Xcalibr in Zhakal.

The Mystic Sword (聖剣, Seiken?, lit. Holy Sword) is a group of swords that the Masters fear in Final Fantasy Legend III. Masa left Cirrus in search for the Mystic Swords. It is also said that King Clamin is looking for them.

All four Mystic Swords possess a special property. The Mystic property causes double damage against certain bosses and undead enemies. They can harm even enemies who are strong against physical damage. This monster trait remains hidden since there is no damaging enemy ability associated with this property. It inflicts double damage to Ghost-type monsters, Anubis-type beasts, Dahak, Jorgandr, Dwelg, Agron, Ballor, Sol, and Xagor.

List of Mystic Swords[edit | edit source]

Durend[edit | edit source]

The first Mystic Sword is found in at the top of Mt. Hasbid and the player has to fight and defeat Guha to get it. It's acquired in the chest after the battle. Durend is the weakest of the four swords with an attack power of 75.

Xcalibr[edit | edit source]

The second Mystic Sword is found in Zhakal, lying in wait to be drawn by a special girl. Masa awaits within the town until this special girl comes to draw the sword from the stone. Faye draws the Mystic Sword Xcalibr for Arthur to use against the Masters. Xcalibr is the strongest of the four swords with an attack power of 170.

Masmune[edit | edit source]

To acquire the Masmune, the player will need to find the Muramas obtainable within the Crevasse. Inside, there is a chest containing the cursed sword Muramas. Bringing back the cursed sword to Masa, he'll remove the curse and Arthur will obtained the Mystic Sword Masmune. Masmune is the second strongest of the four swords with an attack power of 100.

Emperor[edit | edit source]

The Mystic Sword Emperor has three components that are scattered across Pureland. The Emblem is found in one of the Mushrooms in the Underworld, and the Crystal is found in the West Tower also in the Underworld. The last piece, Katana is given by a man in Donmac. Bringing all these back to Masa, he'll use the three treasures to forge the Mystic Sword Emperor. Emperor is the second weakest of the four swords with an attack power of 75.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The three items that create the Emperor, the "Katana" (Tsurugi), the "Crystal" (Kagami), and the "Emblem" (Magatama) are the Imperial Regalia of Japan. The regalia represent the three primary virtues: valor (the sword), wisdom (the mirror), and benevolence (the jewel). The three other Mystic Swords are related to important swords from history and mythology: the Durend is based on the Durendal, the Xcalibr is based on Excalibur, and the Masmune is based on the Masamune.

Durendal is a holy sword in The Song of Roland, an old French literary piece. The sword is said to contain within its hilt one tooth of Saint Peter, blood of Saint Basil, a hair of Saint Denis, and a piece of the raiment of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is said to be able to cut solid boulders in half with a single strike.

The Excalibur is King Arthur's sword, the one he obtained from the Lady in the Lake, after the one he pulled from the stone broke. Excalibur itself is thought to be derived from Caladbolg, which in itself may be drawn from the Welsh Caledfwlch, which can be latinised as Caliburnus. The legends state the sword was virtually peerless and only passed to the chosen. However, King Arthur was mortally wounded while wielding the sword by his son, Mordred in the battle of Camlann. Upon his death, it was either Sir Lancelot or Sir Griflet who, after much hesitation about discarding such a powerful sword, returned the Excalibur to the Lady in the Lake.

The Masamune is named after Masamune Okazaki, a legendary Japanese blacksmiths of the Kamakura Era employed under the Kamakura Shogunate. He was famous for his forging process of soshu kitae and nijuba, the strongest method for the body of katana, layering different consistencies of carbon steel for tensile composition and in such a way they were forged twice, and cultivating the aesthetics of katana through having refined and merged traits of quality with those of beauty.

His works were often compared to those of Muramasa, though always the better of the two. According to legend, the two swordsmiths set a sword of their making into a nearby stream as contest to see who made the better sword, with Masamune's blade said to have ignored all things that came near it. Though Muramasa belittled Masamune, a monk came to be the final judge and praised Masamune's swords for having benevolence. From this tale, Masamunes are said to be the marks of an internal peaceful and calm warrior, the opposite of Muramasas.

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