Monday, March 15, 2021

Backstabber and Betrayals: A Sword by Any Other Name

 Who is the greatest backstabber of all time? For me that's easy, Stormbringer, the sword that is both bane and blessing to Elric of Melnibone, the "hero" of Michael Moorcock's Elric series. Stormbringer is a sword and so much more. every time the blade kills someone it pulls the soul from its victim into itself and feeds a part of that energy into Elric. The problem, aside from the possible guilt of feasting on sous, is that the sword prefers the flavor of Elric's companions and loved ones to that of his enemies. 

You really, really need to read these stories of Moorcock's Eternal Champion.