''Severance: Blade of Darkness'' (known as ''Blade: Edge of Darkness'' in Europe) is a third person fantasy HackAndSlash game with ActionRPG and BeatEmUp elements, developed by Rebel Act Studios and published by Creator/{{Codemasters}} in 2001.

The game takes place in a LowFantasy setting, where armies of orcs and undead are invading the land. It falls to one hero to recover the Sword of Light and defeat the master of the hordes.

!!!The playable characters are:
* Sargon, a knight. Uses swords and maces.
* Tukaram, a barbarian. Uses two handed swords and axes.
* Zoe, an Amazon. Uses staves and spears.
* Naglfar, a dwarf. Uses one handed axes, hammers and clubs.

!!!This game contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: Zoe, the Amazon.
* AnArmAndALeg: Happens very often when an enemy (or the PlayerCharacter) dies.
* AnAxeToGrind: Naglfar and Tukaram are fond of these; the former uses one handed ones, the later prefers huge two handed ones.
* AnnoyingArrows: There is only one type of bow in the game, which deals pitiful damage. Only useful for solving switch puzzles.
* ArmorIsUseless: Armor subtracts from the strength of enemy attacks. But the enemies use the same powerful weapons as the player (including some of the special moves), so even Sargon's heavy plate doesn't protect much.
* BarbarianHero: Tukaram.
* {{BFS}}: Tukaram's later weapons are huge.
* BladeOnAStick: Zoe specializes in these.
* DemBones: Skeletons are a common (and annoying) enemy you'll find in the game.
* GiantMook: Minotaurs, Golems.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: You can pick up your enemies' severed limbs and use them to beat other enemies with them. They deal almost no damage, but it makes for some BlackComedy.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: During the first levels, food items such as cheese or meat will be your main source of health. They don't heal much, so later on you'll have to rely on potions.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: In the main castle of the BigBad, there is a weapons chamber with 4 extremely powerful weapons (one for each character, of course). These deals normal damage equal to the Sword of Light, and their special attacks are the most powerful in the game, causing more than 10000 damage in one hit. The weapons chamber is easy to miss, though.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Sargon, although he still butchers his way through the orcs like the other characters.
* LethalLavaLand: The Forge of Xshathra.
* NintendoHard: Lots of durable enemies? Check. Limited health pickups? Check. Long levels filled with traps? Check. It's a good thing you can save any time you want, because you'll probably be loading your game a lot.
* ObviousBeta: This game had some pretty annoying bugs, especially within its cutscenes. Like losing control of the character and not getting it back after the cutscene, or the character just walking circles instead of walking towards his goal.
* OffWithHisHead: Kill an enemy with a strike to the head and his head will end up rolling across the ground.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Naglfar.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They look like tall, thin, skinless ghouls, for starters.
* SecretLevel: The Abyss, where you fight the real BigBad of the game. To reach it, you'll have to find all six runes scattered throughout the game. Otherwise Dol Gurak will be the last level and you'll get a BadEnding.
* ShowsDamage: Both enemies and player characters will become more wounded and bloodied as they lose health.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Zoe is the only playable female character out of four.
* SpecialAttack: Every weapon has it's own special move, which deals massive damage. The characters also have some weapon-independent moves. And the magical weapons would be entirely useless if not for their special move, because their base damage is so low.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: One of the multiplayer skins for Amazon leaves her in just a shoulder-plate, metal bra and crotch protection.
* SwordBeam: The special move of the Sword of Light.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Sword of Light, which is probably needed to defeat the BigBad. That's because he teleports away from melee, and the SwordBeam of the Sword of Light is the only good ranged attack.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Yes, you can throw your weapon dozens of meters. No, it isn't effective after the first area. This move becomes semi-useful with the Sword of Light, which teleports back in your hand after the throw.