An Otataral sword was the designated weapon carried by the Empress' Imperial Adjunct which enabled the bearer to negate sorcery. Its blade had a rusty red appearance due to its Otataral core. The characteristics of Otataral were well known in Seven Cities but less so elsewhere.
Such swords were often kept in scabbards made of iron and bronze to neutralise their effects until the blade was drawn.
Lorn, as Adjunct, carried an Otataral longsword. Possibly the sword itself or her long association with it gave her the ability to know the patterns of sorcery and the pattern of the minds that used it.
Paran thought that it was possibly that his heightened sensitivity to magic was due to wearing the otataral blade
In House of Chains[edit | edit source]
Lorn's successor as Imperial Adjunct, Tavore Paran, also carried an Otataral sword, scabbarded at her belt, as sign of her office and imperial title. She kept the sword in a long stone box sealed with wax at times, to stop its characteristics interfering, for example with messengers expected to arrive by Warren. Tavore drew the sword to disperse the whirlwind preventing her 14th Army from entering Raraku.
In The Bonehunters[edit | edit source]
Paran was still carrying the sword he took off Lorn, albeit reluctantly. He told the Jaghut Ganath that he mostly kept it buried by the back wall of Coll's estate in Darujhistan. He eventually gave it to the mage Karpolan Demesand of the Trygalle Trade Guild as payment for services rendered. As had been agreed with Paran, the sword was then broken up, achieved by one of the shareholders pounding it with a mace, after which Paran collected a piece of the shards about the length of his index finger and not much wider. Paran later used the shard to impale the hand of the goddess Poliel so she was pinned to the world and unable to escape from the Deragoth.
In The Crippled God[edit | edit source]
The Shield Anvil of the Perish Grey Helms, Tanakalian, omitted to mention to the Forkrul Assail that the commander of a force approaching through the Glass Desert was wielding an Otataral sword. As the sword prevented the Forkrul Assail from sensing anything, they had been totally unaware of the possibility even of someone approaching from that direction until Tanakalian mentioned them in passing.
At the barrow, where the Bonehunter marines and heavies were about to make their last stand, Fiddler observed that Tavore's sword seemed to be 'awake' and Banaschar whispered that it 'shall summon'. Tavore then plunged her sword into the ground.
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.276
- Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.277
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 10
- Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.28
- Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.270/271
- Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 18, UK MMPB p.554
- Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 23, UK MMPB p.679
- Gardens of the Moon, Epilogue, UK MMPB p.701
- House of Chains, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.279
- House of Chains, Chapter 11, UK MMPB p.499
- House of Chains, Chapter 22, US SFBC p.720
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 10, UK MMPB p.528
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 13, UK MMPB p.622/623
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 15
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 23, UK MMPB p.1108
- The Crippled God, Chapter 3, UK HB p.72
- The Crippled God, Chapter 21, UK HB p.649
- The Crippled God, Chapter 24, UK HB p.792