When the Catuvellauni king Cassivellaunus rallied the Britons against the Roman invasion led by Julius Caesar, he wielded a precious steel sword forged from British ore by Roman smiths, called Caledfwlch, or “Battle-Notch.” It became a symbol of resistance until Cassivellaunus’s defeat, when he surrendered it along with himself to the Roman general. Generations later, the Emperor Claudius had the sword returned to Britain when the empire finally returned to conquer the island, where it sat in a temple in Camulodunum dedicated to his victory. In 61, the Iceni queen Boudicca revolted against the Romans and sacked Camulodunum. She made the sword an offering to her goddess of victory, Andraste, by casting it into a lake.
Generations later, the sword reappeared in a bear’s den outside Venta Icenorum, where it was recovered by Owain Rheged, Titus Drustanus, Peredur, Caius Hectorius, and Bedwyr, who presented it to Arthur Pendragon, who used it to defeat the Anglian King Icel in a duel for the fate of Icenia, and went on to wield it as a symbol of British unity once again.
“If a well-born man drew it himself, it burst into flame from its hilt to its tip.”
The “flame” here is the sword’s history, notoriety, and fame. Like flame, it is powerful, hot, and dangerous. It burns bright, attracting anyone who can see it. In the hands of a “well-born man,” it can attract loyal followers, but it can just as easily attract jealous rivals eager to seize the blade by whatever means necessary.
When you possess Caliburn and succeed on an overcome roll with Lead, you gain a boost. When you succeed with style you can place a full situation aspect on yourself or the scene.