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The Swordbearers of Arakko were chosen by Omniversal Majestrix Opal Luna Saturnyne to stand against the Swordbearers of Krakoa.


When the forces of Arakko, led by the First Horsemen of Apocalypse, entered Otherworld they ravaged Dryador. Using the External Gate, Apocalypse led a group of mutants to Otherworld where they were almost immediately ambushed by First Horsemen of Apocalypse and Summoner. To end the fighting, Omniversal Majestrix Opal Luna Saturnyne offered the Horsemen and the X-Men the opportunity to enter a tournament of champions. With no alternatives, both sides accepted the offer and Saturnyne magically implanted the tournament weapons and champions into the minds of Polaris and Pestilence.[1]

Summoner, Annihilation and War were among the chosen who already possessed their swords. With only three days prepare for battle, Annihilation commanded the Horsemen and Summoner to set about recruiting the other swordbearers and retrieving their swords. Summoner recruited Redroot by promising the tournament would end with the re-unification of Arakkoa and Krakoa, and recruited Bei the Bloodmoon with the promise of battle. War and Pestilence travelled to The Tower of Broken Will to release Solem, the slayer of War's husband. After being freed, Solem travelled to Hell and enlisted the aid of Wolverine to obtain the Muramasa Blade.[3][4] They also bought the services of the mercenary Pogg Ur-Pogg and recruited their aunt Isca the Unbeaten. Death and Famine recruited the White Sword with the promise to grant him any request of his choosing upon their victory, and retrieved Death's sword; the Black Bone of Amduat from an Amenthi temple. With their champions recruited and their weapons gathered, the swordbearers travelled to Otherworld to partake in the tournament.[2]

The Swordbearers of Arakko quickly managed to gain the upper hand against their Krakoan foes. Despite losing two of their champions; Death and Redroot during the course of the tournament, they took a commanding lead with the score at 18-6 ahead of the penultimate challenge; a duel between the White Sword and the Krakoan champion Gorgon. The White Sword chose to summon his soldiers to face Gorgon before personally taking him on. Gorgon managed to slay 13 of the White Sword's champions when Saturnyne announced that Krakoa had receieved a point for each slain champion, giving them a one-point lead. Only when War begged him to end it, did the White Sword personally kill Gorgon, evening the score.[5]

The final challenge was to be a duel between the Annihilation-controlled Genesis and her erstwhile husband Apocalypse. When Apocalypse gained the upper hand, Annihilation seized control of its host and summoned the armies of Amenth. [6] As chaos ensued, the swordbearers of Arakko were split on what to do. White Sword chose to depart the battlefield, stating he had come for a fight not a battle, and had won it. Bei, who had been wed to Krakoan swordbearer Cypher during one of the challenges chose to defect to her husband's side. The rest of the swordbearers, lead by Isca pursued the Krakoans and participated in the ensuing battle. [7]

While the Arakki and Amenthian forces seemed to have the upper hand, the intervention of the newly reformed Captain Britain Corps, the X-Men and the Vescora began to turn the tide in favor of the Krakoans. The battle was ended when Apocalypse managed to defeat Annihilation, seize control of it, and cede the tournament on its behalf, ending the conflict. [8]



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