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King's Thorn by Aikurisu King's Thorn by Aikurisu
“There are few relics left among the Noirvynes that remind us of the honour and chivalry they once stood for. ... ironic they’re more ‘useful’ right now than their blood.”
-- Anonymous



Legend has it that during the Mad War, there was a man who proved himself a thorn in the side of Phoenix King Meiliketh the Mad. Though his accomplishments were not as well-remembered as some orchestrated by certain human generals in that war torn era, Vael the Clever was not without pride from the praise he received as an enduring name on the lips of Daeyaran’s elite. Known for his resourcefulness in an age where it was lacking, he fought alongside Prince Amaury’s Glory-Seekers, proving himself as one of the young prince’s wisest counsels. Yet aside from his keen mind, Vael was a good friend and became known for having a set of eyes Amaury himself spoke of as ‘rivalling that of nelri scout, keen as a mean hawk and no braver than one’.

It was because of his friendship to the prince that Vael eventually was bestowed from his royal armourer a blade he quickly put to work and earned him enough dread on the battlefield to warrant caution among those who faced him. All this and more helped him find his noble place in the world, and it was from him that House Noirvyne was born.

Yet despite Vael’s noble efforts in that age, his bloodline would not find the same kind of promise. While his blade was passed down his line of successors in honour of their right as Count of Noirvyne, his descendant, Vael the VI, was nothing like him and an utter disappointment to his given name. Where his forefathers wielded the blade honourably, he had it stored away in the family armoury; pretending it never existed. Some say it was because Vael VI was a pacifist, yet more knew he saw himself as a disgrace of a nobleman in more ways than one and did not want to corrupt the blade with his touch. A belief some were relieved by, hoping that his heir would prove a better, more noble ruler to wield it without dishonour... even if it turned out to be his only daughter. Such was not to be.

When Isabel became the ruling countess of House Noirvyne, when she was asked about her stance on the blade being a keepsake of her family’s symbol of power, she simply waved it away and ordered for it to be smelted down into something more ‘useful’ for her touch. To this end, the fate of the blade was a miserable one, yet rumour has it that it never got that far and has since disappeared into the hands of those who still believe an honourable ruler will take up the Noirvyne name and with it earn the blade as part of its namesake. Yet how this will come about is a greater mystery in itself.

(I may rework on some of this blade's details later on, but for now I don't mind how it is. Comments and such welcome as always!)

Artwork // Lore - © Kristopher P. Love
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elyeli Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
at first I thought it was very simple, but the more I look at it the more elegant it looks. it has an understated beauty that's hard to describe. love the extreme length
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Thanks! You pretty much nailed it about the design too. =)
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NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
COOL sword! And I love the story with it.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Thanks! The story is bound to be revised as well, as I'm thinking I want to give it more prominence in certain story arcs. =)
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NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
You're welcome. :D
That's cool! I look forward to reading the revision.
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Mihzrael Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
It's quite long and...skinny.

It doesn't look reliable, it seems a bit damaged, and in my opinion it's too thin for a (as far as I can depict) one and a half weapon.

Personally I would say it far from being a good blade. Unlike Androval's Blade!! [link]


But apart from my whining, it's alright. Nice job :D
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Bah, maybe I like to think of this as a cross between Androval's blade and something like a claymore/rapier hybrid? =P

As for the damage, the blade is quite old, yet I think it'll become restored at a later date. I just like to make things ancient. =D
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Mihzrael Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Yeah, I like it that you're more rational now when making weapons. From the design point of view they actually look usable, and they're not over-fictional like the weapons from Final Fantasy or World of Warcraft.

You have my respect, as always :nod:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Thanks. =D

And I agree; I've never really given much respect to WoW's weapons and armour designers, finding it ironic that I preferred the more 'common' gear you could simply purchase from the vendors... than the epic crap that manages to make stuff from FF games look tame. Well... most times.

I still think one of the best FF games out there in terms of looks was FF8. Even the characters looked... well, not gay.
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Mihzrael Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Indeed, FF8 was a damn good game. Which gives me an idea: Why don't you give it a shot in making a usable gun-blade. I'm sure that would be a fun challenge. What say you? :D
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