Thorn's core team and their heartswords. Heartswords are magical weapons forged by the soul, and drawn out of the chest. Their appearance is based on the user's personality, and will colour coordinate with hair and eye colours.

Once someone is trained to draw their heartsword, they can summon it at different sizes, and alter its sharpness to be safe for sparring practice.

Unaltered, the blade will cut through anything except other heartweapons, or equally-magical items.

It can't be used against the owner, although repeatedly drawing/sheathing the sword leaves a distinctive chest scar. It also can't be stolen, or even taken very far without the owner's express permission. It can't stay corporeal after the soul has left the owner's body.

Learning to summon a heartsword requires a lot of self-knowledge, so the trainers get to know the students very well and can make strong predictions on what will be drawn - handy if you're recruiting for a Secret Order of Monster Hunters. However, some students can be really thorough at faking their feelings enough to surprise. No one knew Marula was going to pull out a bone saw until she did.

Heartsword Types

Weapon type is determined by personality. As in the name, heartswords are most commonly swords, although they can be other weapons such as axes or daggers. Non-bladed heartswords are currently theoretical.

Common types

Backsword: Straight, single-edged blade. Wielders can be pessimists, and are practical and determined. (Juniper Sel, Moss)

Broadsword (and/or basket-hilted sword): Double-edged blade, fancy hilt that covers the grip. Wielders are noble-hearted idealists who tend to be optimists. (Thorn, Violet Dupont, Sir Rhódon)

Rapier: Narrow blade for thrusting. Wielders are sweet, sensitive, and attentive to detail. (Birch Persil, Quince Malina)

Scimitar (and/or sabre, cutlass): Wide, curved blade. Wielders are confident, uncompromising, and hold themselves to high standards. (Rowan Muscade, Peach Pescher-Argyros, Geranium Sureau)

Rare types

Axe: Heavy bladed head with a long sturdy handle. Wielders are seen as ruthless, cold, and prepared to use any amount of force without hesitation. (Delphinium)

Bone saw: Medical instrument. Wielders enjoy cutting people up. (Marula)

Dagger (and/or dirk, sica, stiletto): Short double-edged blade. Wielders are seen as sneaky, untrustworthy.

Katana: Curved, single-edged blade, two-handed grip, square guard. Wielders are dignified and precise.

Khopesh: Hook-shaped blade, sharpened on the outside of the curve. Wielders are assumed to be emotionally unstable.

Lei o Mano: Weapons made with shark teeth. Tamaputian heartswords (as opposed to human) probably tend to come out like this.

Longsword (and/or claymore): Straight, double-edged blade, long and heavy, two-handed grip. Wielders are talented overachievers. (Pascentia Zikos)

Smallsword: Shorter and lighter version of a rapier. Wielders are attested to in historical records, but have not been seen in the modern era. They're said to be showy, unfit for the stresses of real combat, and the decline in heart-smallsword wielders is usually attributed to stricter training programs.

Xiphos: Leaf-shaped (widening before the point), double-edged blade, shortsword. Heart-xiphoi wielders have also not been seen in the modern era, and their typical traits are unclear in the historical record.

Reincarnation

A person who has been reincarnated will draw the same heartsword, even if they don't remember their previous incarnation.

Reincarnations of Sir Rhódon, the first person to draw a heartsword, have been identified several times over the centuries. The most recent one is Leachtric.

Rowan’s heartsword is on record at the National Museum in their 16th-century collection, complete with a little biographical sketch. Thorn and Violet both have swords that only appear in ancient, faded, flaking records, with no personal details that survived. Peach’s sword has been recorded twice: one from a few centuries ago, one much older. Birch and Juniper, nothing yet.



 
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