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Dragonelf68

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#1 8 years ago

Because he made himself a sword out of fucking meteorites.

ENGLISH fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett says he was so excited after being knighted by the Queen that he decided to make his own sword to equip himself for his new status. It was not enough, however, simply to find some metal and get a blacksmith to bash it into shape. Pratchett, believing the sword would not truly be his own unless it was made from metal he had produced, found a field with deposits of iron ore near his home in Wiltshire, west of London. He gathered the deposits and smelted the iron ore himself. The author, 62, who has sold about 65 million copies of his books, which include the Discworld series, said: "Most of my life I've been producing stuff which is intangible and so it's amazing the achievement you feel when you have made something which is really real." With help from his friend Jake Keen — an expert on ancient metal-making techniques — the author dug up 81kg of ore and smelted it in the grounds of his house, using a makeshift kiln built from clay and hay and fuelled with damp sheep manure. Pratchett, who has Alzheimer's disease, also said he had thrown in "several pieces of meteorites — thunderbolt iron, you see — highly magical, you’ve got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not". After days of hammering the metal into bars, he took it to a blacksmith, whom he helped to shape it into a blade, which was finished with silverwork. Pratchett has stored the sword, which he completed last year, in a secret location, apparently concerned about the authorities taking an interest in it. He said: "It annoys me that knights aren’t allowed to carry their swords. That would be knife crime."

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#2 8 years ago

Terry Pratchett is my favourite author ever, I love his work so much. This story is amazing, and he deserves to be able to carry his sword with him everywhere.




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#3 8 years ago

The only sword able to deflect magic missile.

Muse Syndrome;5397661Terry Pratchett is my favourite author ever, I love his work so much. This story is amazing, and he deserves to be able to carry his sword with him everywhere.

I couldn't help but take dirty meaning from this sentence.




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#4 8 years ago

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#5 8 years ago
Pratchett has stored the sword, which he completed last year, in a secret location, apparently concerned about the authorities taking an interest in it.

In other words, he shoved it into a rock, left the rock in a lake, and now he's going to lay claim to Avalon. Clever man.




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#6 8 years ago
Serio;5397689In other words, he shoved it into a rock, left the rock in a lake, and now he's going to lay claim to Avalon. Clever man.

Terry, King of the who?

Certainly unique and cool. I wonder what kind of stats a meteorite forged blade has? Does it do plus damage against aliens? Or more realistically how useful is it against more conventionally crafted blades?


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#7 8 years ago

It's probably more sturdy then regular swords.


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#8 8 years ago

He should let someone use it in a demonstration to put on YouTube.