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9th Sep '16 7:27:19 PM Dvandemon
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* In Series/Warehouse13 the sword is relegated to a rare minor role in one episode's ColdOpen of Agents Latimer and Bering just finishing a case retrieving it. The sword is forged of a rare metal that reacts with the equally rare metals in the stone to become intangible, a fact Arthur exploited in a stunt to become King.
4th Sep '16 9:41:11 PM Quing
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4th Sep '16 8:19:53 PM SpitbreakFTW
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', Excalibur is the relic sword, usable by Paladins. King Arthur's dagger, Carnwenhan, is the mythic dagger for Bards.



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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', the Aegis shield (Zeus's shield, occasionally on loan to Athena, in the mythology) is the Relic shield for Paladins.
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', the [[SpellMyNameWithAnS "Amanomurakumo"]] is the Relic 'Great Katana' (two-handed katanas distinct from the one-handed ones Ninja use that more resemble wakizashi) that Samurai can equip. Interestingly, its model isn't similar to that of most Great Katana (which is the usual long, curved, single-edged blade usually associated with katanas), but a likely more accurate model of a straight, double-edged blade.



** The Masamune is the Empyrean Great Katana in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''




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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' the Mjollnir is the relic weapon for White Mages, of all jobs. Gungnir is the relic weapon for Dragoon's, which lets you use the weapons skill "Geirskögul," which was a Valkyrie in Norse Mythology. Ragnarok was the Great Sword relic weapon, usable by Warriors, Paladins, and Dark Knights. The Bard's relic ''musical instrument'' was the Heimdall's Gjallarhorn. A Black Mage's mythic weapon was Laevateinn, a more obscure Norse artifact. FFXI kind of loves this trope.
3rd Sep '16 11:09:19 AM Morgenthaler
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The Lance of Longinus / Spear of Destiny / Holy Lance / Spear of Longinus / Spear of Christ / Holy Spear: The spear which supposedly pierced Jesus' side during the crucifixion, reputed to have all kinds of crazy powers ranging from healing to the ability to destroy the whole world in one shot. Three known items are sometimes claimed to be the Holy Lance; one resides in the Vatican, one in the Hofburg Museum in Vienna (part of the crown regalia of the HolyRomanEmpire, moved from Nuremberg during the Napoleonic Wars) and one in Krakow, Poland. The Catholic Church has made no statements as to the authenticity of any of them -- perhaps wisely as the latter two have been shown by recent research to be of a later origin. Almost any work of fiction dealing with [[ThoseWackyNazis The Nazis']] [[StupidJetpackHitler top secret paranormal experiments and superweapons]] will mention the Spear at some point, since Hitler actually tried to acquire it (for the propaganda value -- he was very much a skeptic when it came to the occult.)

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The Lance of Longinus / Spear of Destiny / Holy Lance / Spear of Longinus / Spear of Christ / Holy Spear: The spear which supposedly pierced Jesus' side during the crucifixion, reputed to have all kinds of crazy powers ranging from healing to the ability to destroy the whole world in one shot. Three known items are sometimes claimed to be the Holy Lance; one resides in the Vatican, one in the Hofburg Museum in Vienna (part of the crown regalia of the HolyRomanEmpire, UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire, moved from Nuremberg during the Napoleonic Wars) and one in Krakow, Poland. The Catholic Church has made no statements as to the authenticity of any of them -- perhaps wisely as the latter two have been shown by recent research to be of a later origin. Almost any work of fiction dealing with [[ThoseWackyNazis The Nazis']] [[StupidJetpackHitler top secret paranormal experiments and superweapons]] will mention the Spear at some point, since Hitler actually tried to acquire it (for the propaganda value -- he was very much a skeptic when it came to the occult.)



* The Vienna lance was famously carried by Otto the Great when he defeated the Hungarians in the battle of Lechfeld (955). According to urban myth it inspired a vision of destiny in a young UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, and when Austria was annexed he had the lance removed to Berlin. However, in reality Hitler had it moved not to Berlin, but to Nuremberg, along with the other crown regalia of the HolyRomanEmpire. Nuremberg had held the privilege of safeguarding the crown regalia between coronations until the Napoleonic Wars; it also was the city where Hitler held his party rallies.

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* The Vienna lance was famously carried by Otto the Great when he defeated the Hungarians in the battle of Lechfeld (955). According to urban myth it inspired a vision of destiny in a young UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, and when Austria was annexed he had the lance removed to Berlin. However, in reality Hitler had it moved not to Berlin, but to Nuremberg, along with the other crown regalia of the HolyRomanEmpire.UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire. Nuremberg had held the privilege of safeguarding the crown regalia between coronations until the Napoleonic Wars; it also was the city where Hitler held his party rallies.
2nd Sep '16 12:16:54 PM Snarf
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* ''Kusunagi'' is the titular blade in the Literature/{{Emberverse}} novel ''The Desert and the Blade''. [[spoiler: The story reveals that ''Kusunagi'' was purchased illegally by an American GI in the aftermath of WorldWarII and ended up in North America. ''Kusunagi'' has powers similar to that of the Sword of the Lady which figured prominently in earlier books in the series. However, it can only be wielded by a legitimate heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne.]] Unlike many depictions, ''Kusunagi'' is depicted in a form appropriate to its era in Japanese history.

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* ''Kusunagi'' is the titular blade in the Literature/{{Emberverse}} novel ''The Desert and the Blade''. [[spoiler: The story reveals that ''Kusunagi'' was purchased illegally by an American GI in the aftermath of WorldWarII and ended up in North America. ''Kusunagi'' has powers similar to that those of the Sword of the Lady which figured prominently in earlier books in the series. However, it can only be wielded by a legitimate heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne.]] Unlike many depictions, ''Kusunagi'' is depicted in a form appropriate to its era in Japanese history.
2nd Sep '16 12:12:22 PM Snarf
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* ''Kusunagi'' is the titular blade in the Literature/Emberverse novel ''The Desert and the Blade''. [[spoiler: The story reveals that ''Kusunagi'' was purchased illegally by an American GI in the aftermath of WorldWarII and ended up in North America. ''Kusunagi'' has powers similar to that of the Sword of the Lady which figured prominently in earlier books in the series. However, it can only be wielded by a legitimate heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne.]] Unlike many depictions, ''Kusunagi'' is depicted in a form appropriate to its era in Japanese history.

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* ''Kusunagi'' is the titular blade in the Literature/Emberverse Literature/{{Emberverse}} novel ''The Desert and the Blade''. [[spoiler: The story reveals that ''Kusunagi'' was purchased illegally by an American GI in the aftermath of WorldWarII and ended up in North America. ''Kusunagi'' has powers similar to that of the Sword of the Lady which figured prominently in earlier books in the series. However, it can only be wielded by a legitimate heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne.]] Unlike many depictions, ''Kusunagi'' is depicted in a form appropriate to its era in Japanese history.
2nd Sep '16 12:10:16 PM Snarf
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* ''Kusunagi'' is the titular blade in the Literature/Emberverse novel ''The Desert and the Blade''. [[spoiler: The story reveals that ''Kusunagi'' was purchased illegally by an American GI in the aftermath of WorldWarII and ended up in North America. ''Kusunagi'' has powers similar to that of the Sword of the Lady which figured prominently in earlier books in the series. However, it can only be wielded by a legitimate heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne.]] Unlike many depictions, ''Kusunagi'' is depicted in a form appropriate to its era in Japanese history.
12th Aug '16 8:29:44 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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Durandal -- Sword of the Hero Roland, knight of Charlemagne, as well as Hector of Troy. Supposedly he threw it into a "poisoned stream" in order to protect it from the Saracens; this seems to have occasionally given it a "Darkness" element in fiction and games. It could also be associated with evil or [[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} insanity]]. [[Creator/{{Bungie}} One game studio]] has not only used it, but also the inscription on Ogier the Dane's sword Curtana, which read My name is [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} Cortana]], of the same steel and temper as Joyeuse and [[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} Durendal]]. In ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' Durandal ''is'' Excalibur, having been stolen by Orlando/Roland and renamed to not arouse suspicion (because even he knows it was kind of a dick thing to do).

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Durandal -- Sword of the Hero Roland, knight of Charlemagne, as well as Hector of Troy. Supposedly he threw it into a "poisoned stream" in order to protect it from the Saracens; this seems to have occasionally given it a "Darkness" element in fiction and games. It could also be associated with evil or [[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} insanity]]. [[Creator/{{Bungie}} One game studio]] has not only used it, but also the inscription on Ogier the Dane's sword Curtana, which read My name is [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Cortana]], of the same steel and temper as Joyeuse and [[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} Durendal]]. In ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' Durandal ''is'' Excalibur, having been stolen by Orlando/Roland and renamed to not arouse suspicion (because even he knows it was kind of a dick thing to do).



* Yet another ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' example: the MJOLNIR PoweredArmor worn by the Master Chief and other Spartan {{Super Soldier}}s.

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* Yet another ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' example: the MJOLNIR PoweredArmor worn by the Master Chief and other Spartan {{Super Soldier}}s.
8th Aug '16 10:44:26 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Yet another ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' example: the MJOLNIR PoweredArmor worn by the hero and other Spartan {{Super Soldier}}s.

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* Yet another ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' example: the MJOLNIR PoweredArmor worn by the hero Master Chief and other Spartan {{Super Soldier}}s.
8th Aug '16 10:44:04 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Yet another ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' example: the MJOLNIR Mk. V / Mk. VI PoweredArmor worn by the hero and other SPARTAN-II graduates.

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* Yet another ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' example: the MJOLNIR Mk. V / Mk. VI PoweredArmor worn by the hero and other SPARTAN-II graduates.Spartan {{Super Soldier}}s.
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