La Fleur du Mal, originally known as the Bloodline, was a sword created by Sumerian goddess Ereshkigal circa 6000 BCE using the spinal cord of the demon Pazuzu. The Bloodline was created for a trade with a human king who stole the key to the underworld and refused to return it until the gods granted him a bloodthirsty weapon to slay his enemies. However, upon first holding the weapon, the king forcefully had all of his life energy drained from him as a result of the sword's powerful demonic energy. Despite being too powerful for mortal hands to wield, the allure of the sword was too much, leading to multiple attempts by mortals to wield the blade.
Circa 1750 BCE, early efforts are made to convert the Bloodline into a usable weapon of human warfare. But even despite attempts from several different warlords, the demonic energy of the sword remained too powerful and unsafe for human use. Ignoring these failures, many continued to attempt to control the demonic soul residing within the blade, each failing like those before them.
In 974 CE, the Bloodline is acquired by Haasen, the witch-queen of the Eastern European country of Languria. Encasing the Bloodline in a magic infused alloy, Haasen managed to finally tame the Bloodline to her command. Naming the sword "Blutdämmerung," Hassen used the sword to ruthlessly conquer and subjugate her own people, causing many to die under her violent rule. Later in 998, Queen Hassen is rebelled against and overthrown by her subjects who then burned down and destroyed her castle.
The demonic sword was later found in the rubble and partly reconstructed by amateur bloodsmiths. Over the following centuries the demon sword exchanges owners many times, always bringing misfortune to its wielders. In 1478 CE, the Bloodline eventually finds its way to an order of French Monks who were specialists in mystic metal casting. Re-enforcing the spells put in place by Queen Hassen, the Monks work on the restoration of the blade for the next 20 years, re-naming the blade "La Fleur du Mal," in the process. Becoming even more thirstier for human blood, La Fleur du Mal again exchanges hands multiple times, changing in purpose and appearance with each new wielder. La Fleur du Mal eventually starts its long association with the Guillotine bloodline in 1789.
La Fleur du Mal was then found by Jean Desmarais in the Parisian catacombs in October of 1793 when he was escaping prosecution. The sword offered him protection and a means to destroy his enemies in exchange for swearing a blood oath. Thus, Jean Desmarais and his descendants were cursed with the obligation to wield the sword under the identity of Guillotine.
In the future of 2099, La Fleur du Mal is acquired by Alchemax Corp through unknown means. Working with the demon Mephisto who was operating under the alias of Doctor M. Faustus, Alchemax was able to successfully control and digitally replicate the demonic energy within the sword. Using this technology, Alchemax created a robotic warrior model, Guillotine 2099, hoping to mass produce it and offer it to the whole world.
La Fleur du Mal appears to be a sentient being with a never-ending thirst for blood, which is absorbed by the sword as it cuts through the enemies of its wielder. The sword speaks directly to its user's mind, so it normally can't be heard by other people. However, Gamora has been shown to be able to hear it.
When Guillotine tried to use the sword against Rick Jones, the weapon refused to cut him, having deemed Jones "unclean" due to Eddie Brock loaning him the bloodless Venom symbiote. Guillotine was instead forced to defeat Jones by summoning the spirits of La Fleur du Mal's previous wielders.
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In 6000 BCE, the Sumerian goddess Ereshkigal created the earliest version of La Fleur du Mal from a demon's spinal cord. The mystical weapon, then known as the Bloodline, feasted on the souls of human beings.
In 1750 BCE, ancient warlords attempted to convert the Bloodline into a weapon of human war, but the demonic energy in it remained too dangerous to allow it to be wielded by mortals. Many heroes and kings tried to tame the demon within the blade in the following years, but they all succumbed to its power.
It wasn't until 974 CE that someone managed to bend the Bloodline to their will; Queen Haasen of Languria accomplished such a feat by encasing it in a magic-infused alloy. Naming it "Blutdämmerung," she used the new sword's power to subjugate her own people. After Queen Haasen was toppled by her subjects in 998 CE, Blutdämmerung was found in the rubble of her torched castle and partially rebuilt by amateur blacksmiths. It exchanged hands many times in the next centuries, always bringing misfortune to its owners.
In 1478 CE, an order of French monks skilled in the arts of mystical metal casting acquired the sword and worked on restoring it for the next twenty years, reinforcing the spells created by Queen Haasen and rechristening the blade "La Fleur du Mal." The sword changed shape and purpose with each new owner in the following centuries, its thirst for human blood increasing accordingly.
The sword's long association with the Guillotine bloodline started during one of the bloodiest periods in European history, but it was only by the end of World War II that the Guillotines learned to let the sword guide their hands as much as they guided it, thus creating a mysterious symbiosis between them.
- The sword's name was confirmed in the Marvel Contest of Champions video game, for which both it and Guillotine were specifically created.
- The sword's name translates to "The Flower of Evil" in English. In French, "fleur" can also be used to refer to something that causes attraction or seduction.
- Les Fleurs du mal is the name of French poet Charles Baudelaire's most famous work.