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Merak's glaive in the OVA

Glaives (宝剣ほうけん, Hōken; "Treasured Sword") are devices created by the Sumeragi Group to restrain the septimal abilities of high-rank Adepts. When given an unlock signal, the Glaive will temporarily return an Adept's septima to them; thus these restrained Adepts are in theory like sheathed swords that may only be drawn at Sumeragi's behest. Adepts who willingly take on a Glaive are typically granted a luxurious lifestyle and officer positions within the company.

An esoteric technology originally exclusive to the group, many organizations all over the world seek to pilfer the secrets behind Glaives from Sumeragi.

English Website Description

These glaives are storage devices created by the Sumeragi Group which control the flow of a user’s septimal energy. Normally, an Adept has what is called a “septimosome” inside their bodies which allow them to use their septimal powers at will. The adepts under Sumeragi’s command, however, have had their Septimosome extracted and stored inside sword-shaped devices known as Glaives that can be remotely controlled. This allows Sumeragi to prevent any unwanted outbursts of septimal energy from those under their control.

When the adept is in danger, Sumeragi’s adept monitoring facility can give a go-ahead order for the adept to unleash the septimosome inside the Glaive. The septimosome then fuses with the adept and triggers a complete body transformation. Currently, these Glaives are the only means for an adept to repress their powers and live a normal life.

However, there is much that is still unknown about adepts, so it is still too early to tell if these Glaives will become a boon for adepts, or a disaster waiting to happen…[1]

Usage and functions

Trusted Adepts may seemingly get instant permission to unlock their Glaive without having to explain their need, or may even have the privilege of unlocking it on their own, as Jota offered to fight on Nova's behalf while the two were acting independently. However, Nova noted that all Glaive uses are kept on company record, implying Adept officers have to answer for their action at a later date.

Activating the Glaive and returning the septimosome causes it to release a black aura outlined by its color, which swirls around and covers the wielder. This triggers a transformation that drastically warps their body, a process referred to in the Japanese script of extra materials as Armed Phenomenon (変身(アームド フェノメノン), Āmudo Fenomenon lit. Metamorphosis). They gain a personal armor, their sclera turn black, and their hair and eye color change to match the Glaive's. In Jota's case, the scar on his face becomes green as well. In this state, the user seemingly has black blood, and dying causes their bodies to bubble up and explode into sparkles. The sparkles coalesce back into the Glaive, which cracks and either teleports away or falls and shatters.

The armored form invariably is specialized to complement the wielder's septima, and not only enhances their physical abilities, but also enhances their septima's power beyond what it originally was prior to being sealed. For example, normally Viper could only create heat balls and flames. While transformed, he can create explosive spheres of thermal energy called Angry Bombs, and he possesses hip-mounted leg cannons that aid him in firing them.

The Armed Phenomenon is not actually an intended feature. It's just what happens when a Glaive releases the stored septimosome back to the Adept. It is unknown how much Sumeragi is able to influence this process, if they can at all.

There also exist "sub-Glaives", additional Glaives attached to an especially powerful adept in addition to their main one to control their particularly immense power. Unlike normal Glaives, the only known sub-Glaives are completely artificial. The only known adept who uses sub-Glaives is Nova Tsukuyomi, who uses two, and is still able to use a fraction of his septimal power, a true testament to his power.

Construction

Glaives are in fact magical technology. Mythical and historical blades, or other magical artifacts, are a key component in creating most of them; hence their typical sword-like forms and name. However, Glaives may also be crafted into other shapes, such as a pendant.

A special stone that suppresses septimal powers is implied to be another important part, but no further details are known. Gunvolt also speculates that his QUILL-issued septima enhancing equipment is constructed from similar materials as the Glaives.

Purely technological Glaives are also possible. Nova's sub-Glaives are the first artificial ones and considered a breakthrough.

Problems

To begin with, the late leading researcher on Adepts and septimal technology, Dr. Kamizono, appeared to have doubts about the reliability of Glaives. He only referred to them as "some measure of success" while talking to his assistant, and firmly believed that trying to control Adepts is futile.

His doubts would be confirmed, as it has repeatedly been shown that sufficiently powerful Adepts restrained by a Glaive may still use a portion of their septima. Doing so supposedly strains their bodies, but there is little evidence of that being true (it was only said by someone trying to dissuade an Adept from casually using his leaking septima).

Nova has also noted that transforming tends to warp an adept's personality and ego, referring to his experience with it as a "trance" or "mood uplifting", and saying it's like his ego is laid bare, a sensation that he hated. This is best seen in his final battle with Gunvolt, where his calm personality completely fades, giving rise to a prideful adept whom outright declares himself omnipotent. Jota also admitted he felt something similar, but never thought much of it.

Furthermore, there are doubts about how much control Sumeragi truly has over the Glaives themselves. In the case of Stratos, his Glaive activated on its own for him when he was rampaging throughout one of their own facilities. This resembles the tale of the sword, Lizardslayer, used as the basis for his Glaive. The Lizardslayer is said to have jumped out of its sheath on its own when a monster appeared before it.

Despite all of these questionable and dangerous aspects to the Glaives, Sumeragi sweeps any inconvenient facts under the rug. Such is the status quo.

Derivative Devices

Due to the side effect of physically and septimally enhancing Adepts when their power is returned to them, devices solely designed to provide the benefit of the transformation without normally restraining the Adept have been designed.

During the events of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Eden manages to combine stolen Glaive data with the power of The Muse, leading to the creation of Grimoires. The Grimoires provide a greater boost due to being intended purely as weapons, although they do not have as much spiritual power as Glaives.

In Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX's timeline, Glaives were phased out in favor of Falcon Quills sometime after Demerzel's takeover of Sumeragi.

List of Glaives

The Glaives used by adepts are all one-of-a-kind: unique devices made to specifically aid in controlling a specific Adept's septima. All of them are named after famous artifacts in Japanese folklore with a naming scheme similar to how samurai would christen their personal swords.

The top listed names for the Glaives of the Sumeragi Seven on this table are those given in their profiles on the official English site. However, they are generally erroneous. For example, although Jota's glaive is listed as "Shadow Dragon" on the site, the glaive's Japanese namesake, Koryū Kagemitsu, is a real life sword currently in possession of the Tokyo National Museum.

Name Adept Function notes Origins
Rockslicer
岩融イワトオシ
Iwatōshi
Carrera Iwatōshi is a naginata said to have been wielded by historical warrior monk Musashibō Benkei, who went on a quest to win 1000 swords from samurai in duels.
Living Blade
布都御魂フツノミタマ
Futsunomitama
"Cloth-city's Soul"
Elise Transformation grants her a visor that emits a light which induces a near-death state of petrification in those who view it directly. She can also expand and contract her arms. Futsunomitama is a mythical blade used by the thunder god Takemikazuchi to subjugate the Middle Country.
Shadow Dragon
小龍景光コリュウカゲミツ
Koryū Kagemitsu
"Little Dragon Phosphorescence"
Jota Sword that belonged to legendary samurai Kusunoki Masashige. Designated a national treasure, Sumeragi took this sword from a museum.
Unwavering Spirit
不動国行フドウクニユキ
Fudō Kuniyuki
"Unmoving Country-line"
Merak Partial failure to restrain his Septima. Merak is still able to use Wormhole to a limited extent, and is known to use it for tasks like garbage disposal or antagonizing his Sumeragi-appointed butler. His septimosome has also been incorporated into his armed chair for telepathic control while transformed. Fudō Kuniyuki is a sword wielded by 16th century daimyo, Oda Nobunaga, regarded as the first "Great Unifier" of Japan.
Lizardslayer
蜥蜴丸トカゲマル
Tokagemaru
"Lizard Circle"
Stratos Complete failure to restrain his Septima, The Fly. Stratos was able to go on a rampage in the Pharma Lab, and the Glaive triggered Weaponization for him on its own. Tokagemaru is a demon blade of folklore said to have jumped out of its sheath to cut down a monster that appeared before it.
Lord of Fire
火之迦具土ヒノカグツチ
Hi No Kagutsuchi
Viper Transformation grants him the Angry Bomb technique. Hi No Kagutsuchi is a mythical sword said to have been wielded by the god Izanagi to cut up the fire god Kagutsuchi, hence its name. Also known as the Ame no Oohabari.
Crow Child
小烏丸コガラスマル
Kogarasumaru
"Little Crow"
Zonda Zonda flagrantly displayed usage of Phantasm Mirror as part of her "Lustful Mirage" disguise, leading researchers to believe her rank was on-par with Nova's. This Glaive does not appear to have hindered her actions as an infiltrator from Eden at all.

Zonda claimed to be using its power while fighting Gunvolt, but turned out to be a copy upon her defeat. What became of this Glaive is unknown, as the real Zonda was never seen using it.

Kogarasumaru is a famed tachi sword created by legendary 8th century smith Amakuni.
Ame no Murakumo
天叢雲アメノムラクモ
"Heaven's Gathering Clouds"
Nova Tsukuyomi Despite the Glaive's sealing abilities, Nova was still able to use his Psychokinesis. He attempted to keep this a secret from Sumeragi, only confiding in Jota, and used his powers for off-record actions.

Despite only considering it a little of his power, it was more than enough for him to easily defeat Viper, whom was already a skilled Adept of some infamy when the two first met.

More commonly known as the Kusanagi no Tsurugi, Ame no Murakumo is one of Japan's three imperial regalia. The storm god Susanoo discovered this sword within the corpse of the Yamata no Orochi after slaying the fearsome serpent.
Yatagarasu
八咫烏ヤタガラス
"Eight-span Crow"
Kurohyō
黒豹クロヒョウ
"Black Panther"
Given to Nova to further seal his Septima, though even these failed to fully hinder him, still able to use enough of his power to go toe-to-toe with Gunvolt. These Glaives are a breakthrough, being the first fully artificial ones.

When released, they manifest as the attack drones Panther Force (地より這出し陰の化身パンター フォース, Pansā Fōsu lit. The Shadow's Embodiment Coming Crawling from the Earth) and Raven Force (天を往く太陽の化身レイヴン フォース, Reivun Fōsu lit. The Sun's Embodiment Going to the Heavens).

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"Imitation Sword"
模造刀
Mōzōtō
Tenjian A Glaive designed with technology stolen by Zonda to solely provide Tenjian with the benefits of Weaponization. Tenjian was impressed at first, but noted that it wasn't as strong as Sumeragi's original upon being defeated by Gunvolt. Unlike the vibrant colors of normal weaponized forms, this Glaive's transformation was a dull grey. N/A (Presumed)
"Singing Fairy's Sword"
謡精の宝剣
Yōsei no Hōken
Mytyl Kamizono A Glaive crafted by Nori in the form of a pendant and given to Xiao after the latter extracted Mytyl's septimosome. Nori did this so that Mytyl could have a normal life, while Xiao plans to use the pendant for something, and does not intend to give it to Eden or Gunvolt. Unknown
Joule
シアン
Cyan
Some time after Dr. Kamizono first extracted Mytyl's septimosome, Sumeragi learned about the operation and transplanted it into a fetus, who would be born and named Joule.

Referred to as a "Living Glaive" (生きた宝剣) by Xiao, he speculated Joule's unusual existence was a possible cause for Mytyl being rendered mute and her growth being stunted, ills that no other Adept whose septimosome has been extracted has suffered. Whatever the case, the two girls shared a deep fundamental bond, with such things as Joule's face being noted as identical to Mytyl's.

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Trivia

  • Glaives serve as the weaponry foil counterpart to Gunvolt's weapon's choice, guns.
  • In the first trailer for the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack, Nova's adepts are referred to as "The Glaives".
  • Tenjian originally used a counterfeit Glaive given to him by Zonda. This fake Glaive served to boost his powers, though only marginally compared to Sumeragi's true Glaives.
    • It's unknown if the rest of The Seven used fake Glaives.
  • The Japanese name of the process the Swordsmen use to transform into their combat form, "Armed Phenomenon", is a reference to the ability of the same name used by the Four Guardians of Mega Man Zero series, another series developed mainly by Inti Creates.

Reference

  1. http://gunvolt.com/GV1/character/character02_00.html