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Almace

AlmaceAugmentedRareExclusive
(Sword) All Races
DMG: 57 Delay: 224 DEX +10
"Chant du Cygne"
Aftermath: Occ. deals double damage
Lv. 85 RDM / PLD / BLU

Damage Per Second: 15.27
TP Per Hit: 60

Other Uses

Resale Price: Cannot be sold to NPCs.

Used in Quest:

Synthesis Recipes

None

Used in Recipes

  • None

Desynthesis Recipe

None

Obtained From Desynthesis

  • None

How to Obtain

Cannot be auctioned, traded, or bazaared, but can be delivered to a character on the same account.

Quest

Historical Information

In the epic poem Le Chanson de Roland ("Song of Roland"), Almace (alternatively Almice or Almacia) is the sword of Turpin, Archbishop of Reims, one of the last three Franks to die at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass, along with Roland and Gualter de Hum.

Unlike Roland's much more famous sword Durandal, very little is said about Almace in the Song of Roland. However the Norse Karlamagnus saga, expands this slightly, claiming that Almace, Durandal, and a sword called Kurt (better known as Curtana) were three swords forged by the legendary Anglo-Saxon blacksmith Weyland, and presented to Charlemagne. Charlemagne tested the swords by seeing how far they would cut into a steel mound; Kurt penetrated "a hand's breadth" but was notched, Almace penetrated a hand's breadth without damage, and Durandal penetrated "half the length of a man's foot". Charlemagne gave Kurt to Ogier the Dane and Almace to Bishop Turpin, and initially kept Durendal for himself. (Later he was told in a dream to give Durendal to Count Roland.)

Another legend, written about Curtana itself, claims that it, Durandal, and Charlemagne's Joyeuse are a set of three, leaving Almace's origins unexplained.

The etymology of the name is uncertain, but it may be derived from German, or from the Old Norse all macht, meaning Almighty.

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