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SwordOfTriton
Sword of Triton
Production information
Manufacturer

Atlantean blacksmith

Type

Broadsword

Technical specifications
Usage
Owner(s)

Blackbeard
Hector Barbossa

Affiliation

Triton
Blackbeard

Behind the scenes
First appearance

Pirates of the Caribbean Online

Latest appearance

Dead Men Tell No Tales

"You dare face this sword?"
"This far away from your ship? Aye."
"
Blackbeard and Hector Barbossa[src]

The Sword of Triton was a legendary broadsword. Unique among other swords, this weapon possessed a strengthened, ridged and lightened blade that narrowed down all the way to its broad steel hand-guard, a jeweled hilt. Holding far more power than meets the eye, the Sword of Triton channeled mystical unearthly powers.

According to legend, this infamous blade was forged by the sea deity Triton himself in the lost city of Atlantis. One of the three sapphires of Triton was embedded in this sword, granting the sword its power to bring dead matter to life. This power was used on everything associated with ships at sea, including their rigging and sails, and move according to the will of whomever wielded it. Anyone brandishing the sword would rule the ship, controlling the vessel to do his indomitable will. Despite its great power, the sword's power was diminished away from any ship. Passed from one ancient mariner to another, the Sword of Triton was most notably favored by Blackbeard and Hector Barbossa.

HistoryEdit

Early known historyEdit

Mysteries surround this infamous blade and its history. The Sword of Triton was rumored to have been forged in the lost city of Atlantis by the legendary sea deity Triton himself. Holding far more power than meets the eye, this mighty weapon was embedded with one of the three sapphires of Triton. Used in its construction, the sapphire gave the sword its power.[1] The Sword of Triton channeled mystical unearthly powers, including the ability and capacity to bring dead matter to life.[2] This power was mainly enforced on everything associated with ships at sea, including their rigging and sails, and move according to the indomitable will of whomever wielded it. Despite its great power, the sword's power were diminished away from any ship. The Sword of Triton had been passed from one ancient mariner to another, until falling into possession of the infamous pirate Blackbeard.[1]

Blackbeard's swordEdit

It is unknown how Blackbeard gained possession of the Sword of Triton, or how long he had the infamous blade. Brandishing the Sword of Triton, Blackbeard commanded unearthly power aboard his ship the Queen Anne's Revenge. Its magical connection to the Revenge, and any other ship, was such that the vessel would do the indomitable will of whomever wielded it. Blackbeard took advantage of the sword's power on a number of occasions, including increasing the speed of his voyages and keeping members of his crew in line. When he wasn't using it, Blackbeard had the oversized sword sheathed into an oversized scabbard.

Of his many fearsome deeds, Blackbeard was even known to have put the Sword of Triton to use in achieving victory in many battles at sea before adding the defeated vessels to his collection of ships enclosed in bottles in a special cabinet in Blackbeard's cabin. Prior to the quest for the Fountain of Youth, Blackbeard used his sword when the Revenge attacked the Black Pearl, captained by Hector Barbossa. Blackbeard had the Pearl turn against Barbossa's crew, though Barbossa himself managed to escape. The Black Pearl was ultimately captured, making it another addition to Blackbeard's collection of ships in bottles.[3]

Quest for the Fountain of YouthEdit

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Blackbeard wielding the Sword of Triton.

"Aye. That be the cold breath of fate I feel down my nape. But, I'll have one last fight, by God. Kill them all!"
Blackbeard[src]

After being forced aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, Jack Sparrow used his position as mere crewman to led a mutiny against Blackbeard's zombie officers. However, the revolt was foiled when Blackbeard himself appeared on deck. He confronted his mutinous crew while touching the jeweled hilt of the Sword of Triton, causing the ship's ropes to start sliding around and slithering up and down the rigging. Blackbeard then used the Sword of Triton to spring the sinister ship to life, sailing at full speed while Jack's crew of mutineers got caught in its rigging. When it was all over and the Queen Anne's Revenge sailed at normal speed, Blackbeard rested his trusty sword on his shoulder after creating a massive spiderweb of rope and rigging, all of the pirates caught in the web, bound, trapped like flies.[3]

The sword's power would again be brought into play during the battle at Whitecap Bay, where Blackbeard's crew attempted to capture a mermaid. Staring at the mermaids attacking his crew in the longboats, Blackbeard used his sword to summon the Queen Anne's Revenge and launch a wave of Greek fire, forcing the mermaids to swim to shore where his crewmen held nets. For the rest of the journey, Blackbeard mainly kept the sword on his belt.[3]

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Blackbeard pulling out his sword at the Fountain of Youth.

Blackbeard's final usage of the Sword of Triton was admidst the battle of the Fountain of Youth, where he fought in a fierce duel against a vengeful Hector Barbossa, now former pirate and privateer, the one-legged man prophesied to kill him. At the first part of their duel, Blackbeard killed one of Barbossa's men, Gillette, who got in the way of the fight. Blackbeard initially had the upper hand, having cut Barbossa's wooden crutch and drove Barbossa to the ground, lifting his sword for the killing blow until realizing they were surrounded by Spanish soldiers. This distraction enabled Barbossa to fatally wound Blackbeard with his poisoned sword.[3]

Barbossa's swordEdit

RevengeEdit

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Hector Barbossa claiming Blackbeard's sword.

"I claim Blackbeard's ship and crew, and this sword...payment for me missing limb."
Hector Barbossa[src]

Admidst Blackbeard's attack on the Black Pearl, Hector Barbossa had lost both his ship and his right leg. Despite narrowly escaping the onslaught, where he had to sacrifice his own leg to survive, Barbossa had no knowledge of the fate of his ship, having only believed that it was sunk. From that night on, Barbossa had vengeance as a goal. At some point after becoming a privateer and trusted advisor of King George II, Barbossa would have learned at least the basics on Blackbeard, including his need to find the Fountain of Youth as well as the importance of his trusty Sword of Triton. Barbossa was in respect of the sword and soon learned that its powers were diminished away from the ship, knowing that if you owned the sword you ruled the ship.

By the end of the quest for the Fountain of Youth, Barbossa successfully able to get his revenge on Blackbeard. After a fight between the two at the Fountain, Barbossa managed to fatally wound the infamous pirate with his poisoned sword, expressing his victory by saying "For the Pearl." Barbossa then took Blackbeard's sword and claimed it along with his ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, and crew wergild for his missing leg.[3]

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Hector Barbossa wielding the Sword of Triton.

Having achieved his goal of revenge against Blackbeard, Barbossa was backed by what was left of Blackbeard's pirate crew, until reaching the Queen Anne's Revenge. Barbossa had the sword on his person as he climbed aboard the Revenge, returning to piracy as its new captain. Changed into his full pirate regalia, Captain Barbossa drew his new sword, causing the lines to whip through the air and the sails unfurl, on their own accord. The crew look on in wonder as Barbossa pointed the sword straight ahead, causing the Revenge to sail forward in full speed. Barbossa sheathed his sword before giving orders to his new crew as the Revenge sailed for Tortuga.[3]

War with SalazarEdit

"On the power of that blaggard's sovereign blade, I hereby release the Black Pearl to her former and rightful glory."
Hector Barbossa[src]

One year after Blackbeard's death,[4] during the conflict with the undead Spanish officer Captain Salazar, Barbossa continued to wield the Sword of Triton. When he made a deal with Salazar, promising to lead him to Jack Sparrow, Barbossa was allowed to keep the weapon while he steered Salazar's ship, the Silent Mary, in search of Jack's ship, the Dying Gull. However, when Salazar and his men failed to capture Jack on Hangman's Bay due to being unable to step on dry land, Barbossa and his men were disarmed and hanged upside down, with Salazar slowly butchering them one by one. Barbossa convinced Salazar to allow him to go on land to capture Sparrow and he was given the sword back.[5]

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Barbossa threatens Jack Sparrow with the Sword of Triton.

When they landed on Hangman's Bay Barbossa and his surviving crewmen saved Sparrow from Pig Kelly and his gang. Barbossa stabbed the Black Pearl's bottle with the sword, using its power to restore the Pearl to her normal size. During the journey to the Black rock island, Barbossa threatened Sparrow with the sword, promising to cut off his tongue if he tries to reveal to Carina Smyth that Barbossa was her father. When Salazar's crew of ghosts boarded the Black Pearl, Barbossa valiantly fought against them with the sword but he was still wounded in his right arm by one of the undead Spaniards. Only the arrival to their destination saved the pirates from being butchered.[5]

Barbossa carried the sword when he, Carina, and Sparrow discovered the entrance to Poseidon's Tomb but he didn't have it later when his men lowered the Pearl's anchor to the bottom of the sea to save Carina, Henry Turner, and Jack Sparrow. The fate of the sword is unknown.[5]

Design and powerEdit

"Seen Blackbeard's Sword of Triton? Its jeweled hilt is one to admire."
―Unnamed townsfolk to an unnamed pirate[src]
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The Sword of Triton.

The Sword of Triton was a large broadsword with a strengthened, ridged and lightened blade. It was broader by the tip and narrowed down all the way to its broad steel hand-guard, which arcs over to the pommel, and the handle grip was covered in black leather.[2] The sword would've been a cutting weapon because of its thick width. According to legend, this sword was forged in the lost city of Atlantis[1], and was embedded with one of the three sapphires of Triton.[6] Used in the construction of the sword, the sapphire gave the infamous blade its power.

Whoever wielded the Sword of Triton commanded unearthly power. The Sword of Triton channeled mystical power, which included bringing dead matter to life and move according to the will of the sword's wielder.[2][7] This power was mainly enforced on everything associated with ships at sea, including their rigging and sails. The sword had a magical connection with ships, most notably the Queen Anne's Revenge, where the vessel would do the indomitable will of whomever wielded it, even if the wielder was not on board. The sword made the wielder virtually unstoppable in battles at sea, but its power were diminished away from the ship.

The Sword of Triton seemed to have the ability to create winds out of nowhere, similar in nature to the power of the Sword of Cortés. This power was demonstrated by Blackbeard, who made the Queen Anne's Revenge sail while hanging his human crewmen with the ship's rigging, and Barbossa, who had the Revenge sail for Tortuga.[3]

Presumably the sword was how Blackbeard shrank his ships-in-a-bottle as Barbossa was able to use its power to restore the Black Pearl to normal.

Behind the scenesEdit

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Concept art of the Sword of Triton.

AppearancesEdit

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