Emperor's Sword (Weapon)
Due to the nature of its creation, the Sword is anathema to the forces of Chaos and only the most powerful of Daemons can resist being destroyed by its mere touch. The sword is capable of giving a Daemon a True Death rather than simply banishing them to the Warp. Indeed, in the Emperor's skilled hands, the Sword destroyed thousands of daemonic creatures during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy and even ended the life of the traitorous Warmaster Horus himself. However, the Emperor was nearly killed in that final battle with his Son and afterwards he was forced to be interred within the Golden Throne to survive his mortal wounds. As for the the Sword itself, it was placed within its scabbard and rested upon one of the Emperor's knees for ten millennia, until the beginning of the Thirteenth Black Crusade.
Abaddon the Despoiler's latest onslaught against the Imperium, saw the rebirth of the Primarch Roboute Guilliman and the Avenging Son was given his Father's weapon by Belisarius Cawl to aid him in saving the Emperor's empire. It would go on to become the Primarch's primary weapon and, despite no longer being wielded by the Emperor, the Sword still contains an essence of its creator's immense power. Due to this, Guilliman has noted that he feels the presence of his Father whenever he wields the Sword and thinks there are still secrets to the weapon that only the Emperor knows how to unleash.
- 1: Dark Imperium (Novel), Chapter 22
- 2: Gathering Storm: Rise of the Primarch, pgs. 128-129
- 3: Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition Rulebook, pgs. 154-158