Barbarisater was a powerful force sword carried by Arianhrod Esw Sweydyr, a retainer of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn. The sword measured nearly 1 1/2 metres in length, and had been carried by the Esq Sweydyr tribe of Carthae for nineteen generations. The sword's powers were enhanced by Arianhrod's psychic abilities, and seems to have been semi-sentient, learning from its mistress, and vice-versa.[1a]
After Arianhrod was killed on Lethe Eleven by a Dark Eldar haemonculus, Eisenhorn placed the sword in his personal safe, knowing he was duty bound to return it to the tribal leaders on Carthae.[1b] However, after his own power sword was snapped by Cherubael, Eisenhorn used Barbarisater to combat the Radical Inquisitor Quixos. Before confronting Quixos, Eisenhorn approached Magos Geard Bure on Cinchare, who etched the blade with special pentagrammic wards and enhanced the psychic veins, to increase the sword's effectiveness against daemons, knowing that Quixos was served by at least two powerful daemonhosts, Cherubael and Prophaniti. Magos Bure, an expert in metallurgy, marveled at the sword's craftsmanship, remarking to Eisenhorn that the steel had been folded and beaten to such a high density that Bure wore out eight adamantium drill bits performing the etching on only one side of the blade.[1c]
The weapon saved Eisenhorn's life in his battle with Quixos; although it was snapped in two by Quixos's daemonsword, Kharnagar, the broken point had absorbed enough of Eisenhorn's intent to drive itself into the rogue Inquisitor's chest, impaling him through the heart.[1d]
Eisenhorn later had expert metallurgists re-forge the sword, re-attaching the broken point and converting it into a shorter, more rapier-like weapon. In his hands, it was also highly useful for sensing the taint of Chaos, beyond even what his formidable psyker abilities could detect.
- 1: Malleus (Novel) - Eisenhorn (Omnibus) by Dan Abnett:
- 2: Backcloth For A Crown Additional (Short Story) by Dan Abnett
- 3: Thorn Wishes Talon (Short Story) by Dan Abnett