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The Carqui sword was the "ancient and consecrated blade" carried by Lady in her Lifetaker rig into combat during the Battle of Dejagore. After she was nearly killed beneath a pile of soldiers, she made a special effort to retrieve the sword from the mound of corpses at the beginning of Dreams of Steel. In her desperate situation, the sword was one of the last vestiges of the empress she once was.

In her Annals, she briefly mentioned that the sword had been created by Carqui, presumably a swordsmith, "in the younger days of the Domination. A storied blade, but no one, not even Croaker, had heard its tale." It had been among her large piles of treasure carried south from the Tower at Charm in wagons drawn by her black stallions. It was brought across the Sea of Torments, and southward through the southern continent to Taglios and beyond. Although it is not mentioned again, she almost certainly kept it at her side throughout the rest of the Shadowmaster wars.

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