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Stormbringer (Lancer, 1967)
Stormbringer (Lancer, 1967)

Stormbringer is the name of the infamous black sword featured in a number of fantasy stories by the author Michael Moorcock. Created by the forces of chaos, it is described as a huge, black sword covered with strange runes carved deep into its blade. It is wielded by the doomed albino emperor Elric of Melniboné. Download high resolution version (386x640, 85 KB)Stormbringer (Lancer, 1967) cover This image is a book cover. ... Download high resolution version (386x640, 85 KB)Stormbringer (Lancer, 1967) cover This image is a book cover. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... It has been suggested that War-sword be merged into this article or section. ... For other definitions of fantasy see fantasy (psychology). ... Michael John Moorcock (born December 18, 1939, in London, England) is a prolific English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... A rune can mean a single character in the Runic alphabet as well as an inscription of several runic charcters or symbols. ... Albinism is a genetic condition resulting in a lack of pigmentation in the eyes, skin and hair. ... Elric as depicted in Weird of the White Wolf (Berkeley Books, 1983) Elric of Melniboné (pronounced mel-NIH-boh-nay) is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock. ...


Chaosium’s role-playing game set in the world of Elric is also called Stormbringer. One edition was published as Elric!. Chaosium is one of the longer lived publishers of role_playing games still in existence. ... A role-playing game (RPG, often roleplaying game) is a type of game in which the participants assume the roles of fictional characters and collaboratively create or follow stories. ... The Stormbringer role-playing game (aka Elric!) from Chaosium puts the players in the world of the Young Kingdoms, based on the Elric of Melniboné books by Michael Moorcock. ...

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This powerful enchanted black blade is a member of a demon race that takes on the form of a sword, and as such is a force of chaos and evil. Stormbringer's edge is capable of cutting through virtually any material not protected by potent sorcery, and it can kill any unprotected human in one swing. Its most distinctive features are that it is sentient (if not sapient), with a mind and will of its own, and that it feeds upon the souls of those it kills. Elric loathes the sword but is almost helpless without the strength and vitality it confers him. Sentience is the capacity for basic consciousness -- the ability to feel or perceive, not necessarily including the faculty of self-awareness. ... Sapience is the ability of an organism or entity to act with judgment. ... For other uses, see Mind (disambiguation). ... Intent in law is the planning and desire to perform an act. ... The soul, acording to many religious and philosophical traditions, is a self-aware ethereal substance particular to a unique living being. ... Elric as depicted in Weird of the White Wolf (Berkeley Books, 1983) Elric of Melniboné (pronounced mel-NIH-boh-nay) is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock. ... The magnitude of physical strength, often referred to as just strength, determines the ability of a person or animal to exert force on physical objects using muscles. ...


Stormbringer’s hunger for souls is such that it frequently betrays Elric by creating a bloodlust in Elric, turning in his hands and killing friends and lovers. The cursed nature of the sword adds to Elric’s guilt and self-loathing even as he feels pleasure when the stolen lifeforce enters his body.


Stormbringer has a ‘brother’ sword named Mournblade, which was at one time wielded by Elric’s cousin and enemy Yyrkoon. It is identical to Stormbringer in most regards. Later stories reveal that there are thousands of identical demons, all taking the form of swords. Mournblade is the twin of Elric of Melnibonés vampiric runeblade, Stormbringer. ...


In Elric of Melniboné, Elric and cousin Yyrkoon find the runeblades in a realm of Limbo and commence battle. Elric and Stormbringer disarm Yyrkoon, and Mournblade disappears. Yyrkoon is defeated, and Elric and his cousin return to Imrryr. Biography French metal band, created in 1995 by four members : Stéphane Souteyrand (guitar & keyboards), Laurent Harrouart (drums), Paul Banas (vocals & guitar) and Sébastien Caron (bass guitar). ... This article is about the theological concept. ... Biography French metal band, created in 1995 by four members : Stéphane Souteyrand (guitar & keyboards), Laurent Harrouart (drums), Paul Banas (vocals & guitar) and Sébastien Caron (bass guitar). ...


In The Weird of the White Wolf, Elric returns to Imrryr after a long journey and confronts Yyrkoon, who usurped the throne in his absence. Yyrkoon has regained Mournblade through unknown means and uses it to attack. Elric and Stormbringer kill Yyrkoon, and no further mention is made of Mournblade. All of Imrryr is destroyed by invading forces, so it seems that Mournblade shares the city's fate. Biography French metal band, created in 1995 by four members : Stéphane Souteyrand (guitar & keyboards), Laurent Harrouart (drums), Paul Banas (vocals & guitar) and Sébastien Caron (bass guitar). ... Biography French metal band, created in 1995 by four members : Stéphane Souteyrand (guitar & keyboards), Laurent Harrouart (drums), Paul Banas (vocals & guitar) and Sébastien Caron (bass guitar). ... Biography French metal band, created in 1995 by four members : Stéphane Souteyrand (guitar & keyboards), Laurent Harrouart (drums), Paul Banas (vocals & guitar) and Sébastien Caron (bass guitar). ...


In Stormbringer, Elric learns that the representatives of Fate, which serve neither Chaos or Law, recovered Mournblade from the netherworld. They present it to Elric and explain that the runeblades were designed to be wielded by those with Melnibonéan royal blood as a check against the might of the Dead Gods of Chaos. Elric gives Mournblade to his kinsman, Dyvim Slorm, and the two men become embroiled in a confrontation between the gods. Elric summons others of Stormbringer’s demonic race (also in the form of swords) to fight against a number of Dukes of Hell, brought to the Young Kingdoms by Jagreen Lern, theocrat of Pan Tang.


Ultimately, Elric's reliance on Stormbringer proves his undoing: after the utter destruction of the Young Kingdoms in the battle of Law and Chaos, just as it seems that the cosmic Balance has been restored, Stormbringer kills Elric, transforms into a humanoid demon, and leaps laughing into the sky, to corrupt the newly-remade world once more.


Books by Moorcock about Stormbringer

  • The Stealer of Souls (1963)
  • The Singing Citadel (1970)
  • Elric at the End of Time (1984)
  • Elric of Melniboné (1972) [1]
  • The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (1976)
  • The Weird of the White Wolf (1977)
  • The Vanishing Tower (1970) [2]
  • The Bane of the Black Sword (1977)
  • Stormbringer (1965)
  • The Fortress of the Pearl (1989)
  • The Revenge of the Rose (1991)

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Game influences

  • Stormbringer makes an unofficial appearance in the computer role-playing game NetHack, with many of the same attributes that it possesses in Moorcock's works such as a tendency to attack targets (including allies) by itself and sucking the force of the living beings that it hits.
  • A number of Stormbringer-like vampiric swords appear in the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, most notably in the adventure White Plume Mountain, whose cover art features a pale-skinned elf wielding a black blade called Blackrazor.
  • In the computer game Drakan: Order of the Flame there is a sword that the player can collect known as the Mournblade. In its sequel, Drakan: The Ancients' Gates, there is a similar weapon called the "Mournbringer."
  • In the Warcraft mythos, Arthas (a prince who betrays his country and becomes undead, ending up looking rather like Elric) wields Frostmourne, a soul-stealing runeblade.
  • In Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark, it is possible to find a black sapient sword in the midst of Undermountain, which contains the soul of a previous adventurer named Enserric; not only does it heal the player's character when it strikes enemies, but it is also capable of holding a conversation with the player or changing its shape.
  • The King of Fighters series by SNK features a character named Heidern, who possesses a special move called the Storm Bringer, in which he uses his hand to drain the opponent's energy (life) through his/her chest. The energy taken instantly refills Heidern's own energy bar.
  • There is a unique weapon in Guild Wars Nightfall named The Stormbringer, though the name may be coincidental as the weapon is a elementalist staff and not a sword.
  • Mournblade (as Mourneblade) is featured in Konami's video game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and possesses the ability to heal the player character whenever he strikes something with it (much like how Mournblade and Stormbringer grant their wielder health and vitality when used to slay a foe, though the game weapon can grant health even when striking non-living objects, such as candles). Mourneblade is widely regarded as one of the best weapons in the game, and is considered a "rare" weapon.
  • In Lineage 2 MMORPG, a Stormbringer is a C-grade sword.
  • In the War of Genesis RPG series, the Stormbringer is wielded by Sharn Hoiste and Iron Mask, and is one of the legendary swords that exist in that world. True to its name, when attacking with it, it will randomly cast the spell "Lightning Storm."

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Media influences

  • Terry Pratchett's novel The Colour Of Magic features a sentient black sword named Kring. Its favorite pastime is to ramble on endlessly about the heroes who have owned it or the centuries it has spent at the bottom of a lake. As a weapon, its power is to produce flashy special effects in combat.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, Torg possesses a sapient, talking black sword called "Chaz"; it gains magical power from the blood of the innocent.
  • In Dave Sim’s graphic novel Cerebus, the Elric parody character Elrod of Melvinbone wields a sword called “Seersucker”, which leads Cerebus to remark to himself, “Tarim! Who would believe a sword could get rusty enough to turn black?”
  • The bunny girl in Gainax's legendary Daicon IV short for the opening of the 22nd Annual Japan Science Fiction Convention in 1983 flies riding on top of Stormbringer.

Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Sluggy Freelance is a popular, long-running webcomic written and drawn by Pete Abrams. ... David Victor Sim (born May 17, 1956 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian comic book writer and artist, best known as the creator of the 6,000 page graphic novel Cerebus the Aardvark. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... Cerebus the Aardvark (or simply Cerebus) was an ambitious monthly independent comic book begun by Canadian artist Dave Sim in 1977, and running for 300 issues and 6,000 pages, through March 2004. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ... Artemis Entreri is a fictional character in the Dungeons & Dragons-based Forgotten Realms setting. ... Khazidhea is a fictitious sword in the Forgotten Realms setting. ... The Forgotten Realms third edition logo. ...

Music influences

  • Mournblade was a British NWOBHM band who made two albums in the 1980s: Time's Running Out and Live Fast Die Young. Several of their songs feature references to Michael Moorcock's work.
  • The band Hawkwind, who have had a long association with Moorcock, released an entire album about the story of Elric and Stormbringer, The Chronicle of the Black Sword. They have also released both a single and double live album expanding upon this work, Live Chronicles. The double live album package includes an Elric short story. The album itself contains various narrations and poems read by Moorcock.
  • UK hard rock band Magnum has a song named Stormbringer, about Elric and his sword, on the reissue of their Kingdom of Madness album. It was one of the very first songs they recorded, and was not commercially available until this reissue.
  • Seminal hard rock/metal act Deep Purple has a track entitled Stormbringer on their 1974 album of the same name.
  • The German metal band Blind Guardian’s song Fast to Madness is based on Elric and references Stormbringer several times. It is found on their Follow the Blind album.
  • The Italian metal band Domine has a number of songs based on the Elric saga and referencing Stormbringer and Mourneblade. Additionally, Elric and Stormbringer are featured on the cover art for all four albums. Michael Moorcock himself is specifically thanked and noted as an influence in the liner notes for each of their albums.
    • The Chronicles of the Black Sword [3]
    • Last of the Dragonlords (Lord Elric’s Imperial March) [4]
    • Dragonlord (The Grand Master of the Mightiest Beasts) [4]
    • Horn of Fate [5]
    • The Bearer of the Black Sword [5]
    • For Evermore [5]
    • Dawn of a New Age (A Celtic Requiem) [5]
    • The Song of the Swords [6]
  • The song Bane of the Black Sword by American metal band Apollo Ra on their Ra Pariah album deals with the adventures of Elric and Stormbringer.
  • The American metal band Cirith Ungol’s song Nadsokor from their One Foot In Hell album references Elric, Stormbringer and the city of beggars found in the Elric saga. Michael Whelan’s paintings of Elric and Stormbringer are also featured on the cover art of all four Cirith Ungol albums.
  • The song Mourning Sword by the Greek metal band Battleroar on their self-titled album deals with Stormbringer.
  • The Spanish metal band Dark Moor features an Elric and Stormbringer related song titled The Fall of Melnibone as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their album Hall of the Olden Dreams. The song was later made available to the American and European markets on the album Between Light and Darkness.
  • The song "Borrowed Time" by the NWOBHM band Diamond Head on their Borrowed Time album deals with Elric and is told from his point of view. In this song, he refers to himself as “a slave to this black blade”. Elric and Stormbringer are also featured on the album’s cover artwork.
  • The song Sword's Lament by American metal band Cauldron Born references both Stormbringer and Mournblade, along with a host of other fantasy swords.
  • Italian epic metal band Assedium has the Elric and Stormbringer based song "The Messenger of Chaos" on their debut album Rise of the Warlords.
  • Hailing from tiny Whitley Bay in the Northeast of England, the Tygers of Pan Tang name originated from Michael Moorcock's novel Stormbringer.[7]

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) emerged in the late 70s, in part a reaction to the contemporary decline of traditional heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, all three of which had been submerged by a mixture of personal problems, tiredness and... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Stormbringer (Lancer, 1967) Elric of Melniboné is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock. ... Stormbringer (Lancer, 1967) Elric of Melniboné is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Black Blade is a thriller novel written by Eric Lustbader. ... Cultösaurus Erectus is a Blue Öyster Cult album released in 1980. ... Eric Bloom, 2006 Eric Bloom (born December 1, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist. ... Magnum are a British melodic rock band from Birmingham England. ... This article is about the rock band. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Domine is a power metal band from Italy. ... Stormbringer (Lancer, 1967) Elric of Melniboné is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock. ... Michael John Moorcock (born December 18, 1939, in London, England) is a prolific English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels. ... For the US heavy metal band, see Cirith Ungol (band). ... Elric as depicted in Weird of the White Wolf (Berkeley Books, 1983) Elric of Melniboné (pronounced mel-NIH-boh-nay) is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock. ... At the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, August 2005 Michael Whelan (born June 29, 1950) is a multiple award winning American artist specializing in science fiction and fantasy illustration. ... For the US heavy metal band, see Cirith Ungol (band). ... Dark Moor is a neo-classical power metal band from Spain. ... Elric as depicted in Weird of the White Wolf (Berkeley Books, 1983) Elric of Melniboné (pronounced mel-NIH-boh-nay) is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock. ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) emerged in the late 70s, in part a reaction to the contemporary decline of traditional heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, all three of which had been submerged by a mixture of personal problems, tiredness and... Diamond Head Diamond Head are a British heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. ... Elric as depicted in Weird of the White Wolf (Berkeley Books, 1983) Elric of Melniboné (pronounced mel-NIH-boh-nay) is a fictional character created by Michael Moorcock. ... Turmion Kätilöt is a Finnish industrial metal band founded by MC Raaka Pee and DJ Vastapallo. ... A New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band originating from Whitley Bay in the North-East of England. ...

See also

This is a list of noted weapons from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... This is a list of noted weapons from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... Beleg is one of two fictional characters from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... In The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien, Túrin Turambar was a Man of Middle-earth, who became a tragic hero (or anti-hero) of the First Age in the tale called Narn i Chîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin). Unpublished drafts of... This is a list of weaponry directly taken from or based on J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... The Silmarillion is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkiens works, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher Tolkien, with assistance from Guy Gavriel Kay, who would later become a noted fantasy fiction writer. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916. ...

External links

  • Stormbringer.net — An overview of the Elric saga

References

  1. ^ Variant Title: The Dreaming City
  2. ^ Variant Title: The Sleeping Sorceress
  3. ^ Domine's Champion Eternal album
  4. ^ a b Domine's Dragonlord (Tales of the Noble Steel) album
  5. ^ a b c d Domine's Stormbringer Ruler album
  6. ^ Domine's Emperor of the Black Runes album
  7. ^ Tygers of Pan Tang: Biography

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