Juniper: Hey, Thorn, would this be a good time to tell the people a few things about heartswords?
Thorn: Sure. Why not.
Your heartsword comes from inside you. It doesn’t hurt to draw — well, not much — though it does leave this distinctive chest scar. Scientists can’t agree on whether a heartsword reflects your soul, or is your soul made manifest. Either way, your personality determines the type you’ll get . . .
Broadsword: Double-edged blade, basket-hilted. Noble-hearted idealists. Tend to be optimists.
Backsword: Straight, single-edged blade. Can be pessimists. Practical and determined.
Scimitar: Wide, curved blade. Confident, uncompromising, hold themselves to high standards.
Rapier: Narrow blade for thrusting, not cutting. Sweet, sensitive, attentive to detail.
Those are the most common types, but not the only ones! People have also drawn foils, katanas, and longswords, just to name a few. Humans are infinitely complicated, so, in theory, there should be an infinite variety of heartswords.
Rarest of all are the types that aren’t even swords! These tend to become the focus of rumors and suspicion, because you’re so unlikely to meet a wielder in person . . . .
Dagger: Short blade. Seen as sneaky, untrustworthy.
Axe: Heavy bladed head with a long sturdy handle. Seen as ruthless, cold, and prepared to use any amount of force without hesitation.