- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Composition
- 4 Powers
- 5 Known wielders
- 6 Notes
- 7 See Also
- 8 Links and References
Ebony Blade was a magical blade forged by Merlin from the Starstone meteorite. The Ebony Blade was enchanted to cut through any object, to prevent the death of its wielder, and deflect any magic, but it also carried a curse slowly corrupt any user and cause a lust for violence, bloodshed, and death.
Sir Percy of Scandia / Black Knight
Merlin gave the enchanted sword to Sir Percy of Scandia, the 'first' Black Knight although he was the ninth person to wield it, directly after King Arthur's cousin Sir Reginald. Because of all the blood that Sir Percy shed with the blade, it acquired a curse.
Medieval period / Knights Templar
Dane Whitman / Black Knight
It passed briefly to Valkyrie when Dane's body was turned to stone, and his soul sent back in time to the 13th century, but was soon returned to him. Later, the blade was broken by an entity called the Iron Ogre, but was eventually reforged and returned to Whitman by Merlin. Due to the curse, Dane eventually gave the Blade up.
He drove it deep into the same meteor it was forged from, now residing in his castle. Only another deemed worthy would be able to withdraw it.
Sean Dolan / Bloodwraith
Dolan was drawn to the blade, and once again became Bloodwraith. Crystal retrieved the original Blade, and The Vision threatened to destroy it if Bloodwraith didn't surrender. Bloodwraith tossed the alternate Blade aside and reclaimed his own. Crystal picked up the second Blade and said it would be important to the future of the Inhumans.
Augustine du Lac / Vatican's Black Knight
Brian Braddock later tried to claim the sword from T'Challa during a meeting as part of the British legacy but T'Challa denied him the return of the weapon, later using it against Iron Man's attack in front of the White House. T'Challa actually waited for Dane Whitman to return it, suspecting that others would had tried to save him from it (when T'Challa himself consider that those who shoulder great responsibilities must make such decisions themselves).
Returned to Dane Whitman
After Dane Whitman learned that the sword he was using was not the Ebony Blade (which was seemingly part of a scheme of Dracula) and that the real one was in Wakanda, he requested an audience with Wakandan Queen Ororo.
Dane Whitman has been seen in possession of the Ebony Blade once again, given it by Queen Ororo of Wakanda.
Stolen by Malekith
During the War of the Realms, Malekith defeated Dane Whitman in combat and took the Ebony Blade for himself, delighted by its blood curse. When attacked by Venom, Malekith read the symbiote's memories to learn of Knull and used the Ebony Blade to subdue it, casting the cursed sword aside in favor of turning the Venom symbiote into his own version of All-Black the Necrosword. The sword was later wielded by Captain Britain.
The sorcerer Merlin came upon a strange black ore called the Starstone, apparently the site of a fallen meteor. He forged the Ebony Blade and Obsidian Dagger out of the strange material, using his magic to empower the blades.
- The Ebony Blade deflects most magical attacks. When angled in a certain way, it can instead absorb energy directed at it. It seems mostly immune to magical effects.
- It can cut through any substance (except other enchanted weapons or extremely strong metals like Adamantium; although this last bit is contradictory.) even piercing Iron Man's Extremis armor with one slash, though how much of a certain substance it can cut through depends on the strength of the wielder. The sword is also indestructible.
- The blade and its wielder are linked. The wielder can be transported to the blade's location through mystic ceremony, or sometimes even act of will. In a few cases Dane Whitman has been transported into the body of an ancestor to wield the blade.
- Merlin has enchanted the blade so that its wielder can be injured, but not killed. The one exception is when the wielder is attacked by a weapon forged from the same starstone as the blade (such as the dagger Merlin himself crafted).
- The link between blade and wielder means that evil acts committed by the wielder can taint the blade. If used to spill too much blood in evil acts, it will begin to crave blood, and induce the wielder to kill even more. If enough blood is shed the wielder becomes the Bloodwraith. Only a worthy person can resist it. Dane Whitman once cleansed the blade of the taint accumulated over the years by casting it into the Brazier of Truth, but it could become tainted if used for evil again.
- Namor (used it to "kill" Marrina)
- Ares
- Bloodwraith (Sean Dolan)
- Proctor wielded his world's version.
- The Ebony Blade was originally referred to as the Black Blade. Merlin created the weapon to be a worthy magical counterpart to King Arthur's Excalibur.
- Even before the blade became cursed from the blood it was used to spill by Sir Percy, possessing it would drive the wielder insane.
- 257 Appearances of Ebony Blade
- 15 Minor Appearances of Ebony Blade
- 10 Media Ebony Blade was Mentioned in
- 135 Images featuring Ebony Blade
- Item Gallery: Ebony Blade
Links and References
- Black Panther Vol 4 #3
- Quicksilver #6
- Black Knight (MDCU) #1
- Avengers Spotlight #39
- Avengers Annual #21
- Doctor Strange Vol 2 #68
- New Excalibur #12
- Marvel Super-Heroes #17
- Black Knight Vol 2 #4
- Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising #1
- Avengers #375
- Avengers: Unplugged #6
- Avengers Vol 3 #36-37
- Captain Britain and MI-13 #10
- Klaws of the Panther TPB; Black Panther (Shuri)'s entry
- Black Panther Vol 4 #4-10
- Black Panther Vol 4 #22-23
- Captain Britain and MI-13 #7
- Captain Britain and MI-13 #8
- Captain Britain and MI-13 #9
- War of the Realms #3
- War of the Realms #4
- War of the Realms #5
- Avengers #263
- Punisher Kill Krew #3
- Avengers #366
- Black Knight: Exodus #1
- Defenders #4
- Avengers #293
- Marvel Atlas #1; United Kingdom's entry
- Black Knight #1