A silver sword in motion is a liquid thing, as much a weapon of the mind as a piece of metal in the hand.

Githyanki silver swords were weapons given to the knights and leaders of the githyanki race. They were powerful magical greatswords that came in two varieties, depending on the wielder's rank. Their most notable property was the ability to sever an individual's silver cord.[6][7][8]

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Allegedly based on the Silver Sword of Gith[9], every githyanki knight (warrior champions in service to the Lich Queen), was given one of these weapons once they achieved a sufficient level of power to will the blades into existence.[2] Leaders of githyanki communities carried even more powerful versions of the weapon that could cut the silver cords of those who had protected themselves from such attacks and were enchanted to increase the likelihood of decapitating an opponent[6][7].

History[edit | edit source]

Silver swords were originally designed to aid the githyanki in the fight for freedom from the mind flayers. For that reason, they were also capable of dealing damage to one's mind as well as physical damage.[2]

No owner of a silver sword would ever willingly allow a non-githyanki to hold their weapon.[6][7] If any silver sword found its way into the hands of a non-githyanki, elite squadrons of githyanki were sent by a furious Lich Queen to take it back at any cost.[2] If the squad sent failed to retrieve it, they would be executed.[6][7]

Reputation[edit | edit source]

It was believed by some sages that manufacturing a silver sword required a fragment of the Living Gate. The githyanki regularly searched for new fragments in secret expeditions across the Astral Plane. It was also believed that including the fragment in the construction of a silver sword provided it with the ability to resonate with its wielder in the case of an invasion from the Far Realm, which would explain the githyanki's efficiency in responding to any incursions.[10]

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Video Games
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (game)

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