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


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.[2]

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Magik taking her place in the Voltus Glade as a Swordbearer of Krakoa

After returning to Krakoa and discovering that Rockslide's death in Otherworld was permanent, Polaris constructed a casting circle in the Voltus Glade to transport the Swordbearers of Krakoa to the tournament.[1]

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Cable joining the other Swordbearers of Krakoa in the Voltus Glade

With only three days prepare for battle, the chosen swordbearers set out to gather their swords. Wolverine had to travel to Hell and enlist the aid of Solem to obtain the Muramasa Blade.[10][8] Storm travelled to Wakanda, where she stole the Skybreaker after being told she would not be able to use it.[7] Already armed with their swords, Magik used her Soulsword to train Cypher and Warlock.[6] Cable was also called back to Krakoa from The Peak with The Light of Galador.[4] Knowing of the prophecy, Brian Braddock unearthed the Sword of Might from its burial spot beneath the Braddock Lighthouse, and after deceiving Saturyne, Betsy Braddock obtain the Starlight Sword. Together, Betsy as Captain Britain and Brian as Captain Avalon join the other swordbearers armed with the Starlight Sword and Sword of Might respectively. Despite their apparent destruction, Gorgon was able to regain both Grasscutter and Godkiller. Finally, after recovering from injuries, Apocalypse went to the Temple of the Horsemen, where he retrieved and resembled the Scarab.[3]

With their swords gathered and their champions assembled, the swordbearers of Krakoa travelled to Otherworld. While they fought valiantly in a series of contests, they soon began to fall behind in the scores as the Swordbearers of Arakko gained the upper hand. Ahead of the penultimate challenge; a duel between Gorgon and the White Sword the Arakkii side led with a score of 18-6. Declaring that Gorgon would need to face his soldiers first, the White Sword sent out waves of them to face Gorgon. Gorgon managed to kill 13 of them, whereupon Saturnyne declared that Krakoa had receieved a point for each soldier slain, giving them a one-point lead. White Sword finished a grievously wounded Gorgon off, tying the score at 19-19.[11]

The final challenge was to be between Apocalypse and his erstwhile wife Genesis, possessed by the dark elder god of Amenth; Annihilation. Apocalypse gained the upper hand in the duel, but refused to kill his wife, prompting Annihilation to seize control of her and summon its horde of demons. Apocalypse and the other Krakoan swordbearers retreated and prepared to face the might of Amenth and the remaining Arakkii swordbearers. The ensuing battle seemed doomed, but the swordbearers were reinforced by the newly reforged Captain Britain Corps, the X-Men and the Vescora, allowing them to stand against the Amenthi hordes. Apocalypse found Annihilation on the battlefield and disarmed it, ripping the Golden Helm from his wife and donning it himself. He merged with Annihilation but managed to control it and ceded the tournament on its behalf, granting Krakoa the victory.[12]



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