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The Sword of Fathoms was the name of the falchion Fjord was gifted by his patron Uk'otoa.



The Sword of Fathoms was a one-handed falchion. Its most remarkable feature was that some areas of the weapon were covered in sea weed and mollusks. Moreover, whenever the sword was summoned, a small jet of sea water was shot from the user's hand, and the blade continued producing sea water for as long as it was summoned.

Another feature of the Sword of Fathoms was that its form changed based on the number of Cloven Crystals that its user had absorbed (one yellow glowing eye appeared on the blade per crystal consumed by its wielder).[3]

Due to the sword's capabilities of absorbing other weapons, the Sword of Fathoms combined these previously mentioned physical features with the ones of the absorbed weapon.[4]

Fjord's falchion's evolution

Fan art of the evolution of the Sword of Fathoms, by Inkarat.[art 2]


Avantika revealed that the blade belonged to Vandran prior to Fjord, and that it was he who named it the Sword of Fathoms.[5]

After Uk'otoa punished Fjord for not putting the remaining cloven crystal in the last temple, Fjord abandoned his pact and destroyed the sword by throwing it into a pool of lava in the Kiln under Kravaraad.[6] While he believed that the Cloven Crystal remaining in the sword was thereby destroyed, that was not the case. In "Dark Waters" (2x98), the Mighty Nein's ship was attacked en route to the peace negotiations between the Empire and Dynasty by several deep scions carrying duplicates of the Sword of Fathoms (though without a crystal). Fjord was killed and the scions appeared to be stabbing and digging at his chest and attempted to carry off his body. Fjord realized that the crystal was not within the sword that had been destroyed, but remained in his chest.[7] This was confirmed when Caduceus ejected the crystal with a Greater Restoration.[8] The Mighty Nein stored the crystal in Caleb's Vault of Amber to shield it from divination magic.[9]

Shackles - BlackSalander

Fan art of Breaking the Shackles, by BlackSalander.[art 3]


Though not magical itself, the Sword of Fathoms could absorb other magical weapons and take their properties, as well as some of their physical features. It could absorb as many weapons as the wielder desired, but upon absorbing new properties, the old ones were lost, taken by Uk'otoa.[10]

Fjord used it to absorb two blades:


  1. See "Clay and Dust" (2x72) at 3:11:14.
  2. See "Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) at 2:41:00.
  3. See "The Diver's Grave" (2x44) from 3:34:42 through 3:35:57.
  4. See "The Journey Home" (2x30) at 2:21:40.
  5. See "Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) at 2:41:00.
  6. See "Clay and Dust" (2x72) at 3:11:14.
  7. See "Dark Waters" (2x98) at 5:06:50.
  8. See "High Seas, High Stakes" (2x99) from 0:56:40 through 59:21.
  9. See "High Seas, High Stakes" (2x99) at 0:59:45.
  10. Reddit icon Matthew Mercer (MatthewMercer) on the Critical Role subreddit: "To answer your question, I've customized some elements of the Hexblade for Fjord's journey. With the Weapon itself being so central to the class and the story I want to weave for him, I didn't want him to just continue swapping new weapons for upgrades (or always finding some form of magical falchions like they were candy). As it stands, when he "consumes" a weapon (which works as attunement), the properties of the weapon transfer to his Falchion (meaning it will always have a falchion's damage die). This is quite good, depending on the weapon found. // However, whenever he consumes a new weapon, the previous is lost forever... the item and enchantment now taken by his patron." (August 11, 2018)
  11. See "Fleeting Memories" (2x14).
  12. See "The Journey Home" (2x30) at 1:10:28.


  1. Fan art of the Sword of Fathoms, by BlackSalander (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of the evolution of the Sword of Fathoms, by Inkarat (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Breaking the Shackles, by BlackSalander (source). Used with permission.