It was the symbol of truth.

 

The Gods of good and evil were determined that the Glave of Light would not fall into the wrong hands so they chose a “Keeper of the Glave of Light.”  The “Keeper of the Glave” would pass on to his descendents, or someone worthy and pure, from one generation to generation.  The powers of the Glave,” it’s secrets, and how only pure truth and noble blood could hold it must remain a secret no matter what.  The powers of the Glave were for the betterment of mankind and peace.

 

So, the Glave of Light was given to a clan of little people called the ‘forest people,” who lived in the lowland forests of Celtia in the northern reaches of Brittany. There were many tribes in those days. It was a time before the Romans came to Brittany and Celtia. There were the Celts tribe from the northern regions, the Delts tribe from the south. The Delts were a dirty people who never washed and smelled a great deal.  The Smelts from the north-eastern shores were an even smellier tribe since they were afraid of water and washing.  The Melts or Meads from the central highlands, and they were pale white of skin and uncomfortable in the light of the sun.

 

The Glave of Light was a big sword approximately four feet long. It was as big as the keeper of the Glave himself. The first keeper of the Glave of Light was a small person known to his clan as KenKenny. The Gods promised KenKenny the 1st that if he kept the promise to protect the glade, then his family and generations would survive forever and eventually become great.

 

One day hundreds of years after KenKenny the 1st lived out his years as the first Keeper of the Glave of Light, one of his descendents would become Kenneth the I, the first recorded King of Scotland. The promise would come true as promised by the Gods.

 

To preserve and carry the Glave of Light it had to be kept in a lightproof case of the softest deerskin and formed in the shape of a knife sheaf. Many of the women of the clan of KenKenny sewed together the sheaf to protect the Glave of Light with the utmost skill and perfection.

It was the duty of the descendents of KenKenny to go and seek out a noble ruler for the land of Celtia. It was indeed a solemn duty that was entrusted to the “Keeper of the Glave of Light.”

This is the story about KenKenny, the first “Keeper of the Glave of Light,” and his journey to be protect the Glave of Light for good and for all mankind.

 

 

It was by the brook the village of the forest people lived.  KenKenny was barely 4 feet tall with a short reddish beard, and blue sparkling eyes. His nose was short and stubby with a scar across it from falling when he was a child. KenKenny had ten brothers, and sisters all who had grown up and moved out to cottages of their own. KenKenny lived under a huge Oak tree that was hundreds of years old.

 

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