The Sunsword is a unique blade that once opposed Strahd-it’s power was the power of Light, and Strahd feared it, though it’s whereabouts passed from general knowledge for quite some time. The Sunsword possesses powers accessible through a special bonding ritual. Once the powers are awakened, only the wielder bonded to the blade can call upon the abilities inherent to the weapon, abilities most suited to destroying undead.
Fearing the blade’s power, Strahd employed a powerful magician to destroy the Sunsword. The first part of the process required the hilt and the blade be separated, then destroyed simultaneously. When the blade was separated from the hilt, the blade took on the appearance of a normal bastard sword. However, before the hilt and blade were destroyed, the wizard’s assistant Gabriela stole the blade and fled Barovia.
Gabriela’s noble flight was successful in that she saved the unattached blade from destruction; however, she didn’t succeed in fleeing Barovia before some nameless menace beneath the dark boughs claimed her. Though Gabriela’s body was later found in the woods, not so the hilt or the blade of the Sunsword.
Holy Symbol of Ravenkind
The Holy Symbol of Revenkind is a unique holy symbol sacred to the good-hearted faithful of Barovia. It possesses powers that can only be accessed after the item is specially bonded to its wielder.
The Holy Symbol of Ravenkind actually predates the establishment of any church in Barovia, and its existence is thought to be a reason for the prevalence of the raven symbol in that land. It was first used by a paladin named Lugdana, who was among the earliest settlers of the valley.
According to legend, a giant celestial raven-or an angel in the form of a raven-delivered the Holy Symbol to Lugdana so she could use it to root out a next of vampires. To this day, vampires have a powerful loathing for the symbol and all it represents.
Lugdana finally met her end when she came into conflict with a band of witches at Lysaga Hill. The demon prince these witches worshiped, a fiend named Chernovog, stepped through a portal and battled the paladin for days, ranging all through the valley. Lugdana fell, but drove Chernovog back to the Abyss before dying. The Holy Symbol was lost for decades after that.