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Jun 9, 2013 @ 2:24pm
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Update coming when Steam lets me...

This was a mod I made a while ago, when I first got Skyrim. I went ahead and refined it to share with you!

The mod adds the Vorpal Sword to High Gate Ruins, as well as a copy of the poem called ''Jabberwocky.'' See spoiler at the end of the description for more information.

The sword is equal in strength to a Daedric Greatsword, damages stamina, does 42 points of damage to dragons, and has a 12% chance of knocking opponents to the ground. When it knocks an opponent to the ground, it goes snicker-snack, sounding very much like the sound of a soul being trapped (but of course no souls are harmed).

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Now, as you may have noticed, this sword has nothing to do with American McGee's Alice, or the vorpal swords from Dungeons & Dragons. The sword has NO special decapitation chance. Lewis Carroll never said it did. The sword was used to kill the Jabberwock, but the poem does not say that the Jabberwock died from decapitation, only that ''He left it dead, and with its head, he went galumphing back.''

This sword is based on the sword described in Jabberwocky and illustrated by John Tenniel. I used the Iron Greatsword as a base because it looks most like the sword in the illustration, and because the iron greatsword looks awesome. It's essentially a two-handed Dragonbane, to an extent.

The Vorpal Blade is a one-handed version closely resembling the Vorpal Sword. You can craft it with two quicksilver ingots, two gold ingots and two blue mountain flowers if you have the Vorpal Sword in your inventory as well as the Arcane Blacksmith perk.
The Vorpal Blade is equal in strength to a Daedric sword, and does minors stamina damage, deals 24 damage to dragons and snicker-snacks half as often as the Vorpal Sword.

The two swords look exactly alike except for size.
The two-handed sword is NOT craftable, but you need it to craft the one-handed blade.

Also on the Nexus[skyrim.nexusmods.com]

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You can find the sword next to Vokun's tomb, and the poem just outside the door to his tomb

Click here for a video explaining the location of the sword and how to forge the blade


Version History:
Coming when Steam lets me: November 4th, 2013 - fixed One-handed tempering.
June 13th, 2013 - added One-handed version, the Vorpal Blade.
June 12th, 2013 - added snicker-snack and made the knockback effect of the sword more rare.
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JKalenad  [author] Apr 22 @ 12:47pm 
I've been spoiled by the impeccable wit and writing in the original books that I get frustrated with the fact that because Alice is over 150 years old and has become ingrained in popular culture, it is apparently no longer read or adapted, but only referenced. I find it hard to understand why the mini-series bothered to use elements from the original books if it wasn't going to bother with the story. I'm sure it's fantastic on its own, but I ca'n't help but look at things from inside Wonderland.
Blue Apr 22 @ 12:07pm 
I can't I know Carroll's work near as well as you must, but I have a spot in my heart for under appreciated writers. I will say this about the mini-series; It doesn't claim to actually be depicting Lewis Carroll's story. Their idea was to show something that might happen in the distant future. Kind of a twist on those "dystopian future" movies I guess. And it's cool that you approve of their Jabberwock.
JKalenad  [author] Apr 22 @ 10:05am 
Let's assume the Tim Burton film quoted the poem wrong, even if it got the words right. Considering everything else it got so very, very wrong.
The mini-series looks pretty good, I'll admit, and I like how the Jabberwock sounds and moves. I'm such an Alice purist, though, that I ca'n't see myself watching it all the way through.
And yeah, the poem pretty much says that the Jabberwock was killed and its head was brought back as a trophy, rather than killed by decapitation. "One, two! One, two! and through and through! The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head, he went galumphing back."
I'm always happy to discuss Lewis Carroll's work. It's not appreciated as much as it should be.
Blue Apr 22 @ 9:40am 
You memorized Jabberwocky? THAT is impressive. It's one thing to memorize a poem, quite another to memorize a poem that uses words like frabjous and outgrabe. Anyway, the Jabberwock scene was probably my favorite part of the whole series. Have you seen the way they made it move? I think it's great. I couldn't find a very good video of it (Just the damn jhony depp version) but you can see it here at 3:18.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72TLRa5KB8s
Oh, and they did actually get the name correct. As for the poem, I know it says flaming eye's but I remember depp saying "Beware the Jabberwock my son, the eyes that burn, the teeth that bite, the claws that catch."
Btw, I agree with you about the decapitation thing. I think "One two, one two! And through and through" actually implies that he stabbed it to death.
...damn, my comments are long winded. Sorry about that...
JKalenad  [author] Apr 21 @ 3:31pm 
The original stanza goes, "And, as in uffish thought he stood, The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame, came whiffling through the tulgey wood, and burbled as it came." I...I have the poem memorized. I've never really seen an Alice adaptation that I liked, mostly because I know from experience that performing book as written is more entertaining than any modernization or reimagining can be. In my mind, if filmmakers wanted to make a new and unique take on Alice, they should just adapt the book as close as possible, since nobody's really done that. I am glad to see that the miniseries stayed true to the Jabberwock's bug-dragon design, though. It's delightfully creepy.
Blue Apr 21 @ 8:06am 
Yep, I remember that scene. I also seem to remember him adding the line "The eyes that burn", but I could be wrong. And it really does seem like the film is based almost completley on that poem. On a side note, I have to say if I was Alice in that movie I would have stayed in wonderland. Another one was a mini-series just called "Alice" which I enjoyed for the most part, but they still said Jabberwocky. They did make it look much more like the original illustrations though.
http://www.sfx.co.uk/2011/01/24/alice-creating-the-jabberwock/
JKalenad  [author] Apr 21 @ 5:13am 
I know, right?! That's one of my biggest pet peeves!
One of the worst examples is in Tim Burton's "adaptation," when the Mad Hatter recites a bastardized form of the poem that actually INCLUDES the line "Beware the Jabberwock, my son..." And despite that the monster is called Jabberwocky, as though they are fighting the poem itself.
And that film sure feels like they are.
Blue Apr 21 @ 4:18am 
Oh my god, THANK YOU for knowing it's the called JABBERWOCK and not "Jabberwocky"! Everywhere I look people call the beast the Jabberwocky, even though that's just the name of the poem. <.<
Darkash Apr 10 @ 6:21pm 
nice :)
Irish Duck Mar 30 @ 5:53pm 
I'd get it... If it weren't simply the two handed iron sword recolored..