The Swords of the Cross are three Holy Swords made from the three nails of Christ's crucifixion.[Footnote 1]

Description[edit | edit source]

The swords are protected by a holy power, a protection that can be broken by trying to use the sword in opposition to the principles it upholds. For instance, the sword of faith will become vulnerable when its wielder breaks a promise. Once that protection is broken, killing an innocent with one of the swords will destroy its powers.[1][2]

Each sword seems to be inhabited by an angel which gives it its powers, occasionally speaking through its wielder.[3][4]

Fidelacchius[edit | edit source]

Fidelacchius, The Sword of Faith, used to be wielded by Shiro Yoshimo, now dead, and, on occasion, by Karrin Murphy. In Skin Game, it is taken up by Waldo Butters.[5]

In the hands of Shiro Yoshimo and Karrin Murphy it took the form of a katana, known in Japanese legends as Kusanagi.[Footnote 2][6][7] When wielded by Waldo Butters, it took the form of a Jedi lightsaber.[8]

Death Masks[edit | edit source]

In Death Masks, Shiro Yoshimo was killed and in his last moments he gave Fidelacchius to Harry Dresden for safekeeping, that he would know who the next knight will be.[9]

Proven Guilty[edit | edit source]

In Proven Guilty, Michael Carpenter asks Harry Dresden if he found any candidates for wielder of Fidelacchius; at this time Dresden had not.[10]

Changes[edit | edit source]

In Changes, the two swords in Harry Dresden's care were temporarily used—Fidelacchius by Karrin Murphy.[11][12]

Skin Game[edit | edit source]

In Skin Game, Karrin Murphy misuses Fidelacchius when she attempts to strike down Nicodemus Archleone after he asked for mercy, resulting in its destruction. Later, in desperation, Harry Dresden throws the hilt to Waldo Butters; as he picks up the broken sword, Dresden hears what sounds like a heavenly chorus as the sword transforms into a Jedi[Footnote 3] lightsaber.[Footnote 4][8]

Amoracchius[edit | edit source]

Amoracchius, The Sword of Love, is also known as Excalibur[Footnote 5] and has the form of a heavy European broad sword.[6][7]

The last known wielder is Michael Carpenter, now retired from the Knights.[13] The sword is currently in the hands of Harry Dresden.[8]

Proven Guilty[edit | edit source]

In Proven Guilty, Michael Carpenter states that, according to Church records, this is not the first time that one of the White Council has been asked to be custodian of one of the Swords. Harry Dresden is one custodian—the other is The Original Merlin who had Amoracchius.[10]

Small Favor[edit | edit source]

In Small Favor, Michael Carpenter was gravely injured on Demonreach. Afterward, he chose to retire from active Knight duty, also giving his Sword to Harry Dresden.[13]

Changes[edit | edit source]

In Changes, the two swords in Harry Dresden's care were temporarily used—Amoracchius by Susan Rodriguez.[11][14]

Skin Game[edit | edit source]

In Skin Game, Amoracchius is temporarily wielded by Michael Carpenter.[15]

Esperacchius[edit | edit source]

Esperacchius, The Sword of Hope, is also known as Durendal,[Footnote 6] and has the form of a cavalry saber.[6][7] The sword is known to have been wielded by The Egyptian,[16] about which next to nothing is known, then by Sanya, who is currently a Knight.[17]

Death Masks[edit | edit source]

In Death Masks,

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Proven Guilty[edit | edit source]

In Proven Guilty,

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Small Favor[edit | edit source]

In Small Favor, it is mentioned that the Archangel Michael had offered Esperacchius to the former Denarian Sanya, who accepted.[17]

Ghost Story[edit | edit source]

In Ghost Story,

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Skin Game[edit | edit source]

In Skin Game,

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Grave Peril, ch. 21
  2. Grave Peril, ch. 29
  3. Small Favor, ch. 24
  4. Battle Ground, ch. 31
  5. Skin Game, ch. 50
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Changes
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Ghost Story, ch. 9
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Skin Game, ch. 51
  9. Death Masks, ch. 31
  10. 10.0 10.1 Proven Guilty, ch. 47
  11. 11.0 11.1 Changes, ch. 39
  12. Changes, ch. 46
  13. 13.0 13.1 Small Favor, ch. 46
  14. Changes, ch. 48
  15. Skin Game, ch. 30
  16. Death Masks, ch. 6
  17. 17.0 17.1 Small Favor, ch. 15
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