The enchantment was established in Ardion’s blood, and tied the dagger to him in such a way that it could never depart his grip without him willing it to do so. Furthermore, should he desire the dagger in his hand, it simply appeared there—and nothing could prevent this.
In addition to this powerful enchantment, the blade was imbued with magic channeled directly from the Essence of Evil with the express intent of destroying all that is good. This arcane energy is channeled into the small but powerful Blood Stone set into the blade.
The enchantment also enabled Ardion to step through time in such a way that his speed in combat was beyond comparison and his defense was all but impenetrable.
Ardion could wield the Vel’Shekmoah Tishar to invoke powerful dark magic, which he did in a campaign of terror that lasted three decades.
His evil remained unchecked until the Lady Sevani completed her First Quest and met him in individual combat. After destroying Ardion, she placed the Vel’Shekmoah Tishar within her vault encased in powerful wards.
—From a placard at the “Ardion and the Circle of Shekem” Display in the Museum of Arcane Arts; original inscription by Magister Truon
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