Anyone who has ever played D & D knows this for sure Holy avenger, the mighty magic sword whose true power manifests only in the hands of a paladin. Where did the idea of the Paladin carrying a special sacred weapon appear as the first official material for the Forgotten Realms?
If it helps, I follow the Holy avenger back to the early editions of D & D, where it was presented only as a sign of a wider type: the holy sword, The first printed appearance of the holy sword I can find in AD & D 1e Supplement 1: Greyhawkwho the holy sword as if it were a class feature of the paladin:
Paladins with any form of "Holy Sword" are virtually immune to any kind of magic (see MONSTERS & TREASURE, MAGIC & TREASURE, Swords).
(See p. 8.) Two types of holy sword There they were offered holy sword +5 and the Sword of sharpness, (See pages 46-47.) In AD & D 1e, the DMG also described the Holy avenger (technically called "Sword, +5, Holy Avenger") as "a holy sword, "(See p. 165.) And the 1e PHB treated again holy sword like a class feature, but without describing the characteristics of the weapon itself:
When a Paladin has a "Holy Sword" (a special magic sword) which your referee knows and explains to you if necessary) he or she projects a circle of force with a diameter of 1 "when the Holy Sword is pulled out of the scabbard, which dissipates magic … at the level of magical use that corresponds to the level of experience of the Paladin.
(P.22, emphasis added) In 2e, the PHB (see pp. 27-28) did essentially the same thing. At least two 2e volumes specific to the realms are mentioned Holy avengers (though not holy swords):
Faiths & Avatars mentions Holy avengers in relation to both Characters with the Crusader Kit (p. 184) and the weapon worn by Torm's Avatar: "Duty's Bond, a massive one Two Handed Saint Avenger +5 with all the strength of one sun blade also "(p. 163).
Warriors and Priests of the Realms mentioned the Holy avengerbut, strangely, only in terms of evil crusader figurines. (See p. 64.)
Both Faiths & Avatars and Warriors and Priests of the Realms Show release dates 1996.
In the face of that Faiths & Avatars It is conceivable that a previously published realms novel Torm has portrayed in his mortal life as a paladin Duty's Bond or some like weapon.
Are these the earliest published references to Holy avengers (or holy swords) in the realms? Or is there an earlier origin, perhaps in a rulebook or an early novel?