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| The Sword in the Stone|
|Start||Temple of Avo|
|End||Temple of Avo|
The Sword in the Stone is a side quest in Fable, Fable: The Lost Chapters, and Fable Anniversary. It is brought to your attention when reaching the Temple of Avo. There will be a group of men gathered at the top of the hill overlooking the temple, trying to free an ornate sword which is embedded in the rock. This is the Harbinger, the legendary longsword of Huw the Giant, and the object of the quest is to obtain it.
In order to remove the sword from its stone, your Hero must have upgraded physique, health, and toughness attributes. Specifically, after your first attempt to remove the sword, you must upgrade physique by five, health by two, and toughness by three. Unless these attributes are already maxed out, the sword will never come free on the first attempt.
The spectators will also tell you which stats need to be increased each time you attempt to remove the sword:
- Physique - You need some more 'fresh air and exercise'.
- Health - You better come back when you're more fit.
- Toughness - You're not tough enough.
To obtain the sword without spending a great deal of XP, don't train your Hero's strength attributes at all until you reach the Temple of Avo. This can make the early game difficult because your health bar will remain small, so look up the locations of all the Elixirs of Life available before reaching Witchwood (three in total). These will increase the size of your health bar without the need to spend XP.
- This quest was most likely inspired by the legend of King Arthur and the sword in the stone.