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In Irish mythology, Fragarach (or Freagarthach), known as "The Whisperer" "The Answerer" or "The Retaliator", was the sword of Nuada the first high king known as The Lord of Battles.

Forged by the gods and meant to be wielded only by those whom posed above the stone of destiny Lia Fail and this last one roared and the sword whispered in response.

After Nuada loses his arm in the first battle of Mag Tuired, Dian Cecht a druid, builds for him the silver arm for which he is the called Nuada Argethlam. For being mutilated he is no longer suitable to be a high king. Thus for the second battle of Mag Tuired, Nuada Argethlam chooses Lugh as provisional king due to his multiple gifts.

Lugh defeats the Formorian king Balor and his armies with his spear and a sling given by Mannanan Mac Lyr. Lugh was chosen by Nuada through the way of the sword or the way of the proven warrior, the sword was given as the symbol of the king, however there is no recollection in the poems or anywhere in the Leabhar Gabhála Erennif he wielded the sword in battle.

It was said that no one could tell a lie or move, with Fragarach at his or her throat, thus the name 'Answerer'. It was also said to place the wind at the user's command and could cut through any shield or wall, and had a piercing wound from which no man could recover.

In popular culture[edit]

In The Riders of the Sidhe author Kenneth C. Flint first reveals the sword being wielded by Manannan Mac Lir who reveals to Lugh Lamfada that he just "borrowed" the sword and it is waiting for its rightful owner along with several other artifacts such as the Lia Fail or Stone of Truth.

Science-fantasy author Patricia Kennealy Morrison uses Fragarach in her series The Keltiad. The sword is used by several of her protagonists over the course of the series.

Fragarach appears in the Dungeons & Dragons module The Temple of Elemental Evil as a sword that never misses and "answers" any strike to the wielder with a strike of its own. It later reappeared in 4th Edition as a sword destined to slay Thrumbolg, a powerful fomorian lord.

In the visual novel Fate/hollow ataraxia and manga Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, the sword appears as the weapon of Bazett Fraga McRemitz. It is a weapon that, upon the activation of an opponent's strongest attack, reverses time and kills the enemy before they use their attack.

In the Digimon series, Fragarach is an extensible greatsword carried by Slayerdramon a Mega level Dragon Man Digimon.

In Diane Duane's novel A Wizard Abroad (part of her Young Wizards series), Fragarach is used by Annie Callahan as part of a reenactment of the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh. Besides its common use as a weapon, Fragarach is used to open a gate to the parallel dimension where the Fomor and the Tuatha De Danaan reside.

In the game Mabinogi, Lugh Lavada and Morgant use this weapon as a main weapon. It has 3 different designs.

In the game Vindictus, the prequel to Mabinogi, the sword was originally owned by Lugh Lamhfada, however it was taken from him after his death by the player and has the tendency to appear in various times of need as a Deus ex machina.

In the PS3 game Folklore (known by the title Folkssoul in Japan), Answerer is a folk the player encounters and can capture in the fourth nether realm, the Endless Corridor.

In the manga Project ARMS, Keith Green utilizes a space-slicing technique he calls "Answerer". Later, his genetic template, Takashi Takatsuki/James Huang, uses this technique as well.

The sword appears in the series The Iron Druid Chronicles.[1]


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