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"The story goes that Sparda served as the feudal lord at the city long ago. The people who live there today take these legends as truth and worship him. Just like a god."
―Lady to Dante in Devil May Cry 4.
The Order of the Sword
The Order of the Sword insignia
Organization Data
Leader Sanctus (Formerly)
Base of Operations Fortuna
Status Dissolved
Real World Data
Appearance(s) Devil May Cry 4

The Order of the Sword (魔剣教団 Maken Kyōdan?) is a religion that believes that long ago, Sparda served as the feudal lord in Fortuna and[1] worship him with the objective to eradicate all demons in his name.[2]

Base of OperationsEdit

The main headquarters of the Order is an immense fortress on the eastern side of the island, built above the ocean itself.

OverviewEdit

TechnologyEdit

The Order has an extensive research division, which not only develops human weapons, like swords, but also explores magical field. They use this knowledge to create their own artificial demons, among many other uses.[3]

WeaponsEdit

The Order's weapon craftsman is Agnus, who creates extraordinary weapons, weapons that have special abilities (mostly swords), to protect the Order at all costs.

  • Caliburn - Standard weapons of the Order's Knights.
  • Durandal - Officers' swords.

Artificial demonsEdit

Demons created by the Order to support their ranks.

  • Cutlass - A demon made from combining fish and a blade, it can cut through the earth and metal with its powerful fin-blade.
  • Gladius - A reptilian flying demon that can take the shape of a large sword. It is wielded by Agnus as his preferred weapon.
  • Basilisk - A dog-shaped demon capable of launching its head like a fireball.
  • Bianco Angelos - Artificial demons created by animating a hollow shell using demon and human souls.
  • The Savior - A gigantic, immensely powerful demon, created in the image of Sparda by melding together millennia of demonic matter and spirit.[4] It is pivotal to the Order's plans.

Other technologyEdit

  • Ascension ceremony- A magical ritual devised by the Order in order to empower its subjects. If successful, it grants the participants supernatural powers and angelic appearance, although in reality they only become demons.
  • Hell Gates - By making the smaller copies of the real Hell Gate and powering them with the powerful Devil Arms- The Order was able to opens pathways to the Demon World. They use them as an endless supply of demons.[5]
  • Chrono Slicers- Time-manipulating devices, requiring the Key of Cronus to function. Most of them are just prototypes and operate only for a limited period of time.
  • Laser Barriers - These defense mechanisms are composed of rapid-moving lasers, these are encountered in the Headquarters of the Order.
  • Gyro Blade - Large powerful artifacts shaped into top-like structures. They are capable of mobility only with the use of the Anima Mercury.
  • Jump Pads - Pads that allow the user to reach greater heights. They can only be used when the Wing Talisman is nearby.

HistoryEdit

Before Devil May Cry 4Edit

The Order has been collecting Devil Arms for some time before game, in order to create minor Hell Gates across the island. In turn, the Gates were needed to summon demons and thus provide the Order with the material to build their own artificial demons (the Angelos and other lesser demons), power the Ascension Ceremony, as well as complete The Savior.[5][4]

MembersEdit

The Order of the Sword

Knights of the Order, also called the Holy Knights are the elite military force of the Order of the Sword.

The Order was headed by Sanctus, the holy priest of the Order and Vicar of Sparda[6] who is killed by Dante at the beginning of the game. He was later resurrected through the Ascension Ceremony. After his death at the hands of Nero however, it is unknown of what became of the order's leadership. The Knights of the Order were previously lead by the previous Supreme Commander, Credo.[7] Knights all wear uniform clothes and swords, designed by Agnus, the Order's former Chief Alchemist.[8]

Name Rank Status
SanctusRuler of the Order; Vicar of Sparda[6]Deceased
AgnusChief Alchemist[8]Deceased
Credo Supreme General of the Holy Knights[7]Deceased
JoshHoly KnightDeceased
NeroHoly KnightDefected
Gloria (ruse)Holy Knight Executive Defected

ReferencesEdit

  1. Devil May Cry 4, Dialogue: Lady: "The story goes that Sparda served as the feudal lord at the [Fortuna] city long ago. The people who live there today take these legends as truth and worship him. Just like a god."
  2. Devil May Cry 4, Manual: "In times past, the Order of the Sword fought to protect mankind. They revere the demon warrior Sparda as their god, and their hatred of all other demons runs deep. Their sole purpose is the extermination of these demons."
  3. Devil May Cry, Dialogue: Agnus: "It has only been a few years since I began this research… Could we isolate and bind demonic power, it could enable us to conquer the world! And that, that is the wish of His Holiness!"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Devil May Cry 4, Boss File — The Savior: "The most powerful demon brought forth by the Order of the Sword. Its exterior, oft-mistaken to be a god, holds a millennia of demonic matter and spirit melded together. With the blood of Sparda and his ancient sword, it will be possible to control The Savior for the first time."
  5. 5.0 5.1 Devil May Cry 4, Dialogue: Agnus: "See what just a small fraction of my research has yielded? Look! How beautiful this white armor stands! You have no idea the hardship to make just one armor come to life. I had to capture and control countless demons to harness their souls. Summoning them alone was almost an insurmountable task!" Nero: "Summoning, so it was you... who made the gate!" Agnus: "Yes, yes, the Hellgate. I created it merely as a reference in substitution for the real gate. But after utilizing an extremely powerful devil arm… It proved sufficient."
  6. 6.0 6.1 Devil May Cry 4, Character File — Sanctus: "Sanctus is the infallible ruler of the Order of the Sword, and the Vicar of Sparda. Having gained absolute trust from his flock, he has earned a reputation as one of the greatest leaders in the history of the Order. He once served as Supreme General of the Holy Knights, and is known to have an undying appetite for knowledge."
  7. 7.0 7.1 Devil May Cry 4, Character File - Credo: "Credo is the Supreme General of the Holy Knights, and earned his title due to his ability with a blade. His austere demeanor and ability to lead his forces have made him a beloved leader and comrade. As Kyrie's brother, he too has accepted Nero into his family, despite the youth's insubordination."
  8. 8.0 8.1 Devil May Cry 4, Character File - Agnus: "Agnus serves as the Chief Alchemist for the Order. In charge of development of anti-demonic technologies and arms, he is responsible for the iconic sword used by the Holy Knights. Often a lab shut-in and prone to stuttering, he is so rarely seen that his very existence is unknown to some members of the Order."

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