Godslayer is one of the seventeen Great Weapons. It is said to be equal in power to Iceflame and the Imperial Orb and intertwined in purpose and destiny with Pathfinder. She generally seems to take the form of a thin bladed short sword but both blade and sheath shift shape in combat depending on the wielder's needs. Her wielder is currently Vladimir Taltos, who calls her "Lady Teldra", because of the soul contained within it.
Godslayer was apparently deliberately dismantled by the gods in the distant past, or perhaps the future, and the component parts dispersed.
However, Godslayer was re-formed in the hand of Vladimir Taltos during a battle between the gods and the Jenoine. The component parts were a very powerful long Morganti dagger with a blood groove, Spellbreaker, and the soul of Teldra.
As told by a certain Serioli, there was a legend that when Pathfinder was found, so too would Godslayer. While several years passed between the rediscovery of Pathfinder and the re-formation of Godslayer, this legend does appear to have been more-or-less borne out of truth.
The Serioli was also very vague on the tense of Godslayer's existence, basically suggesting that our language was unable to express whether it occurred in the past, the future, or both. So "dismantled" and "re-formed" might be oversimplifications.
- See also Speculation:Spellbreaker.
Attributes and PowersEdit
In addition to presumably doing what her name implies, Godslayer is also highly effective against Jenoine. In part, this is because the weapon improves on the nature of Spellbreaker to disrupt various forms of sorcerous energies (magical power derived from amorphia), which both the Jenoine and the Gods use for attack and defense. We have also seen a certain amount of surprising autonomy and unusually proactive manipulation of these energies: At one point, Vlad was attacked by a form of sorcery meant to kill him, but because Godslayer took control of the magical channel that was created, the individual casting this spell lost her soul as if struck directly by Godslayer.
Reminiscent of Spellbreaker, Godslayer changes form (along with her sheath), perhaps to suit the wielder's mood or need. Her size usually remains small, though, that of a long dagger or knife, but has also been seen as a rapier.
Godslayer can, apparently, heal Vlad's injuries to the degree allowed by available energies in spite of the fact that he is wearing the phoenix stones at the time.
Some of the more mystical stories about Godslayer state that the sword is a link to Destiny, and the "powers beyond the world". Legend has it she's destined to kill Verra.
Like other Great Weapons, Godslayer is sentient—though as of the events of Iorich, some four years after the event binding Teldra's soul, Spellbreaker, and the Morganti dagger, she has not yet "woken up", but see the new novel Hawk.
The Serioli name of Godslayer is translated as Remover-of-aspects-of-deity.