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 +<​html><​a href="​http://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​saturday-sketchbook-knights-and-heartswords/"><​img src="​https://​leifandthorn.com/​wiki/​images/​16-01-23-heartswords.png"​ alt="​Thorn'​s core team and their heartswords"​ class="​alignleft"></​a></​html>​
 +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.
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 +Once someone is trained to draw their heartsword, they can summon it at different sizes, and alter its sharpness to be safe for [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​sword-dancers-323/​|sparring practice]]. ​
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 +Unaltered, the blade will cut through anything except other heartweapons,​ or equally-magical items.
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 +It can't be used against the owner, although repeatedly drawing/​sheathing the sword leaves a distinctive chest scar, the size of which can vary depending on the size of the blade. It also [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​thorn-explains-magic-versus-heartswords/​|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. 
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 +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 [[knights#​Marula]] was going to pull out a bone saw until she did.
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 +====Heartsword Types====
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 +Weapon type is determined by personality. (Thorn Explains: [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​thorn-explains-heartswords/​|common types]], [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​thorn-explains-heartswords-round-2/​|rare types]].)
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 +As in the name, heartswords are most commonly swords, although they can be other weapons such as axes or daggers. ​
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 +Types of blades that aren't in the heartsword record include: the machete, urumi, steel whip, hook sword, flame-bladed sword, and decorative toothpick.
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 +Non-bladed heartswords are currently theoretical. Urban legends about "​heartstaffs"​ are probably based on magical girls who were misidentified. (Or who were deliberately messing with people.)
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 +===Common types===
 +<​html><​img src="​https://​leifandthorn.com/​wiki/​images/​heartsword-graphic1.png"​ alt="​Heartsword types" class="​alignright"></​html>​
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 +**Backsword:​** Straight, single-edged blade. Wielders can be pessimists, and are practical and determined. ([[Knights#​Juniper Sel]], Moss, [[Knights#​Artie Carver]])
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 +**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]], [[Knights#​Violet Dupont]], [[Myths and Legends#Sir Rhódon]])
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 +**Rapier (and/or estoc):** Narrow blade for thrusting. Wielders are sweet, sensitive, and attentive to detail. ([[Knights#​Birch Persil]], [[Knights#​Quince Malina]])
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 +**Scimitar (and/or sabre, cutlass, dao):** Wide, curved blade. Wielders are confident, uncompromising,​ and hold themselves to high standards. ([[knights#​Rowan Muscade]], [[knights#​Peach Pescher-Argyros]],​ [[knights#​Geranium Sureau]])
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 +===Rare types===
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 +**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. ([[Knights#​Delphinium]])
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 +**Bone saw:** Medical instrument. Wielders enjoy cutting people up. Almost never seen. ([[knights#​Marula]])
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 +**Dagger (and/or dirk, kris, sica, stiletto):​** Short double-edged blade. Wielders are seen as sneaky, untrustworthy.
 +<​html><​img src="​https://​leifandthorn.com/​wiki/​images/​heartsword-graphic2.png"​ alt="​Heartsword rare types" class="​alignright"></​html>​
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 +**Katana:** Curved, single-edged blade, two-handed grip, square guard. Wielders are dignified and precise. Originally thought to be a subset of Scimitars, but are more reserved.
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 +**Khopesh:​** Hook-shaped blade, sharpened on the outside of the curve. Wielders are assumed to be emotionally unstable and bad at self reflection. Almost never seen.
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 +**Lei o Mano:** [[http://​www.hawaiianartifact.com/​sharktooth.html|Weapons made with shark teeth]]. Tamaputian heartswords (as opposed to human) tend to come out like this.
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 +**Longsword (and/or claymore):​** Straight, double-edged blade, long and heavy, two-handed grip. Wielders are talented overachievers. Rare in the general population, but over-represented,​ since once they get into training they'​re most likely to succeed. Usually drawn in a compressed form and then expanded. ([[Knights#​Pascentia Zikos]])
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 +**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.
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 +**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====
 +<​html><​a href="​https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​saturday-sketchbook-live-die-reincarnate-tell-your-own-story/"><​img src="​https://​leifandthorn.com/​wiki/​images/​18-07-07-live_die_reincarnate_.png"​ alt="​Image of Rhódon and various reincarnations holding their heartsword"​ class="​alignleft"></​a></​html>​
 +A person who has been [[reincarnation|reincarnated]] will [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​thorn-explains-leachtric/​|draw the same heartsword]],​ even if they don't remember their previous incarnation.
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 +Reincarnations of [[Myths and Legends#Sir Rhódon]], the first person to draw a heartsword, have been identified several times over the centuries. The most recent one is [[fiction#​Leachtric]].
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 +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 [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​the-show-must-grow-on-act-i-5-44/​|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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