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“Increases strength by 5 pts.”
—In-game description, Rekka no Ken
Durandal (デュランダル, Dyurandaru, also known as the Blazing Sword), is the legendary weapon wielded by the Champion Roland during the Scouring. As with the other legendary weapons, Durandal is effective in slaying Dragons and their distant cousins, Wyverns.
Durandal's origins are mysterious, but what is known is that the sword was wielded by Roland, one of the Eight Heroes who partook in the purging of the dragons during The Scouring. Although used to defend humanity against the dragons, it was theorised that Durandal and the other legendary weapons, as a result of the immensity of the power that they possessed, was responsible for inducing an distorting the balance of the elements present within the atmosphere, a calamity that eventually led to the occurrence of what is hailed as The Ending Winter. The war eventually ended when the Demon Dragon Idenn was sealed away by Hartmut. In a similar light to the Sword of Seals, Durandal was also sealed away, albeit in a cave north of Ostia, alongside ephemeral fragments of the souls of Georg and a few selected soldiers, that whom served the principal purpose of standing guard over the blade.
Fire Emblem: Rekka no KenEdit
The seal was eventually disturbed by Eliwood and his companions, seeking the legendary blade in order to vanquish the Dark Druid Nergal. Georg and the guardians engage Eliwood's group to judge their worth. Upon being defeated by Eliwood and a few of his trusted allies, Georg realized that Eliwood and his compatriots Lyn and Hector were descendants of the Roland, and that Eliwood were nearly as one. The Durandal was then bequeathed to Eliwood by Roland's spirit. Upon exiting the cave, Eliwood unwittingly triggered its dragon-slaying powers when Ninian appeared in her true ice dragon form. After she breathed her last, a bereaved Eliwood could not bring himself to wield the weapon when Nergal's morphs infiltrated Castle Ostia, out of fear of the blade's ability to seemingly attack on its own. After resolving to avenge Ninian, he later used the blade in battle against Nergal, his resurrected morphs of their deadliest foes, and the Fire Dragon Nergal summoned in his final, vengeful moments. After the Dragon is defeated, the blade was returned to its original resting location and resealed, albeit without its guardians to monitor it.
Fire Emblem: Binding BladeEdit
After rescuing Hector's daughter, Lilina, from a traitorous Ostian general, Roy and the Lycian Army quickly hastened to the tomb of Roland, where, after defeating a group of bandits that had settled within the cave, unearthed the Blazing Sword once more, this time for to fight against the Manaketes Bern had summoned to fight in its army. The sword, when gathered together alongside its other divine brethren, linked with the hallowed energies contained within the cores of the weapons to create a ray of light - One that unsealed the fabled Dragon Temple, where Idenn, Brunya, and Jahn resided prepared to exterminate humanity, returning Elibe to the Dragons.
The blade's fate after Idenn's defeat is unknown, although it is likely that it was resealed once again.
*Preference = Eliwood
|Event||Ch. 8x - The sword will be passed into the hands of Roy's army at the end of the chapter.|
- Durandal is featured in front of Armads on the title screen of Rekka no Ken.
- When equipped by Eliwood, Durandal causes him to assume a fighting style completely different from what he is normally accustomed to, due to its large size. When in battle the song Blessing of the Eight Generals will play, in emphasis of the blade's power, legacy, and role in ending Nergal's madness.
- In the beta version of Rekka no Ken, the sprite designed for Durandal is much shorter in length and more slender width. In addition to this, the sword is not bound to Eliwood, as Lyn is also able to wield it, complete with a unique attack animation that shows its heavyweight nature.
- It is also to be noted that if Eliwood wields the Durandal blade in his unpromoted form, no special animation will play when he fights.
According to the myths of the French medieval period, Durandal (or Durindana) is the name of the iconic sword that is brandished by the French Paladin Roland, mightiest of the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne. According to "La Chanson de Roland" (The Song of Roland), the most famous French medieval poem, the sword was once the property of Hector of Troy, and contains within its hilt several sacred Christian relics: The tooth of Saint Peter, the blood of Saint Basil, a lock of hair of Saint Denis (patron saint of France), and a shard of the raiment of the Virgin Mary.
At the end of "La Chanson de Roland," as Roland lays dying in Roncesvalles Pass, he attempts to destroy Durandal in a desperate bid to prevent it from falling into the nefarious hands of the pagans. This attempt proved to be one that is partaken in vain - As the indestructible nature of the sword caused it to sustain naught any irreparable damage when it is smashed against the canyon wall. As if to further ridicule the feebleness of Roland's futile attempt, the act of smashing the sword instead yielded a gargantuan crack in the wall - Renowned to be "La Breche de Roland" in the context of today's world.