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Madrigal Family Sword Cane
1A3-CS1270-2
"This is a family heirloom that has been passed down from generation to generation. And now, it belongs to you." -Benjamin Madrigal to his son, Christopher, at age 16

Origin

Exact origin unknown, but has been in the Madrigal family since 198 AD

Type

Sword-cane, Roman Era

Effects

Blurs identity to all those who do not know the user

Downsides

Drawing the blade ends the effect

Activation

Holding

Collected by

Madrigal Family/Christopher Madrigal, for WH13

Section

N/A (Kept in the Madrigal Family's possession at all times)

Date of Collection

198 AD (Madrigal Family)/September 4, 2004 (Warehouse Addition)

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OriginEdit

Sword-canes (also known as cane swords) are canes incorporating a concealed blade. The term itself refers to the European weapons of the 18th century, which were often used as a sign of wealth. However, these weapons have existed by different names throughout the centuries. These other weapons include the Roman Dolon, the Japanese Shikomizue and the Indian Gupti.

In modern times, many countries ban the ownership, manufacturing, trading or use of the sword-cane because it is considered a concealed weapon. However, some countries and states in the U.S. (South Dakota being one of them) have laws which allow ownership of these weapons, under specific conditions.

EffectsEdit

When held, the cane effectively blurs the user's face and other identifying features into unrecognizability. This effect does not apply to people who know the person personally, such as friends, family, and co-workers.

The cane sheath itself appears to be unconnected to the sword, as the sword will work without its original sheath. However, the sheath must have been commissioned by a member of the Madrigal family and must be a perfect fit in order to activate the effects.

Artifact HistoryEdit

The true origins of this artifact have been lost to time. However, the object itself was apparently made around 143 AD in the Roman Empire, in an area about a hundred miles north of Rome. According to the Madrigal family, they came into possession of the artifact in 198 AD, after taking it from the hands of a criminal who was using the artifact to torture and kill people who believed in Christianity. Marcus Aebutius Madrigal was the collector, who happened to know the criminal, and killed him, claiming the artifact for the Madrigal family.

It was passed down to the first-born child of each generation after the death of Marcus, and has travelled around the world. Marcus' child, Julia, decided to create the tradition of carving one small symbol into the cane to symbolize the owner's personality, with no two owners having the same symbol. A second cane cover was created in 1203 after the first one was completely covered in symbols. The original sheath was also passed down along with the artifact.

The cane was officially logged as an artifact on September 4, 2004, when Christopher visited Warehouse 13. He was allowed to keep the artifact due to its family heritage and its mild effects.

TriviaEdit

  • Despite the many owners and history of the artifact, all of the symbols on the two cane sheaths are different. The symbols come from many different cultures, as the family has lived in many different parts of the world over the centuries.
    • When Christopher Madrigal became a Regent in 2013, he decided to carve his symbol into the cane. He chose the Eye of Horus, symbolizing his connection to the organization.
  • The original cane sheath is kept in Christopher's house, since it doesn't display any artifact properties on its own.
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