Sword Story – Bleach Zanpakuto

Zanpakutō (斬魄刀; literally, soul-cutter sword) is the main weapon of the Shinigami, the Arrancar and theVisored. The Shinigami art of wielding a Zanpakutō is called Zanjutsu (斬術; literally, swordsmanship).

 


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The Zanpakutō of low-ranking Shinigami are called Asauchi and don’t have names, but the Zanpakutō of Shinigami of rank have names. In its sealed state, a Zanpakutō has the form of a Japanese sword.[1] Such weapons are unique swords generated from their owners souls. Its shape differs depending on its owner.[2]

Zanpakutō are the trademark weapons of the Shinigami. Capable of cutting spiritual bodies, they are amongst the few weapons which can be used to combat Hollows. Each Shinigami carries a Zanpakutō, and each Zanpakutō is unique: as the swords are both reflections of a Shinigami’s soul and power, and sentient beings unto themselves. The Zanpakutō’s name is also the name of the living spirit that empowers the sword and lends its strength to the Shinigami who wields it. These beings can vary greatly in appearance and have their own distinct personalities which match their owner’s.

A Zanpakutō’s shape and abilities are based on their Shinigami’s soul. Once a Shinigami learns his/her sword’s name, they are able to communicate with one another and grow stronger together. Zanpakutō are born with their Shinigami and they die along with their Shinigami. Shinigami use them in battle as a reflection of their heart. When released, they can display a vibrant power. They are one with the Shinigami, and they share a Shinigami’s conviction.[3]

Inside each Zanpakuto is an incarnation that manifests itself upon the Zanpakuto’s transformation. The first step is to acquaint oneself with this incarnation.[4]


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  • Because they are part of their owner’s soul, a Zanpakutō cannot be replaced, though it will slowly regenerate if it is broken.[6]

 

  • In order to to fix a broken Zanpakutō, the owner needs to take Reishi and Reiatsu and merge them into his/her Zanpakutō. However, this only applies if it was the Shikai which was damaged, if a Zanpakutō breaks in its Bankai state then it will never go returned to its former state.[7]

 

  • The size of the Zanpakutō reflects the amount of the swordsman’s spiritual power.[8] Exceptions to this rule are beings of immense power who are required to actively control the size of their Zanpakutō.[9]

 

  • If a Shinigami pierces the chest of a Human with their Zanpakutō and channels their Reiryoku through it into the Human’s body, it will transform that Human into a Shinigami temporarily. The act does not have a high chance of viability even when the Human in question has a high level of spiritual energy, and if the method does fail the Human will die.[10]

 

  • Every Zanpakutō has its own name.[11]

 

  • A Zanpakutō can determine whether or not its wielder is worthy of its power.[12][13]

 

  • Zanpakutō have a true form.[14] This true form resides inside their Shinigami. A Zanpakutō has a mind, and a body that controls their powers. Shinigami are able to grow more powerful by communicating with them.[15]

 

  • Zanpakutō possess their own reiatsu, which can be sensed as any reiatsu can and is identical to that of their wielder though with subtle differences.[16]

 

  • Though rare, it is not impossible for more than one soul to be attuned to the same spirit. In such cases, ancient law of the Soul Society will not allow two beings to wield the same Zanpakutō, in which case, they must duel for ownership of the spirit, with the winner gaining it and the loser being sentenced to death.[17]

 

  • No matter what form (or size) a Zanpakutō takes, it is always virtually effortless for its owner to wield because it is a part of its owner’s soul.[18] Shinigami captains all consciously keep their Zanpakutō in a manageable size, otherwise they would be holding Zanpakutō the size of skyscrapers. Therefore, one cannot judge one’s opponent’s strength solely by the size of their Zanpakutō.[19]

 

  • No Zanpakutō in existence has a Shikai and a Bankai that use unrelated abilities


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A wielder knows their Zanpakutō spirit very closely and vice versa. The connection is very deep, though in the beginning the connection is one sided with the wielder being unable to fully hear the spirit communicating with them.[21] It is not uncommon for the introduction of the two (Shinigami and Zanpakutō spirit) to take place in theinner world while the prospective Shinigami sleeps.

A Zanpakutō is generated by its wielder upon the solidification of their Reiryoku into the sword’s form.[22]

It is not enough to simply know the name of one’s Zanpakutō. If a wielder were to lend its power to its Zanpakutō then the weapon would become stronger. To fully use a Zanpakutō’s power, a wielder must get to know its Zanpakutō’s spirit.[23]

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Swords Story – Andúril ( Lord of the Rings)

The sword of Elendil was forged anew by Elvish smiths, and on its blade was traced a device of seven stars set between the crescent Moon and the rayed Sun, and about them was written many runes; for Aragorn, son ofArathorn was going to war upon the marches of Mordor. Very bright was that sword when it was made whole again; the light of the sun shone redly in it, and the light of the moon shone cold, and its edge was hard and keen. And Aragorn gave it a new name and called it Andúril, Flame of the West.
—The Fellowship of the Ring, The Ring Goes South

In TA 3019 the sword Narsil was reforged in Rivendell as Andúril also known as Sword that was Broken and Sword Reforged for Aragorn, the Heir of Isildur, and rightful King of Gondor.

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Aragorn carried the sword during his journey south as part of the Fellowship of the Ring, and it featured prominently at several points in the story, where it was sometimes referred to as the Sword that was Broken or The Sword Reforged. Aragorn uses it as evidence of his heritage when he, Legolas, and Gimli first meet Éomer. He reluctantly sets it aside before meeting Théoden; telling Háma, that death will come to any man except himself who draws it from its scabbard. The Elves of Lothlórien made a scabbard specifically for this sword. It was overlaid with a tracery of flowers and leaves and elven runes spelling out the name of the sword and its lineage. There was an enchantment upon the scabbard so that the blade that was drawn from it would not be stained or broken, even in defeat.

It is likely that Aragorn could have killed the Nazgul with Anduril, even though he was a man, due to the sword’s use in cutting the ring of Sauron’s finger.

Swords Story – Frostmourne ( Warcraft)

“Whomsoever takes up this blade shall wield power eternal. Just as the blade rends flesh, so must power scar the spirit.”
—The inscription on Frostmourne’s pedestal

Frostmourne was the runeblade that Ner’zhul, the Lich King, thrust from the Frozen Throne, intending that Arthas Menethil — his unwitting potential host — would discover it on the continent of Northrend. It was wielded by Arthas, the new Lich King, until it was destroyed following his defeat in Icecrown Citadel. No one knows where the remnants of Frostmourne are now.

When Ner’zhul was transformed into the Lich King by Kil’jaeden, his disembodied spirit was shackled to a magical suit of armor as well as the runeblade Frostmourne, and trapped within an icy tomb called the Frozen Throne. Both the armor and the blade were crafted by the Nathrezim for the purpose of containing and controlling the Lich King.[3]

Ner’zhul’s Plan to Escape

Ner’zhul was not content with being a pawn for the Burning Legion, however, and began working on a plan for escape. The first stage of his plan was set in motion when he used his powers to push Frostmourne through the ice and out of the Frozen Throne, and plunge it into the snows of Northrend to await one who would claim it and become the Lich King’s agent. Ner’zhul found his agent in Arthas Menethil, the young prince of Lordaeron who had come to Northrend in a quest to end theplague.

Muradin Bronzebeard, a dwarven explorer based at the time in Northrend, was searching for the weapon after hearing of Frostmourne’s power when Arthas and his men arrived.[4] When the forces of the dreadlord Mal’Ganis began to close in around them, Arthas and Muradin set out to claim it.

Deep within a hidden, unnamed cave, Frostmourne was guarded by The Guardian and several revenants who tried to warn Arthas of the danger, but he ignored the warning and destroyed them. When they found the sword, Muradin read the inscription on the dais:[5]

“Whomsoever takes up this blade shall wield power eternal. Just as the blade rends flesh, so must power scar the spirit.

Muradin realized then that the blade was cursed, but Arthas said he would gladly bear any curse to save his homeland. Upon speaking those words, the ice encasing the sword shattered and exploded outward. A jagged shard struck Muradin, seeming to strike him down. Arthas, ignoring the loss of his friend, discarded his hammer, [Light’s Vengeance], and took hold of the blade.

Frostmourne on its pedestal (WotLK).

In the Hands of Arthas

With the sword in hand, Arthas returned to his base and staged a counterattack against Mal’Ganis, quickly destroying the dreadlord’s base. Mal’Ganis confronted Arthas, telling him that Ner’zhul had known he would take the cursed sword, and that it had now stolen Arthas’s soul. He spoke as if he believed Arthas was now on his side, but to his surprise Arthas used the runeblade to slay the dreadlord on the Lich King’s command. With his soul forfeited to the Lich King, Arthas ran off into the frozen wastes of Northrend.[5]

Now a death knight of the Scourge, Arthas killed and converted his former army before returning to Lordaeron, where he was hailed with a royal welcome. Arthas proceeded directly to the throne room, where he killed his father, King Terenas, and set the Scourge loose throughout the city.

Some time after the Burning Legion’s defeat at Mount Hyjal, the demon hunter Illidan Stormrage used a powerful spell to attack the Frozen Throne, where the Lich King was imprisoned. Though the spell was unsuccessful, it widened the crack through which Frostmourne had been thrust, and the Lich King’s power began to wane, so he recalled Arthas to Northrend to aid him. Arthas defeated Illidan and ascended the spire to the Frozen Throne. He then used Frostmourne to shatter the ice, donned the helmet that was sealed within, and became the new Lich King.

Wrath of the Lich King

Frostmourne on its pedestal inside the Halls of Reflection

Frostmourne, shattered by Ashbringer

Frostmourne’s shattered hilt, as shown on the Dedication of Honor in Dalaran his section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

The Frozen Halls

Just after he is defeated in the Pit of Saron, the undead gnome Krick lets it slip that Arthas leaves Frostmourne unattended in the Halls of Reflection, his private sanctum in the Frozen Halls of Icecrown Citadel.

After surviving the Pit of Saron, the guides for the adventurers braving the Halls (Jaina Proudmoore for the Alliance or Sylvanas Windrunner for the Horde) lead the way into the Halls of Reflection. As Krick promised, Frostmourne stands alone, floating serenely above an altar in the center of the entry chamber. Jaina or Sylvanas attempt to commune with the souls trapped within the blade to find the key to the Lich King’s weakness. They are contacted by the spirit of Uther the Lightbringer, who warns them that another must take the Lich King’s place in order to keep the Scourge under control.

Fall of the Lich King

During the final battle against the Lich King at the Frozen Throne, Frostmourne was shattered by Ashbringer, wielded by Tirion Fordring. The thousands of souls trapped within the blade swarmed the Lich King, suspending him in the air, where he was finished off by the champions assembled to defeat him.

On the Dedication of Honor monument at the center of Runeweaver Square in Dalaran, a bust of the shattered hilt of Frostmourne is shown at the feet of the statue of Tirion Fordring.

At Blizzcon 2011, it was stated that the shards of Frostmourne were taken by “someone smart” and put “somewhere safe”… at least until someone gets it in their head to try to reforge it.

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Swords Story – Snow Drinking Saber ( 雪饮狂刀)Storm Riders Fung Wan

Swords Story – Snow Drinking Saber ( 雪饮狂刀)Storm Riders Fung Wan.

Sword Story – Snow drinking saber from Fung Wan / Storm Riders

via Swords Story – Snow Drinking Saber ( 雪饮狂刀)Storm Riders Fung Wan.

Guild Wars 2 Legendary Guide

From Xaragoth guildwars2guru.com

WARNING: Some of the GW2DB Items aren’t entirely correct. That is due to the Database being in a beta state. If you find things, please tell me immediately. Thank you!

List of things to do here:

  • Add GW2DB Links so you can see a mouse-over when they become available
  • Update Text, Research correct names of some items.
  • Write more details on Dungeon Gifts

How you can contribute to our efforts even now:

  • We need more data on the level range the weapons used to create the base need to have. For now we assume it’s all items above 76+
  • We need more Data on the drop locations of Cores and Lodestones
  • We need to find out which 2nd Gift is used for the Torch. The Wiki is unclear on this.
  • Help us find the correct names for some of the Exotics & Legendary. I already found 3 wrong names in the list that have changed towards the launch.
  • WE CAN’T SAY FOR SURE HOW THE TORCH IS NAMED UNTIL SOMEBODY MAKES IT. THE BASE WEAPON SAYS RODGORT, THE RECIPE SAY’S DRAGON MAW.

Here is a list of Screenshots from this thread on reddit for your viewing pleasure, before you start. Please note that Twilight doesn’t show the right skin and a few weapons are appearently not even in the game yet.

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GUIDE BEGINS HERE!

If you need more Information on how to actually FARM the stuff for your Legendary (Gold, Karma, Mats) please check out this Guide:http://www.guildwars…egendary-guide/

Making Legendaries are a long process, which will devour roughly over 100g and 2 Million Karma. Not to mention your time. Some parts are made from crafting, others are obtained as loot, some are random, but pretty much all of them need to be thrown into theMystic Forge. This thread is meant to walk you through the process step-by-step. So let’s start…

Obtaining the Exotics
Each of the Legendaries has it’s own exotic base weapon. These are always ” ____ of Rage” items, because it’s the default Superior Sigil. They can be obtained by throwing 4 rare/exotic weapons above level 76 (research ongoing) of the type you want to obtain into the Mystic Forge (4x Greatsword for Dusk or Dawn) and getting lucky. Or you might be able to obtain them as loot from events or enemies while being out in the world. Either way, you need to obtain the following specific items to craft your Legendary.

This is unconfirmed, but according to someone over at MMO-Champion you can use Mystic Forge Stones to substitute a exotic weapon.

Not yet proven: Greatsword – Sunrise + Twilight – Used for: Eternity

Crafting Gifts
Depending on what Legendary you are crafting, you will have to create specific Gifts. These are related to different Crafting Skills.Gifts are Account-Bound, so buying them on the Trading Post is impossible. The Recipes for these gifts are sold by Miyani in Lion’s Arch. You can find her next to the Mystic Forge. The list here will link to the Wiki, where you can see what you need. AT THIS TIME NOT ALL WIKI ENTIRES MAY BE CORRECT, SO PLEASE TAKE CARE! The Gifts are used as part of the final 3 components you will make with the Mystic Forge later on.

Legendaries and which Gifts they need:
Just click on the items, it will take you to GW2DB and show you which profession makes which Gift.

How to make/obtain Lodestones:
Lodestones used for crafting weapon-specific Gifts drop from high level Elementals and the following Dungeons (research ongoing):

Twilight Arbor – Onyx Lodestone
Citadel of Flame – Molten Lodestone
Honor of the Waves – Glacial Lodestone
Crucible of Eternity – Charged Lodestone
Arah – Corrupted Lodestone
Sorrow’s Embrace – Destroyer Lodestone

Unknown Locations:
Crystal Lodestone

You can also make them in the Mystic Forge if you have Cores (1 Tier below Lodestones):

2x Core + 1x Crystal + 1x Bottle of Elonian wine + 1x Pile of Crystalline Dust

You can obtain Bottle of Elonian Wine from Miyani by the Mystic Forge for 25 silver. She also sells Crystals for 3 Skill points.

How to make/obtain Dungeon Gifts:
Each of the weapon specific gifts needs a specific Dungeon item. Since I don’t have the time right now to update this section, just let me tell you the quick version.

You can buy a Dungeon Gift from the Vendors in LA that also sell the armor. Each costs 500 Tokens from their respective Dungeons. Check the Recipe you have bought for what you need.

Ascalonian Catacombs – Gift of Ascalon: Twilight, Sunrise, Bolt, The Chosen
Arah – Gift of Zhaitan:  Bitfrost, Maw of the Deep
Twilight Arbor – Gift of Thorns: The Dreamer, Howler, Kudzu
Honor the Waves – Gift of the Sanctuary: Frenzy, Frostfang
Citadel of Flame – Gift of Baelfire: Incinerator
Sorrow’s Embrace – Gift of Forgeman: The Juggernaut, Kraitkin
Caudecus’s Manor – Gift of Nobleman: The Minstrel, Quip, The Moot
Crucible of Eternity – Gift of Knowledge: Predator, Meteorlogicus

Example:
Gift of Darkness & Gift of Light both need Gift of Ascalon to be crafted.

Mystic Forge Gifts & Components
To obtain your Legendary, you will need to use the Mystic Forge to combine a great many things. While none of the components are actually “easy” to obtain, I will still try to list them in the order in which you can most likely obtain them.

Gift of Mastery
The first component for a Legendary is obtained by adding the following materials into the Mystic Forge:

Bloodstone Shard + 250x Obsidian Shard + Gift of Exploration + Gift of Battle

Let’s start with the Bloodstone Shard[s, since it’s easy. You can obtain this from Miyani right next to the Forge for 200 Skill points.

Obsidian Shard are obtained from Tactician Deathstrider at the Temple of Balthazar in Straits of Devastation
for 2100 Karma each. So you better bring those 525000 Karma with you.

2 Gifts of Exploration is obtained by reaching 100% World Completion. So get exploring!

Gift of Battle is obtained from any Weaponsmith in the WvW area. It will cost you 500 Badges of honor – so better start the queue, if your realm is full.

Congratulation, you are now one step closer to your Legendary.

Gift of Fortune
The second component for a Legendary is obtained by adding the following materials into the Mystic Forge:

77x Mystic Clover + 250x Globs of Ectoplasm + Gift of Magic + Gift of Might

Mystic Clover are made in the Mystic Forge. They are a rare component obtained when using the T6 Crafting Recipe (yields 20-50 T6 Mats or 10 Clovers). KEEP THOSE T6 MATS!
The recipe is:

10 Obsidian Shards + 10 Mystic Coins + 10 Ectos + 10 Crystals

You already know where to get Obsidian Shards from the 1st Component.

Crystals can be bought from Miyani for 3 Skill points.

Mystic Coins are rewarded for Daily/Monthly Achievements, you should know this by now.

Globs of Ectoplasm are crafting Materials, gained from salvaging 70+ rare/exotic items with at least a Master’s Salvage Kit, probably better to get some Mystic Salvage Kits for this ;)

1x Glob of Ectoplasm + 6x Philosopher’s stone + 1x Obsidian Shard + 1x Mystic Coin = 1-3 T6 or a Mystic Clover

Now, all those attempts to get the Mystic Clover you need should’ve left you win hundred of T6 Crafting Mats. Which is good. Since you will need them now.

Gift of Magic is made from the Mystic Forge by throwing the following into it:

250x Vicious Fangs + 250x Armored Scale + 250x Vicious Claw+ 250x Ancient Bone

Gift of Might is made from the Mystic Forge by throwing the following into it:

250x Vial of Powerful Blood + 250x Powerful Venom Sac + 250x Elaborate Totem + 250x Pile of Crystalline Dust

Congratulations. You have now obtained your 2nd Component. And if you aren’t broke yet, you will be soon.

Gift of <Insert Legendary Name>
You need specific Superior Sigil depending on what you want to craft, but they are most likely themed. Also the Mystic Forge won’t accept any other Sigils than the one that works with the specific components you threw into it (as far as we know).

This Component needs:

Crafting Gift A + Crafting Gift B + 100x Icy Runestones + Superior Sigil of X.

Icy Runestones cost 1 gold each and can be bought after defeating the Claw of Jormag in Frostgorge Sound.

Now just throw all that stuff into the Mystic Forge after you have spend 100G on it and you can make a Gift of <Insert Legendary Name>.

Example:
Gift of Light + Gift of Metal + 100x Icy Runestones + Superior Sigil of Strength = Gift of Sunrise.

Legendaries and which Superior Sigils they need:

Obtaining the Legendary
Now just take your exotic base weapon and your components and throw them into the Forge.

Example:
Dawn + Gift of Sunrise + Component 2 + Component 3 = Sunrise

Congratulations! – you have now obtained your Legendary. And probably in more than a week! If you manage to make one in a week or less, Munkee will be forced by us all to give you a special price.

Don’t forget to post your Legendary so we can drool at it.