— Lalibela to Gareth
In another account, in the Year of the Prince, 1357 DR, at a small, crystal-clear subterranean lake in the Deepearth region of the Underdark beneath Damara, the paladin encountered Lalibela, the demigoddess of nixies, who believed him to be of pure heart. Via telepathy, she bade him set aside his armor, weapons, and equipment, and walk across the lake. Rising out of the lake, she granted him Crusader, but spirited away his other weapons and tools before she sank back beneath the water. When this sword slew a major demon, it gained extra powers. Gareth would go on to fight with the weapon all through the Bloodstone Wars and his adventures around it.
Afterward, by 1359 DR, Gareth, now the Baron of Bloodstone Barony, was famed for riding out across the land atop his warhorse Glendan, espousing the cause of good with Crusader raised over his head.
The sword was described as "brilliant".
Furthermore, once a day each, it could heal the injured of all their wounds (as with heal); increase the wielder's strength (as with strength) when in combat against evil, and charm people on touch (as with charm person). These powers were gained the first time it was used to slay a major demon. Once a week, it could also be used to commune with Lalibela.
Crusader was an intelligent weapon, being able to communicate telepathically with its owner. It had the special purpose to slay demons, and while it wouldn't drive its wielder into reckless or suicidal actions, it loved its job. If its wielder fled from a demon once, it would howl in anguish. If they showed cowardice a second time, it would depart itself, teleporting back to Lalibela and abandoning its former owner to their fate.
An unnamed, standard holy avenger longsword is assigned to the Gareth Dragonsbane sample paladin character in Bloodstone Pass and The Mines of Bloodstone. However, in the "Lady of the Lake" optional scene in The Mines of Bloodstone, an enhanced holy avenger named Crusader is given to a paladin player by Lalibela, removing the player's former weapons and equipment in the process. In the later adventures (The Bloodstone Wars and The Throne of Bloodstone), sources (The Bloodstone Lands), and novels (Road of the Patriarch), Gareth has Crusader itself, implying this event happened the same way for him. For Gareth, it is unclear if Lalibela simply replaced one holy avenger for a better one, upgraded the existing holy avenger to Crusader, or if he never encountered Lalibela and his sword was granted and upgraded by other means.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson (1985). Bloodstone Pass. (TSR, Inc), pp. 13, Roster Book. ISBN 978-0394548562.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson (1986). The Mines of Bloodstone. (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 0-8803-8312-7.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson (1987). The Bloodstone Wars. (TSR, Inc), p. 30. ISBN 0-8803-8398-4.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson (1988). The Throne of Bloodstone. (TSR, Inc), p. 86. ISBN 0-8803-8560-X.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 R.A. Salvatore (1989). The Bloodstone Lands. Edited by Elizabeth T. Danforth. (TSR, Inc), p. 49. ISBN 0-88038-771-8.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 slade et al (November 1995). Encyclopedia Magica Volume IV. (TSR, Inc.), p. 1353. ISBN 0-7869-0289-2.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson (1986). The Mines of Bloodstone. (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 0-8803-8312-7.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 R.A. Salvatore (July 2007). Road of the Patriarch (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 207. ISBN 978-0-7869-4277-0.
- ↑ R.A. Salvatore (July 2007). Road of the Patriarch (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 257. ISBN 978-0-7869-4277-0.