Three boys are told at an early age they need to quest for the Sword of Indisputable Victory to rid the world of suffering at the hands of things other than the civilization’s own making. There were arguments over whether this would end natural disasters, death, and heart break. There was hope it would end rape, gender oppression and sexual orientation based hate crimes. It was nearly unanimously consented that the Monsters Who Ruled would be overthrown and humanity would at least have more options opened to it.
When asked how the Sword of Indisputable Victory worked, the boys were told vague answers. The sword would make its way known to each boy at the appropriate time, thought the priests. It’s a tough question admitted the optimistic existentialists. Are you the kind of boy who would investigate this opportunity or not, they would say. The cynics warned the boys they might want to learn how ordinary swords work and bring one of their own in case the Sword of Indisputable Victory was of questionable and unreliable quality.
The first boy went with faith to find the Sword. He swam for miles with a reed in his mouth. He distracted large beasts with raw flesh of antelope. He studied his holy book and dashed past the Monsters that guarded the Sword of Indisputable Victory. As they chased him, he ran up stone steps where the Sword sat blade down in a marble monumental scabbard. He wrenched the Sword from its bed and held it aloft for the power to work. Moments later he was cut down by arrows and axes and hammers. The Monsters cleaned the Sword and the Sword room and carefully put the Sword back in the pedestal.
The second boy went with curiosity to find the Sword. He questioned all manner of people on his journey. He documented his days and sent frequent letters by pigeon back so that his memory might be of value even if his life wasn’t. He made a submarine out of barrels and camouflaged it with leaves to get across the water. He snuck past the large beasts after hours of observing their characteristics. He stole into the Swordroom when the Monsters where on break and lifted the Sword from its pedestal. He held the Sword aloft to see what happened and nothing did. He swung it several ways to see if the powers were motion based. He chanted phrases in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish in case there was an incantation he had heard. When he slammed the sword against its stone, the Monsters became aware of his presence and cut him down before he could finish his experimentation. The Monsters cleaned the Sword and the Sword room and carefully put the Sword back in the pedestal.
The third boy went with a sense of futility prepared for the worst. He brought his own sword, bow and arrows. He had a master swordsman walk with him a ways as he learned the way of the sword and additionally the ways of the axe and the hammer. He did cardio for at least thirty minutes every day, ate minimal portions of food, and did plank position exercises as well to keep his body in alignment. Then he swung his sword for hours while walking, imagining he was cutting a Monster each time. He straight up swam the miles across the water. He flanked the beasts so that they were only in front of him and he cut them down. He threw urns and rocks in the halls of the Monsters and when they came to the sound he cut quickly and silently before the alarm could be sounded. He came to the Sword room and drew the sword as a team of Monsters followed quickly in after him. He hefted the Sword of Indisputable Victory once and then threw it at the first Monster. He drew his bow quickly on the next. The last of the Monsters he dispatched with his old reliable sword before retrieving the Sword of Indisputable Victory. Greatly outnumbered in the fortress of the Monsters he outran them all, jumped into the water and swam away.
The elders welcomed him with a hero’s welcome that day and spent years trying to figure out the sword. The Monsters slaughtered many villages in retaliation. In the chaos, evil men took evil liberties on good men and women and children. The boy grew to be a man and learned time after time that a sword without magic power solved very few problems and the Sword of Indisputable Victory was unusable. So he left on his own to find a new philosophy that might serve him better.