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CG image of the Durandal blade, derived from the main logo of Rekka no Ken itself.
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 Roland 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. At first, Roland and his guardians received them with a reception that was threateningly hostile, compelling them to challenge the crusaders to a battle to gauge their competency. Upon being defeated by Eliwood and a few of his trusted allies in combat, Roland came to the sudden realisation that Eliwood and his compatriots Lyn and Hector were blood descendants of the patrician Lycian lineage. The blade of Durandal was then bequeathed to Eliwood, that whom, upon vacating the cave, unwittingly triggered its dragon-slaying powers upon encountering Ninian in her true ice dragon form. As she breathes her last, a bereaved Eliwood later used the blade to avenge her death by killing Nergal, his morph army, and the Fire Dragon summoned as a result of his actions. After the confrontation with Nergal concludes, the blade was returned to its original resting location and resealed.
Fire Emblem: Binding BladeEdit
With aid from Hector's daughter, Lilina, Roy the Lycian Army quickly hastened to the tomb of Roland, where, upon encountering a group of bandits that had settled within the cave, proceeded to eliminate them, effectively preventing them from pilfering the treasured Durandal blade. The blade was then unearthed once again, this time for the express purpose of aiding Roy's army against the threat of the Manaketes manifesting within Bern's ranks. The sword, when gathered together alongside its other divine brethren, catalytically induced the hallowed energies contained within their cores to combine briefly and contrive a ray of light - One that points towards the location of the fabled Dragon Temple, where Idenn, Brunya, and Jahn resided.
The blade's fate after Idenn's demise is one that is, as of yet, unknown, although it is probable that it was resealed once again.
|Durandal||Sword||S||20||17||90%||0%||1||12||1||-||Increases its wielder's Strength by 5; Effective against Wyvern Riders, Wyvern Lords, and Manaketes.|
|Durandal||Sword||Prf*||20||17||90%||0%||1||16||1||-||Increases its wielder's Strength by 5; Effective against Wyvern Riders, Wyvern Lords, and the Fire Dragon.|
*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 that is wholly disparate from what he is normally accustomed to, due to its large size. At the same time, the music Blessing of the Eight Generals will play, an indication of how crucial the sword is to 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 in girth. In addition to this, the sword is one that can be used by more than just 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 when Eliwood wields the Durandal blade in his unpromoted form, any battles that he wages with it will not yield any unique animations of any sort, only appearing as he would when wielding a normal sword.
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.