Depending on who you ask in Tekralh, crippled Volund is either the god of blacksmiths and swordmakers or he was a legendary craftsman from before The Age Of Elves who forged (or improved) the seven, mightiest, magical blades in Tekralh. Some would even claim that he was actually a magical Elf lord!
Of course it is also said that the witch Naja created The Sword Of Ura, The Last Empress of The Starlight Empire ordered the crafting of Tolivar's Bane, that the sea-god Triton made the blade that bears his name - The Sword Of Triton - and The Mindsword was forged by Troll-smiths... so who really knows?
There is no doubt, however, over the provenance of the Sword Of Unicorn, Albion and the mightiest of all swords, Caliburn; these bear the indisputable hallmarks of the greatest swordsmith to ever walk the Erph.
(from Robin Of Sherwood)
Like The Sword Of Ura, Albion is surprisingly light-weight for its size but its magical properties manifest itself in different ways, depending on who is holding it.
In the hands of someone skilled in the use of magic (remember all magicians cause one less point of damage with swords) it is merely a +1 sword (to hit and damage). However, when held up before the mage's face and used as a focus for his spells, the effects of the spell are doubled (be it range, damage, duration etc).
In the hands of a skilled fighter (e.g. a warrior, barbarian or thief), Albion allows two attacks for every one the wielder is normally granted. Both these attacks are at +4 to hit and +2 damage; however one of these attacks can be 'traded' for a parry which instead grants the swordsman at +4 bonus to defence.
Again, like Ura, it is also a symbol, an emblem of hope. Whoever wields it will - in battle situations only - gain a temporary +8 boost to his CHA and troops, on his side and that he is commanding, within 500ft will NEVER fail a morale check, suffer from fear, rout etc as long as the sword is drawn and the wielder is still alive and on his feet.
Albion was originally crafted for a Teklish figurehead known as "Herne's Son", a champion and protector of the people selected by the nature god (or his priesthood). The oghram runes on the blade read: "Herne's son is my master, I cannot slay him". Should the sword be used by someone to try and strike down this nominated hero then that person will instead find his muscles locking up in a painful spasm (5d6 vs WIS+LVL or drop the sword and collapse in a heap on the floor for 2d6 rounds) and, even if he can stay on his feet, he won't be able to move the sword towards "Herne's Son".
On occasion (at the DM's discretion, no more than once every two or three game sessions), the sword grants its owner visions of the short-term future. This can take the form of alerting him to ambushes or letting him know when someone important to him is in trouble. These visions are at the "whim" of the sword and the wielder has no control over them.
As a longsword its base damage is 1d8.
The mightiest and most famous of Volund's creations, Caliburn is the signature sword of the rightful king of Tekralh and it is the ultimate act of treason for any other soul to use the blade.
For all its fame the exact nature of its powers remain shrouded in mystery. It is said to make the king unbeatable in combat and/or immune to all wounds. Beyond that it is even claimed that the sword brings (relative) peace and stability to the land, guarantees good harvests, affords great martial prowess on the king's armies etc
The sword first came to prominence when Lud used it to unite the Teklish warlords under his banner and declare himself the first sole ruler of all of Tekralh.
It remained in the hands of the Teklish kings until the arrival of the Valyards 150 years ago. Somehow they persuaded a Teklish rogue to steal Caliburn from the tent of then-king (and notorious drunkard) Arturus on the eve of the Battle of Bahden Pass.
Since that overwhelming victory by the invaders, Caliburn has been in the possession of the Valyard kings of Tekralh.