sword_of_ravian-birdmenthuria-main SWORD of RAVIANsword_of_ravian-birdmenthuria-ravian

Classification: Magic item (Swords of Sorcerous Might)

Creator: Unrevealed;
    created in the pre-Cataclysmic era, sometime prior to 18,500 BC)

Possessors: Kull of Atlantis and Valusia, Ravian;

First AppearanceKull the Conqueror III#2 (July, 1983)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Forged of an unidentified metal fallen from Earth's ancient skies, Ravian at least believed it to draw power from the Amulet of Ka

    The sword can reflect the eyebeams of the guardian of the Amulet of Ka .

    The sword could also slay a member of the Bird-Men of Thuria who were otherwise rendered virtually immortal by the Amulet of Ka.

History:

(Kull the Conqueror III#2 (fb) - BTS) <Sometime prior to 18,500 BC> - At some point (either before or after the defeat by the humans), Ravian, the leader of the Bird Men of Thuria, obtained a sword, forged of metal fallen from Earth's ancient skies and allegedly powered by the Amulet of Ka.

(Kull the Conqueror III#2 - BTS) <18,500 BC> - After Tu, the chief councilor of Valusia's King Kull, was gravely wounded in southern Verulia, Kull -- accompanied by his long-time ally Brule and others, including Akreon -- followed advice from Kull's physician (a Verulian "Master Leech") to seek out the Amulet of Ka to save Tu. 

(Kull the Conqueror III#2) - After reaching the mountain keep of the Bird Men of Thuria and announcing their goal to Ravian, Kull and his associates were assaulted by Ravian's nephew, Vultus, who generated illusions of numerous attacking Bird Men. 

    The fight was interrupted by Ravian, but Vultus insisted he would never forsake his golden dream of the past. Noting that they had outlived the past and that the future was no longer theirs, Ravian drew his sword, and instructed Vultus to resign himself to let the amulet pass from them. After Vultus defied and challenged Ravian, the king stabbed Vultus in the chest, telling him that the sword would be his final rebuke, as it granted violent death in the name of the Amulet of Ka itself. As Vultus died, his seeming warriors vanished, and Ravian confirmed that these had been mere illusions raised by magic. sword_of_ravian-birdmenthuria-kull-reflectsword_of_ravian-birdmenthuria-kull

    Ravian then advised Kull and his allies to hasten as the moon was risen and the Amulet of Ka. Noting his sword to have been forged of metal fallen from the Earth's ancient skies, Ravian gave it to Kull to aid him in his efforts, and he gave Kull and each of his allies a shield, as well.

     Atop the Bird Men's mountain, when the Guardian of the Amulet of Ka fired its eyeblasts at Kull, Kull reflected its "obscene fire" back at the Guardian with Ravian's sword, and the blast caused the Guardian to drop into the ocean below.

    Leaning his seeming ally, Akreon, had mortally wounded Brule and sought to slay Kull as well, Kull tossed Ravian's sword over his shoulder before fighting and slaying Akreon with his axe.

Comments: Created by Created by Alan Zelentz, John Buscema, Dan Green, and Joe Chiodo.

    The Sword of Ravian is pictured -- with Ravian battling and ultimately slaying Vultus with it -- in Vultus' profile.

    It would be a really cool use of continuity if the Raven's Eye turned out to be Ravian's Ka-powered sword.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Sword of Ravian
should be distinguished from:



images
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Kull the Conqueror III#2, pg. 28, panel 5 (with sword; main - close-up of sword; whole image used as well);
        pg. 31, panel 5 (Guardian of Amulet of Ka blasting at sword-wielding Kull);
        pg. 32, panel 1 (Kull reflecting Guardian's blast back at it)


Appearances:
Kull the Conqueror III#2 (July, 1983) - Alan Zelentz (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Dan Green & Joe Chiodo (inkers), Ralph Macchio (editor)


First posted02/15/2022
Last updated: 02/15/2022

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