Sunday, April 12, 2015

Book of Stone: Sword of Lu Dongbin

For April, Stone is celebrating the A to Z Blog Challenge with daily letter-themed entries. A separate page with a list of all these entries, plus Character Profiles and Book Synopses will appear on the right hand side of the page in coming weeks, detailing the people, places and things of the Stone Soldiers universe.

Part of China's past, the Eight Immortals were legendary figures who transcended humanity. Each carried objects that became imbued with otherworldly powers during their lifetimes.

After their death, these Immortal objects passed through many hands, ultimately ending up in the possession of the Imperial family.

In 2014, Rogue General Zhou Zheng Duan stole the Immortals' artifacts from the vault beneath the Forbidden Citty (SS08: Terrorcota). Among these ancient, dark artifacts was the sword of Lu Dongbin.

Abel to cut through virtually any material, the sword seeme unbreakable, and also bestowed upon the user the same mastery of use as Lu Dongbin had possessed himself.

The sword was eventually damaged--the blade broken partway down its length. However, despite this break, the sword retained its ability to imbue the user with combat skills and its nearly monomolecular cutting edge.

The sword was confiscated by Detachment 1039 and is presumed to be under study at the Fox Island research station.

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