Varda was forged by Rhunon, who was persuaded by the young rider Zann to make a Rider's blade for him. It is silver, like Zann's dragon Parmenion. Varda is exactly 5 feet long and classified as a greatsword, despite it's hand-and-a-half style.
The sword has a simple silver crystal as the pommel.
Varda is a word in the ancient language meaning "guard."