Appearing in "X of Swords: Chapter 01" Featured Characters: Rockslide (Santo Vaccarro) (Death) Prestige (Rachel Summers) Excalibur • --|A|-- • (En Sabah Nur) (Main story and recap) Rictor (Julio Richter) Marvel Girl (Jean Grey) Havok (Alex Summers) Polaris (Lorna Dane) Beast (Hank McCoy) Archangel (Warren Worthington III) Siryn (Theresa Cassidy) M / Penance (Monet St. Croix) Cable (Nathan Summers) (Past) Cyclops (Scott Summers) Supporting Characters: Opal Luna Saturnyne (Main story and flashback) Magma (Amara Aquilla) Quiet Council of Krakoa Krakoa Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner) Storm (Ororo Munroe) Cypher (Doug Ramsey) (Merged with Warlock) Professor X (Charles Xavier) Black King (Sebastian Shaw) Magneto (Erik Lehnsherr) White Queen (Emma Frost) Red Queen (Kate Pryde) Mister Sinister (Nathaniel Essex) Exodus (Bennet du Paris) Mystique (Raven Darkhölme) Antagonists: First Horsemen of Apocalypse (Main story and flashback) Death (Main story and flashback) Famine (Main story and flashback) War (Main story and flashback) Pestilence (Main story and flashback) Daemons (Main story and flashback) Summoner (Main story and flashback) Other Characters: The Cursed King (Only appearance; dies)[1] Dryadorian squire (Only appearance; dies)[1] Dryadorian army (Only appearance; dies)[1] Unnamed quartet (Main story and recap) Quaddeus Quo (Main story and recap) Ryl (Main story and recap) (Real name first revealed) Temple (Recap) (Unnamed) Sinner Rose (Recap) (Unnamed) Captain Britain Corps (Named only) Morgan Le Fay (Named only) White Priestesses (Main story and flashback) Genesis (Drawing in recap) Annihilation (Drawing in recap) Gorgon (Tomi Shishido) (Drawing in recap) Brian Braddock (Drawing in recap) Wolverine (Logan) (Drawing in recap) Magik (Illyana Rasputin) (Drawing in recap) Captain Britain (Betsy Braddock) (Drawing in recap) Tarot (Marie-Ange Colbert) (Named only) Xorn (Kuan-Yin) (Named only) Zorn (Shen-Yin) (Named only) Banshee (Sean Cassidy) (Main story and flashback) Healer Unus the Untouchable (Gunther Bain) (Main story and flashback) God (Yahweh) (Mentioned) Homines Verendi (Mentioned) The Flower Cartel (Mentioned) XENO (Mentioned) Orchis (Mentioned) Monarch (Jamie Braddock) (Mentioned) Roma Regina (Named only) Merlyn (Named only) Forgemaster Federal - Fury 005 (Named only) Colony Queen Vesperidae (Named only) Countex Oublia (Named only) Countex Oscura (Named only) Mad Jim Jaspers (Named only) Swordbearers of Krakoa (Mentioned) Swordbearers of Arakko (Mentioned) A.I.M. S.W.O.R.D. (Named only) Races and Species: Daemons (Main story and flashback) Mutants (Main story and flashback) Humans (Main story and flashback) Dinosaurs Wolves (Mentioned) Faeries (Main story and flashback) Krakoas (Main story and recap) Technarchy Chimeras Birds Locations: Otherworld Foul Courts Dryador (First appearance) Del Di'Lorr (First appearance) Holy Republic of Fae (Named only) Hothive (Mentioned) Blightspoke (Mentioned) Crooked Market (Named only) Starlight Citadel Fair Courts (Named only) Avalon (Mentioned) Floating Kingdom of Roma Regina (Named only) Infuri the Everforge (Named only) Sevalith (Named only) Mercator (Named only) Amenth (Named only) Arakko (Mentioned) Unidentified reality (Some forgotten place. Some forsaken time.) (Recap) Unnamed star (Destruction in recap) Prime Marvel Universe (Main story and recap) Earth (Main story and recap) Lyon, France (Named only) Pacific Ocean (Main story and recap) Krakoa (Main story and recap) Arak Coral (Main story and recap) Eternal Caldera (Main story and recap) External Gate (Main story and recap) Healing Gardens The Grove House of M (Mentioned) Okkara (Destruction in recap) Earth Orbit Moon Blue Area of the Moon Summer House The Peak A.I.M. Island Heaven (Named only) Sun (Mentioned) Hell (Mentioned) Items: X-Uniforms (Main story and drawing in recap) Banshee's Wings (Main story and drawing in recap) Vermilion (First appearance) Grasscutter (Drawing in recap) Godkiller (Drawing in recap) Light of Galador (Main story and drawing in recap) Transmode Virus (Main story and drawing in recap) The Scarab (Drawing in recap) Magneto's Helmet (Main story and drawing in recap) Wolverine's Suit (Drawing in recap) Muramasa Blade (Drawing in recap) Sword of Might (Drawing in recap) Soulsword (Drawing in recap) Captain Britain's Uniform (Drawing in recap) Flowers of Krakoa Habitat Gateways Cerebro Twilight Sword (Recap) Techno-Organic Virus Cyclops' Visor Mercy (Mentioned) Colony (First appearance) The Black Bone of Amduat (Mentioned) Seducer (Mentioned) Pogg Ur-Pogg (Mentioned) Purity (Mentioned) Alluvium (Mentioned) Starlight Sword (Mentioned) Skybreaker (Mentioned) Synopsis for "X of Swords: Chapter 01" Standing at the foot of a massive army, the The First Horsemen gaze upon Del Di'Lorr, the last watchtower of the Kingdom of Dryador. Death gives the command, and the army attacks, quickly breaking through the walls and pouring into the city. Inside, the ruler of Dryador, the Cursed King, prepares to make his final stand. He sends a squire with a warning to Saturnyne of what is coming. The Horsemen allow the messenger to flee, though not before Pestilence shoots him with an arrow, poisoning him. The messenger reaches the Starlight Citadel and warns Saturnyne that the tower and Arakko have fallen. Saturnyne prepares to make a tarot reading, sending her servants out to acquire what she needs. They summon an eldritch horror living within a sun and gather its essence, forging it into a seeing eye. She lays out a tarot reading; Judgement, Four of Wands, The Hanged Man, Eight of Cups and Ten of Swords. Each card portends to the mutants of Krakoa and Arakko. On Krakoa, the Summoner emerges from the gate bearing a grievously wounded Banshee. He is taken to the Healing Gardens, where the Summoner tells Apocalypse that they were ambushed on the way to Arakko. Apocalypse brings Summoner before the Quiet Council. When asked why he built the External Gate, he tells them that he did so in the hope of re-uniting Krakoa with its lost half, which the island itself supported. Summoner tells the Council that they were ambushed by the dark armies of Amenth, and that Unus was captured while he fled with the injured Banshee to warn the Quiet Council of the coming threat. The Council debates what to do with the gate, and while the majority vote to destroy it for fear that the Amenthi hordes will use it to cross over, Krakoa overrules them, stating that the gate is not to be destroyed. Apocalypse volunteers to lead a force to rescue Unus and leaves to ask for volunteers, as the mission is not sanctioned by the Quiet Council. The volunteers are composed of Siryn, Havok, Monet, Beast, Archangel, Rictor, and Rockslide, who join Apocalypse and Summoner. As they cross through the gate, they find the army of Amenth laying siege to the Starlight Citadel. Apocalypse quickly spots the First Horsemen, his children, and weeps as he sees them. He approaches them, asking how it is that they are still alive if Arakko has fallen. While Apocalypse and his team make contact with the Horsemen, Rachel Summers and Cable examine the wounded Banshee, feeling his mind screaming out to them. They examine his memories, and are horrified to learn that Summoner had lied; he betrayed Banshee and Unus and was now leading the Krakoans into a trap. While examining his memory, they are suddenly met by Saturnyne, who tells them they are looking for the wrong thing. She implants the information of what they need into their minds. Cable runs to tell Cyclops and Jean Grey while Rachel stays behind to continue to probe Banshee's mind. After the Horsemen tell Apocalypse that their mother fell to the Twilight Sword, they and Summoner suddenly ambush him. A fight breaks out; while Beast and Rictor try to carry a wounded Apocalypse back through the gate, the others hold off the Horsemen and the Amenthi army. Rockslide is killed by Summoner and Rictor is shot by an arrow from Pestilence, prompting Siryn and Archangel to carry him and Apocalypse through the gate as Beast calls a retreat. Havok, Monet and Polaris remain behind to make sure no one else crosses through the gate. Monet telepathically reaches out to Saturnyne to ask why she won't help them in the battle, but she refuses her, prompting Polaris to drag the Starlight Citadel down. This is in fact just what Saturnyne intended, and she proceeds to freeze the two warring forces in place. She chastises Death for bringing an army into her lands, and temporarily reverts him to a child as a show of her power. Death remains defiant, replying that they will conquer Krakoa no matter the cost. As the conquerors of Dryador, Saturnyne offers the Horsemen the chance to earn their prize with her good will; in three days time they will gather their greatest champions to fight the champions of Otherworld for the right to pass through the External Gate and claim Krakoa. Death agrees, and Saturnyne unfreezes the Krakoans. Knowing they have no choice but to fight in order to save their home, they volunteer to act as Otherworld's champions. Saturnyne produces another card, predicting each side's champions by the blade they wield. For Arakko, they are: The Twilight Blade, Mercy, Vermilion, the Red Sword of War, Colony, the Black Bone of Amduat, Seducer, Pogg Ur-Pogg, Purity, Alluvium and Muramasa. For Krakoa, they are: Muramasa, the Sword of Might, the Starlight Sword, Grasscutter & Godkiller, Warlock, the Soulsword, the Scarab, the Light of Galador and Skybreaker (Sword)

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