The Four Swords of Power were used to create leygates and ley lines by the Archons and to create Shadowrealms by the Elders. They date from the Time Before Time. John Dee began to search out for these swords after being told by Marethyu that his destiny lies with the swords. He first found Joyeuse, then Excalibur and Durendal . At the end of The Sorceress, he finally obtains Clarent, the last of the swords necessary to create leygates and leylines. When the Four Swords are combined, in the order of Clarent, Joyeuse, Durendal and finally Excalibur, they create the Hook of Aether. Upon its creation it melted into the form of a hook; which is now in the possession of Marethyu. Dee can also use Excalibur and Clarent, one in each hand, to create a Shadowrealm gateway and/or a leygate. They are described as being identical except for minor differences in the hilt. Virginia Dare comments on this by saying that she would never recognize them invidually, except Clarent, because of its apparent black-and-red blade.
There are Four Main Elemental Swords in the world even though technically there are in a sense two more both known as Aether. Each sword has a twin sword except for Aether but its twin is itself because all four of the other twin blades are in itself. The swords' names, known holders, elements, and twin blades are:
|Name||Known Holder||Element||Twin Blade|
Charlemagne, Sophie Newman and Dee.
|Excalibur||Mars Ultor, King Arthur, Palamedes, Roger Bacon, Dee, and Josh Newman.||Ice||Clarent|
The Sword of ice, Excalibur is 48 inches long and has dragons engraved on the hilt. It has a red diamond on its hilt that gives it is's power. Known users include King Arthur, Palamedes, Mars, Josh Newman, and Dr. John Dee. Anyone it hits freezes. This sword killed Hekate and the great tree Yggdrasil and thus ended up destroying two other Shadowrealms; Asgard and Neflheim, as well as destroying the gates to six others.
Joyeuse is the Sword of Earth, which is known to have been carried into battle by Charlemagne. It crushes mountains and makes people tremble.
Durendal, the Sword of Air, was used by Roland. Durendal can also make powerful tornadoes with wind speeds of over 315 mph. It is also known as the indestructable sword
The sword of ultimate and complete power.
Made by combining all 4 swords.
Past Holders in the BooksEdit
- Excalibur -Dr. John Dee
- Clarent - Nicholas Flamel then Josh Newman (The Magician-The Sorceress) then Dr John Dee then Josh Newman (The Necromancer)
- Durendal - Dr. John Dee (The Necromancer)+Sophie
- Joyeuse - Dr. John Dee (The Necromancer) then Josh Newman (The Necromancer)+Sophie
- Excalibur, Clarent, Durendal, and Joyeuse were melted together in the form of the Aether, as the Hook of Aether- Marethyu's (Josh's) Hook (The Enchantress)