Appearing in "X of Swords: Chapter 03"
- Wolverine (Logan) (Main story and flashback)
- First Horsemen of Apocalypse
- Swordbearers of Arakko (First appearance)
- Solem (First appearance) (Joins group)
- The Hand (Only in flashback)
- Quiet Council of Krakoa (Mentioned)
- Polaris (Lorna Dane) (Mentioned)
- Itsu (Only in recap)
- Daken (Only in recap)
- Bracken (Mentioned) (Name first revealed) (Deceased)
- Summoner (Mentioned)
- Opal Luna Saturnyne (Mentioned)
- Unnamed Japanese thugs and servants
- Scarlet Samurai (Mariko Yashida) (Only in flashback)
- Yakuza (Only in flashback)
- Kiyoshi Sato (Only in flashback) (First appearance)
- Beast (Name only)
- Mad Jim Jaspers (Name only)
Races and Species:
- Prime Marvel Universe (Main story and flashback)
- Hell Forge (First appearance) (Unnamed)
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- Pacific Ocean
- Japan (Only in flashback)
- The Tower of Broken Will (First appearance)
- Otherworld (Mentioned)
- Wolverine's Suit
- Vermilion (Unnamed)
- Flowers of Krakoa
- Hellblade (First appearance)
- Muramasa Blade (Mentioned)
- Shinto Kakemono
Synopsis for "X of Swords: Chapter 03"
Having deduced that one of the prophecies spoken by Polaris referred to him and the Muramasa Blade, Wolverine prepares to seek out the blade in order to participate in the coming tournament. Before departing, he speaks to Krakoa, telling the island that he knows Krakoa wanted the External Gate open because it knew this would lead to war, and that while he will participate in this war because he believes the mutants now have something to fight for, he will never trust Krakoa again.
In order to find his blade, Wolverine decides to seek out its missing creator, Muramasa himself, who forged the original Muramasa Blade from a shard of Wolverine's soul. He seeks out the Silver Samurai to learn Muramasa's fate. The Silver Samurai is offended that he was not called as a champion in the tournament, and the two duel. After Wolverine wins, the Silver Samurai tells him what he knows.
Meanwhile, the Horsemen of War and Pestilence travel to the Tower of Broken Will in order to seek out Solem, one of Arakko's champions chosen by Saturnyne's prophecy. Solem was imprisoned over a hundred years ago for killing War's husband Bracken in a duel. War expects to find Solem broken from his years in solitude, but finds him in good spirits. He reveals that various denizens of Arakko have come throughout the years to bring him food, gifts and entertainment. Satisfied merely that War has come to ask for his help, as he told her she would when she imprisoned him, Solem accepts their offer, effortlessly breaks free from his chains, and leaves to find the sword that was prophesized for him; the Muramasa Blade.
Following the Silver Samurai's intel, Wolverine has travelled around Japan to find Muramasa. He finds his remains in a Hand temple, and realizes that just as a breach between Arakko and Krakoa has opened, so has a breach between Earth and Hell, where he will find Muramasa.
X OF SWORDS, PART 3
Descent. Penance. A legendary power reclaimed.