Not much is known about this object of power (as of yet) that seemingly it at least just as powerful as the Swords of the Cross, wielded by the White God's own chosen Knights. It has been suggested that the knife is not important because of any specific enchantment or material intrinsic to the knife, but (like the Swords of the Cross) powerful because of it's connection to a previous owner. The Swords are connected to Christ, and the Athame, the Leanansidhe suggests, is likewise connected to a powerful being. The Author has confirmed it was owned at one point by Morgan LeFay, and it gained more power than it may have already possessed by being present and employed in serious workings of Power performed by the original Merlin's fabled rival.
"Bianca presented her with a small black case. Lea opened it, and a slow tremble ran down her body, made her flame-red hair shift and glisten. My godmother closed it again and said, "A princely gift. Happily, as is the custom of my people, I have brought a matter of equal worth, to exchange with you.”
"A belt made from a twisted braid of silken threads of gold wound around her waist, and a dark-handled knife rested on a slant at her hip through a loop in the belt."
"She rested her fingers lightly on the knife’s hilt. "Don’t cheapen it. This athame was no creation of theirs. And it was less a gift than a trade.” Amoracchius and that thing are in the same league?"
"The gown was belted with a woven silver rope, and a slightly curved, single-edged knife of some dark, glassy material hung at an angle through it."
This athame has been referred to as a treacherous gift by the Leanansidhe, and has been in the possession of the Leanansidhe and Mab, both of whom were corrupted to different extents in the aftermath. Lea spent years in Winter's Wellspring at the heart of Mab's garden in Arctis Tor, and Mab has only recently mastered her unfathomable fury to the point where her spoken voice is no longer aneurysm inducing.
In the SeriesEdit
Mab has possession of Medea's Bodkin, which was used by Harry Dresden to execute Lloyd Slate upon the Stone Table as part of the ritual to assume the mantle of the Winter Knight. Mab may have disposed of the influence of the Athame by trading for Medea's Bodkin.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Grave Peril, ch. 29
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Summer Knight, ch. 23
- ↑ Dead Beat, ss.186
- ↑ Dead Beat, ch. 87
- ↑ Changes, ch. 30
- Ritual (magic)
- Circle of Power
- Focus (magic)
- Stone Table
- Category: Magic
- Magical objects - Dresden Files Category
- Bianca's Ball
- Lloyd Slate