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Cold Steel Hand and a Half Sword
Hand-and-a-Half Sword. For a sword of this size, it is fast and easy to control. It's 33.5 long blade and can deliver deep shearing cuts, yet it is pointed enough to be effective in thrusting attacks. Its long handle is usually made of wood and covered in black leather and is suitable for either a one or two-handed grip. The balance the length of the blade, the pommel is capped with a stopper which can be a lethal weapon in its own right.
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Amoracchius, "The Sword of Love", is one of the Swords of the Cross, wielded by the Knights of the Cross. It is first seen in Grave Peril.

Description Edit

It's one of three Holy "Swords of the Cross" made from the three nails of Christ's crucifixion. It's most recent permanent wielder was Michael Carpenter.

Features and characteristicsEdit

  • It has the form of a heavy European broad sword, and is five feet long in its black scabbard.[1]
  • It's a European greatsword, with a bloody nail worked into the hilt. It gives off its own light when used in combat, can cut through many enchantments, and is an incredibly powerful object of faith. (ref?)
  • The Sword rests in a humble black leather scabbard. The hilt is crusader-style, and bound in wire.[2]


  • It's been confirmed by the spirit of Sir Stuart that Amoracchius is also known as Excalibur.[3]
  • It's also the only one of the three swords that hasn't been reworked since its original forging.[4]
  • It seems to be temporarily wieldable by anyone,[5] but if used without pure intentions then the enchantments upon it will be broken, and the sword will shatter.
  • It circulates less than the other two Swords, however, and only makes appearances in times of great need. (ref?)

History Edit

Before the end of Small Favor, it was wielded by Michael Carpenter, but was then held in guardianship by Harry Dresden until a new bearer could be found. After the events of Changes, it was in the possession of Murphy.  

In the seriesEdit

Grave PerilEdit

Main article: Grave Peril

In Grave Peril,

Death MasksEdit

Main article: Death Masks

In Death Masks, [6]

Proven GuiltyEdit

Main article: Proven Guilty

In Proven Guilty, Michel tells Harry that The Original Merlin was another of the White Council who once was custodian of one the Swords of the Cross: Amoracchius. He suggested to Harry that he begin researching how Amoracchius was passed on, historically. [4]


Main article: Changes

In Changes, Harry allowed Susan Rodriguez to bear the Amoracchius for the purposes of rescuing her and Harry's daughter, Margaret Angelica from the Red Court and the Bloodline curse they plan to sacrifice her for at Chichén Itzá.[5] Inside the Temple of Kukulkan, Susan, at a key moment and under a veil, wields Amoracchius against the Red King cutting off his arm and stopping him from killing Maggie with the sacrificial knife.[7]

Ghost StoryEdit

Main article: Ghost Story

In Ghost Story], during a meeting of the Chicago Alliance, Daniel Carpenter lets slip in front of Felicia, a White Court vampire, that it was in the possession of Karrin Murphy, there in her home. He said: "Bring forth the Swords!" [8]

Cold DaysEdit

Main article: Cold Days

In Cold Days, Harry asked to its whereabouts and Murphy told Harry in no uncertain terms that she could no longer trust the sword in his care with his new mantle.[9]

Word of Butcher Edit

"The nails are visible--Harry does his best to convince himself that it's rust, not blood, on the nail in the hilt of Michael's sword in Grave Peril. They are worked in to the metal of the blade, at the base, just above the guard, point toward the end of the blade."

In the same forum post, the author describes Amoracchius as: "completely unadorned, pure function. Though it's possible that there may have been designs on the crossguard or hilt that have worn away over time."[10]

Harry has good reason to believe that Amoracchius is actually the same sword as Excalibur, the last sword entrusted to a wizard (The Original Merlin).

At the 2011 Marscon Q&A session, Jim was asked when we would find out who the new wielder would be for Amoracchius and he responded with:

"Amoracchius is gonna, uh…we’re gonna…(Jim chuckles evilly), that’s…that’s gonna be apocalypse time by the time Amoracchius comes off the shelf. Amoracchius is not one of those Swords that really rampages around the world very often, and when it does, you’ve heard about it, so…"[11]

Wielder Edit

The current wielder of the sword

  • None

Latest wielder of the sword

Latest used in action ('by 'o'rder): after leaving its wielder

Original wielder

  • Arthur Pendragon, King of Britain 


References Edit

  1. Grave Peril, ch. 01: "Michael unbuckled his seat belt, even before the car had come to a stop, and reached into the back seat to draw an enormous sword, fully five feet long in its black scabbard, from the backseat."
  2. Small Favor, ch. 15
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ghost Story, ch. 9
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Proven Guilty, ch. 47
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Changes, ch. 39
  6. Death Masks, ch. 06
  7. 7.0 7.1 Changes, ch. 48
  8. Ghost Story, ch. 9
  9. Cold Days, ch. 27
  10. Jim Butcher forum post
  11. Jim Butcher Q&A session at 2011 Marscon @3:50
  12. Death Masks, ch. 33

See alsoEdit

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