The Melanthir; sometimes called the "Guardian-Stones," were seven powerful artifacts created by the Council of Sorcerë and given to the seven champions of the West.

The Council of Sorcerë crafted the seven Melanthir as master work longswords, each encrusted with a pale blue gem in their hilts. The Council originally desired to give one Melanthir to each of the seven races of men, but the Vaas people were deemed unfit, so instead the race of Thann received two Melanthir.

In 1174/3, the Saar named and distributed the seven magical swords as follows:

1. FOEHAMMER was given to Iskari King Ilnavel Cyrenäe of Cyrendar
2. PEACEMAKER was given to Thalari King Algerd Marothë of Thalar
3. STORMBRINGER was given to Thannish King Rhodan Mallistäer of Rhodara
4. EQUALIZER was given to Thannish King Eldan Durethë of Eldara
5. GLOOMCHASER was given to the Amari King Edric Garigan of Amar
6. DARKSLAYER was given to Ralani King Athrenar Sanborn of Ralas
7. AVENGER was given to Rynnish King Eradan Myrnäe of Alveron

Over the centuries, wars and other conflicts caused four of the great swords to be lost.

First to be lost was PEACEMAKER, lost in 825/4 when the Thalari fortress of Sol-Kathad fell during the Storm of the North and King Edgerd Marothë III was slain.

Second to be lost was DARKSLAYER, lost when King Malenvar Sanborn III was lost at sea in 1244/4 during the Battle of Rastios; the sword going down with the king and his ship.

Third to be lost was EQUALIZER, lost in 1257/4 when King Hagar Durethë II of Eldara was slain in a Vilzari ambush and the weapon carried off to An-Khara as booty.

Fourth and last to be lost was AVENGER, lost in 625/5 when the young Rynnish king Elrovar Myrnäe III was slain by the Zûl at the Battle of Harkalad. Elrovar’s sword was carried off by the Zûl, and given to Sorimmar as a war prize.

The remaining three Melanthir swords continue to be wielded by champions of the West.

FOEHAMMER is currently in the possession of King Iskhanar Brevald II of Cyrendar

GLOOMCHASER is currently in the possession of King Ulric Escalon II of Ammarind

STORMBRINGER is currently in the possession of King Morgan Irazadi IV of Eldara