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4th Dec '17 7:41:02 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' Brunhilda [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4893633/ did this]] at the end of the Squirrel Wars portion of the CrossoverWars. While she didn't actually hit her target it did work out on the next page.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' Brunhilda [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4893633/ did this]] at the end of the Squirrel Wars portion of the CrossoverWars.Webcomic/CrossoverWars. While she didn't actually hit her target it did work out on the next page.
18th Nov '17 12:57:08 PM mystery_kcad
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* In [=OneyNG=]'s ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' parody [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDqea9cWOn4 "Pointy Bits"]], Cloud throws his sword at a boss...and doesn't even come close to hitting him. The party is then one-shot.
9th Nov '17 10:20:42 AM xcountryguy
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* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Tasuki hurls a sword at Nakago, who was gloating at him, but misses. [[spoiler: However, he ''does'' manage to kill Soi, which pisses Nakago off]].

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* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Tasuki hurls a sword at Nakago, who was gloating at him, but misses. [[spoiler: However, [[spoiler:However, he ''does'' manage to kill Soi, which pisses Nakago off]].



* The guardians of the WorldTree do this in the Fairy Dance arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', leading to a dramatic scene in which [[spoiler: Kirito]] is impaled on multiple swords. Possibly justified in that they are magic using video game enemies.

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* The guardians of the WorldTree do this in the Fairy Dance arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', leading to a dramatic scene in which [[spoiler: Kirito]] [[spoiler:Kirito]] is impaled on multiple swords. Possibly justified in that they are magic using video game enemies.



** His son, Harry, proves that it's InTheBlood by throwing a sword into a training dummy, with one friend later noting that Harry has a remarkably good eye. Though it is subverted by how Harry looks noticeably relieved that it worked and the later reveal that [[spoiler: he's a very powerful telekinetic.]]

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** His son, Harry, proves that it's InTheBlood by throwing a sword into a training dummy, with one friend later noting that Harry has a remarkably good eye. Though it is subverted by how Harry looks noticeably relieved that it worked and the later reveal that [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's a very powerful telekinetic.]]



* Subverted in the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', during the FinalBattle of the [[BadFuture Dark World Series]]. [[EleventhHourRanger Minty Pie]] announces her arrival on the scene by throwing her CoolSword at [[spoiler: [[TrueFinalBoss Nightmare Paradox]]]]... only for it to bounce harmlessly off her target's armor.

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* Subverted in the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', during the FinalBattle of the [[BadFuture Dark World Series]]. [[EleventhHourRanger Minty Pie]] announces her arrival on the scene by throwing her CoolSword at [[spoiler: [[TrueFinalBoss [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss Nightmare Paradox]]]]... only for it to bounce harmlessly off her target's armor.



* At the tag end of ''Prayers for the Assassin'', Rakkim kills [[spoiler:Darwin]] by throwing his Fedayeen knife, something that he was expressly forbidden to do during his TrainingFromHell. Justified in that [[spoiler: his opponent had received the same training]] and so an off-the-wall move was the only way to kill him.

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* At the tag end of ''Prayers for the Assassin'', Rakkim kills [[spoiler:Darwin]] by throwing his Fedayeen knife, something that he was expressly forbidden to do during his TrainingFromHell. Justified in that [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his opponent had received the same training]] and so an off-the-wall move was the only way to kill him.



* In ''Dark Prison'', [[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa]] does this with his [[{{BFS}} Granworm Sword]] to aim at Monica [[spoiler: but activates the teleporter at the last minute and hits Luozorl, killing him]].

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* In ''Dark Prison'', [[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa]] does this with his [[{{BFS}} Granworm Sword]] to aim at Monica [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but activates the teleporter at the last minute and hits Luozorl, killing him]].



** One of Nero's most badass moments in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' occurs in the cutscene after the final showdown with [[spoiler: Sanctus]], when he hurls Yamato in the direction of the BigBad as he's about to kill Kyrie, and then [[spoiler: uses his Devil Bringer hand to grab the sword in midair and Hookshot himself over to him, slice through the membrane holding Kyrie, reverse the blade and run Sanctus through with an OffhandBackhand, and then catch Kyrie on the rebound]]. However, this could be counted as a subversion since [[spoiler: the sword isn't thrown offensively, but as a distraction and to free up his [[RedRightHand Devil Bringer]]]].

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** One of Nero's most badass moments in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' occurs in the cutscene after the final showdown with [[spoiler: Sanctus]], [[spoiler:Sanctus]], when he hurls Yamato in the direction of the BigBad as he's about to kill Kyrie, and then [[spoiler: uses [[spoiler:uses his Devil Bringer hand to grab the sword in midair and Hookshot himself over to him, slice through the membrane holding Kyrie, reverse the blade and run Sanctus through with an OffhandBackhand, and then catch Kyrie on the rebound]]. However, this could be counted as a subversion since [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the sword isn't thrown offensively, but as a distraction and to free up his [[RedRightHand Devil Bringer]]]].



** It's subverted at the end of ''Devil May Cry 2'', [[spoiler: when Dante sends his sword flying through the air, shoots The Despair Embodied through the head, and the demon disperses on the spot where the sword falls a few seconds later]].

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** It's subverted at the end of ''Devil May Cry 2'', [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Dante sends his sword flying through the air, shoots The Despair Embodied through the head, and the demon disperses on the spot where the sword falls a few seconds later]].



* The 2000s version of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates'' does this every time you win a duel with an enemy captain. The player character backs the enemy to the stern of the ship, throws his sword... and misses. The enemy captain starts to advance, [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt only for the hero to smirk as the bundle of crates held by the rope he just cut knocks the captain off the ship]]. When you get to the last few Famous Pirates, they'll notice the crates and duck, only to get hit by them anyway on the return swing. The last famous pirate will jump on the crate, swing his sword over his head in triumph...[[WhatAnIdiot and sever the rope himself]].

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* The 2000s version of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates'' does this every time you win a duel with an enemy captain. The player character backs the enemy to the stern of the ship, throws his sword... and misses. The enemy captain starts to advance, [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt only for the hero to smirk as the bundle of crates held by the rope he just cut knocks the captain off the ship]]. When you get to the last few Famous Pirates, they'll notice the crates and duck, only to get hit by them anyway on the return swing. The last famous pirate will jump on the crate, swing his sword over his head in triumph... [[WhatAnIdiot and sever the rope himself]].



* In ''VideoGame/ColossalCave'', this is the only way to destroy [[spoiler: the ogre. Attack it with the axe, or by hitting it with your sword? You die]].

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* In ''VideoGame/ColossalCave'', this is the only way to destroy [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the ogre. Attack it with the axe, or by hitting it with your sword? You die]].



* Several characters do this with lightsabers in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed''. The second game has a scene where [[spoiler: Darth Vader throws his lightsaber at Starkiller, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome but Starkiller catches it and throws it back, severing Vader's hand]]]].

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* Several characters do this with lightsabers in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed''. The second game has a scene where [[spoiler: Darth [[spoiler:Darth Vader throws his lightsaber at Starkiller, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome but Starkiller catches it and throws it back, severing Vader's hand]]]].



* In ''VideoGame/RealmsOfTheHaunting'' [[spoiler: as part of the good ending of the game, Aelf will throw his weapon and successfully impale Florentine without breaking the last seal he wears as a necklace, provided the player has chosen the right conversation tree during the final showdown in the Chamber of the Soulstone. Sensibly, Aelf throws his sword like a spear, rather than the typical overhead hurl]].

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* In ''VideoGame/RealmsOfTheHaunting'' [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as part of the good ending of the game, Aelf will throw his weapon and successfully impale Florentine without breaking the last seal he wears as a necklace, provided the player has chosen the right conversation tree during the final showdown in the Chamber of the Soulstone. Sensibly, Aelf throws his sword like a spear, rather than the typical overhead hurl]].



** ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Servant Archer's favoured pair of Chinese ''dao'' that possess a yin/yang quality which works like magnetism, always drawing the opposite sword back to it. If he throws them to the sides of an opponent, they'll pull themselves to cut it. This is the basis of his [[FinishingMove Crane Wing Three Realm]], which uses three different pairs of Kanshou and Bakuya, the first two purposely blocked [[BatmanGambit until the third comes out for a finishing blow since the enemy is unable to keep up.]] [[spoiler: Too bad we only see Shirou use in an a bad ending LastStand against Saber Alter in Heaven's Feel]]. Archer is also capable of circumventing the main flaw in this tactic, due to his ability to instantly summon his blades back to his hands if he's ever disarmed [[spoiler:(or, in reality, just project a new identical pair of swords)]].

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** ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Servant Archer's favoured pair of Chinese ''dao'' that possess a yin/yang quality which works like magnetism, always drawing the opposite sword back to it. If he throws them to the sides of an opponent, they'll pull themselves to cut it. This is the basis of his [[FinishingMove Crane Wing Three Realm]], which uses three different pairs of Kanshou and Bakuya, the first two purposely blocked [[BatmanGambit until the third comes out for a finishing blow since the enemy is unable to keep up.]] [[spoiler: Too [[spoiler:Too bad we only see Shirou use in an a bad ending LastStand against Saber Alter in Heaven's Feel]]. Archer is also capable of circumventing the main flaw in this tactic, due to his ability to instantly summon his blades back to his hands if he's ever disarmed [[spoiler:(or, in reality, just project a new identical pair of swords)]].



* In ''Webcomic/{{Vattu}}'', the first hunter of Vattu's tribe [[spoiler: is killed by such an attack]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Vattu}}'', the first hunter of Vattu's tribe [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is killed by such an attack]]



* In ''VideoGame/PeasantsQuest'' the only way to get 100% completion is to throw your sword at Trogdor the Burninator while he's sleeping (approaching him simply wakes him up). [[spoiler: It connects, but he's invincible and simply [[ShootTheShaggyDog kills you anyway]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/PeasantsQuest'' the only way to get 100% completion is to throw your sword at Trogdor the Burninator while he's sleeping (approaching him simply wakes him up). [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It connects, but he's invincible and simply [[ShootTheShaggyDog kills you anyway]].]]



* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' features the Throw Lightsaber power. On the one hand it's Force-neutral, so it's one of the few ranged attacking Force powers a Light-Sider can use without penalty; it can hit multiple targets at once in its upgraded form; and it's one of the only ways to break [[spoiler: the captured Jedi in the final battle]]. On the other hand, it's rather weak in terms of overall damage output, while using the power with a double-bladed saber or single blade leaves you unable to deflect ranged attacks that turn. And that's just in the ''first game''. In ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords The Sith Lords]]'', the Exile's godlike Force point totals and regeneration allow you to easily toss around Force Storm and other powerful area-effect Force Powers despite possible alignment penalties, making Throw Lightsaber completely useless.

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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' features the Throw Lightsaber power. On the one hand it's Force-neutral, so it's one of the few ranged attacking Force powers a Light-Sider can use without penalty; it can hit multiple targets at once in its upgraded form; and it's one of the only ways to break [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the captured Jedi in the final battle]]. On the other hand, it's rather weak in terms of overall damage output, while using the power with a double-bladed saber or single blade leaves you unable to deflect ranged attacks that turn. And that's just in the ''first game''. In ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords The Sith Lords]]'', the Exile's godlike Force point totals and regeneration allow you to easily toss around Force Storm and other powerful area-effect Force Powers despite possible alignment penalties, making Throw Lightsaber completely useless.



* Subverted in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue Revelation''. Oh, sure, the knife lands pointy-end in, and it was a desperation attack, but all it did was break the invisibility unit. Subverted again in Season 10 when [[spoiler: the Unnamed Blue Soldier in episode 10 tries to throw a tomahawk back at the two Turret soldiers and it skids to the floor in front of them.]]
** Played with in Season 14, Episode 11. [[spoiler: Felix]] throws a knife at an incoming henchman, but it hits the henchman with the handle end. Fortunately, this is enough to [[RailingKill knock the henchman over a railing behind him, sending him falling to his death.]]

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* Subverted in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue Revelation''. Oh, sure, the knife lands pointy-end in, and it was a desperation attack, but all it did was break the invisibility unit. Subverted again in Season 10 when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Unnamed Blue Soldier in episode 10 tries to throw a tomahawk back at the two Turret soldiers and it skids to the floor in front of them.]]
** Played with in Season 14, Episode 11. [[spoiler: Felix]] [[spoiler:Felix]] throws a knife at an incoming henchman, but it hits the henchman with the handle end. Fortunately, this is enough to [[RailingKill knock the henchman over a railing behind him, sending him falling to his death.]]



* Attempted by Scanlan of WebVideo/CriticalRole, hurling his legendary sword Mythcarver at a distant foe in a clutch moment to rescue one of his friends. The dice do not fall in his favor [[spoiler: and the enemy, Dr. Anna Ripley, kills Percy on her next turn]].

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* Attempted by Scanlan of WebVideo/CriticalRole, hurling his legendary sword Mythcarver at a distant foe in a clutch moment to rescue one of his friends. The dice do not fall in his favor [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the enemy, Dr. Anna Ripley, kills Percy on her next turn]].
24th Oct '17 6:35:06 PM Hylarn
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* In Gladiatoria manuscript, MS Germ.Quart.16, page 7r, armour fighting with spear. ''Note the twelfth play. If you want to [[MemeticMutation end him rightly]] (?), [[http://wiktenauer.com/images/3/36/MS_Germ.Quart.16_7r.jpg hold your spear and sword together on your arm, unscrew the pommel of your sword and throw it at him vigorously.]] Close in with the throw and use your sword or spear, whatever suits you best. When he throws his pommel at you, keep your buckler close to you and watch out for the throw. Hold your spear in your right hand and prepare to thrust, to stop him from closing in if it is his intention.''[[note]]Since this move is AwesomeButImpractical to the highest degree, modern experts are unsure whether it's supposed to be a taunt used at the end of a duel, the manuscript writer being a {{Troll}}, a reference to some sort of now-lost meme or in-joke, or an unusual method of copyright.[[/note]]

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* In Gladiatoria manuscript, MS Germ.Quart.16, page 7r, armour fighting with spear. ''Note the twelfth play. If you want to [[MemeticMutation end him rightly]] (?), [[http://wiktenauer.com/images/3/36/MS_Germ.Quart.16_7r.jpg [[https://imgur.com/gallery/UCwYi hold your spear and sword together on your arm, unscrew the pommel of your sword and throw it at him vigorously.]] Close in with the throw and use your sword or spear, whatever suits you best. When he throws his pommel at you, keep your buckler close to you and watch out for the throw. Hold your spear in your right hand and prepare to thrust, to stop him from closing in if it is his intention.''[[note]]Since this move is AwesomeButImpractical to the highest degree, modern experts are unsure whether it's supposed to be a taunt used at the end of a duel, the manuscript writer being a {{Troll}}, a reference to some sort of now-lost meme or in-joke, or an unusual method of copyright.[[/note]]
24th Oct '17 6:26:09 PM Hylarn
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* Tetsuya Tsurugi from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' sometimes uses his robot's sword like a spear (the first time he used that move was in his first appearance!). However, he holds it overhead like if it was a real spear when he does that, so it may seem more verosimile.

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* Tetsuya Tsurugi from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' sometimes uses his robot's sword like a spear (the first time he used that move was in his first appearance!). However, he holds it overhead like if it was a real spear when he does that, so it may seem more verosimile.plausible than usual.
16th Oct '17 7:58:40 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' had this in an in-game novel about the Nordic legend of the snow king. The titular Falmer has [[OneManArmy proceeded to cut through hundreds of Nords like a hot knife through snow]], but when he kills a little girl's father, she decides to take a potshot at him with her father's sword. Sure enough, it works.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' had this ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' backstory has an example in an in-game novel about the Nordic legend Snow Prince. During the late Merethic Era, the ancient [[BarbarianTribe Atmorans]] ({{Precursors}} of the snow king. The titular modern [[HornyVikings Nords]]) went to war with Skyrim's native [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer has (Snow Elves)]] after the Falmer sacked and slaughtered the Atmoran colony of Saarthal in Skyrim, with the Atmorans going so far as to [[FinalSolution attempt to drive the Falmer to extinction]]. After nearly wiping them out on the mainland, the Atmorans pursued the remaining Falmer to the barren, frozen island of Solstheim. During the Falmer's LastStand at the Battle of the Moesring, an individual known only as the [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Snow Prince]] [[OneManArmy proceeded to cut through hundreds single-handedly]] turned the tide of Nords like the battle, [[HeroKiller killing many prominent Atmoran heroes]] in the process. However, the daughter of one of the slain warriors threw her mother's sword in grief and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled]] the Snow Prince, killing him. Unlike the remains of his fellow Falmer, which were burned as per Atmoran tradition, the Snow Prince was considered a hot knife through snow]], but when he kills a little girl's father, she decides to take a potshot at him WorthyOpponent and was buried with her father's sword. Sure enough, it works.full honors befitting any great warrior, with guards even stationed at his tomb, which would one day become Jolgeirr Barrow.
3rd Oct '17 11:22:02 PM Captain_Barbarossa
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* This trope shows up a few times throughout the ''{{Literature/Dwarves}}'' series. Boïndil Doubleblade from the Clan of the Swinging Axes however is very much of the opinion that throwing your weapon is a stupid idea unless you have a spare weapon with you, and he keeps getting annoyed that people around him keep throwing theirs away any time it seems dramatic.
2nd Oct '17 1:14:54 PM Victoire
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* Happens several times in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2''.
** Geralt has a group finisher where he kills three human enemies by throwing his steel sword on the first, his silver sword on the second, and killing the third one in close combat. He also has a finisher against harpies where he throws his silver sword and it stabs the harpy in mid-air, killing it.
** Roche also manages to kill an enemy soldier via thrown sword in a cutscene. In another cutscene Geralt do so.

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* Happens several times in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2''.
Near the end of the Prologue of ''TheWitcher'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM6OsReZN1o&t=45s Geralt throws the rusty training sword he's been using at the Professor]] as the latter escapes through a portal after [[spoiler:killing Leo and stealing the secrets of witcher mutations.]] This trope is averted as the portal closes before Geralt's sword reaches it, letting the Professor escape alive.
** In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2'', Geralt has a group finisher where he kills three human enemies by throwing his steel sword on the first, his silver sword on the second, and killing the third one in close combat. He also has a finisher against harpies where he throws his silver sword and it stabs the harpy in mid-air, killing it.
** Also in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2'', Roche also manages to kill an enemy soldier via thrown sword in a cutscene. In another cutscene Geralt do so.does the same.
** In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3'', while [[spoiler:fighting the Crones, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL1PbvpN2nI&t=5m16s Ciri attempts to finish off Weavess like this]], but the witch dissolves into a murder of crows right before the blade hits her]]. In the epilogue to one of the endings, Geralt tries the same thing and succeeds.
** Interestingly enough, each of those examples have characters throw their swords either in the end-over-end or in the boomerang fashion. [[Franchise/TheWitcher In the books]], meanwhile, while both Cahir and Geralt can be seen throwing their sword to reach a distant target, [[ShownTheirWork the narration makes it clear]] both times that they throw their sword straight, like a javelin.



* Near the end of the Prologue of ''TheWitcher'', Geralt throws the rusty training sword he's been using at the Professor as the latter escapes through a portal after [[spoiler:killing Leo and stealing the secrets of witcher mutations.]] This trope is averted as the portal closes before Geralt's sword reaches it, letting the Professor escape alive.
12th Sep '17 1:51:44 AM gravious
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* In the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Slaves of the Abyss'', you actually have to learn this skill from a master swordsman in order to use it. [[ChekhovsSkill It becomes a very useful skill at a crucial point later in the story.]]
7th Sep '17 4:50:45 PM Bissek
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* This is the explicit magical property of Farslayer, one of the swords from the ''Literature/TalesOfSwords'' series. Sort of. Yes, you activate the magic by throwing Farslayer, but you don't have to throw it at the intended victim, or indeed be in the same country as said victim. It just performs a nigh-unblockable {{telefrag}}. No, it doesn't return. Yes, the victim's relatives now have Farslayer. Oops.

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* This is the explicit magical property of Farslayer, one of the swords from the ''Literature/TalesOfSwords'' ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' series. Sort of. Yes, you activate the magic by throwing Farslayer, but you don't have to throw it at the intended victim, or indeed be in the same country as said victim. It just performs a nigh-unblockable {{telefrag}}. No, it doesn't return. Yes, the victim's relatives now have Farslayer. Oops.
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