Legendary Sword Durandal ’Excalibur’ Vanishes
Tuesday 9th, July 2024
The ancient sword known as Durandal, a symbol of Rocamadour’s heritage for over a millennium, has vanished from its resting place, leaving the village in shock and disbelief. The sword, reputed to be indestructible, had been embedded in solid rock and is a relic of immense historical significance and local folklore.

Durandal's legendary history traces back to the age of chivalry. It was said to be wielded by the valiant knight Roland, a figure celebrated in French legend. The sword was a gift from the great emperor Charlemagne, reputed to possess the extraordinary ability to cleave boulders in two. According to legend, Charlemagne received the sword directly from celestial hands, adding to its divine mystique.

For centuries, Durandal had been lodged in a rock face, situated 10 metres above the ground in the picturesque clifftop village of Rocamadour. On an otherwise ordinary Monday, the sword’s absence was discovered, leading to a wave of concern and the initiation of a police inquiry.

Positioned high above the ground in a well-secured area, the question arises: how could such a heist have been executed? Despite numerous theories circulating within the community, no conclusive evidence has surfaced yet.

The local mayor expressed the collective sentiment of the village, stating, “Rocamadour feels stripped of a part of itself. Even if it is a legend, the destinies of our village and this sword are linked.”

The loss of Durandal is deeply felt by the villagers, as the sword was not only a historical artefact but also a cornerstone of Rocamadour’s identity. The investigation continues as authorities work to unravel the mystery behind the sword's disappearance, hoping to restore a vital piece of the village's soul.
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