A famous name, and a grim one. The sword that broke the Elvish Empire, with a blade to cleave the World. The greatest weapon that shall ever be forged, Shadowbane bears a bright name, a name of hope. And yet, dark omens have gathered about that hallowed blade from the time of its forging. Legends coil and twist around it like thorny vines, crowned with fierce blossoms, red as blood.
It is said that giving a sword a name gives the blade a soul as well, and that named blades carve out destinies of their own choosing. Such weapons, it is whispered, have the power to change the World. Men should be wary of named swords, for it is said that sometimes the mightiest Sword wields the Man, and not the other way around. Aye, all of these things are said of swords with but one name. Shadowbane must then truly be both great and terrible, for it has not one name but many. Light Bringer some have called it, also Beacon Blade, Second Sun, King Maker, Morning's Star, God's Hand, the Sword of Thurin, Wyrm's Killer, Paladinsword, and Beregund's Prize. These are its glorious names, but the blade has garnered dark names as well: King Breaker, World Cleaver, Maker's Maimer, the Sword of Vengeance, Shining Slaughter, Traitor, and Cambruin's Bane. Here is a blade that has carved its destiny into the face of time. All the children of the World live in the shadow of this mighty sword, and we who struggle in this Age of Strife dance upon its edge.
- The Legend of Shadowbane
Lore is the collection of narratives uses to tell the story of the world of Shadowbane. Use the navigation box at the bottom of this page to explore the lore of Shadowbane.
Nearly all of the lore for Shadowbane was written by then Wolfpack Studios employee Sam "Meridian" Johnson. Sam is now the Lead Creative Designer at KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.