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Imhullu, The Killing Wind
Real Name: Imhullu
Powers: Indestructible; While closed, the fan is durable enough to be used as a staff, but when the fan is opened and swung hard enough, it will create a gale so powerful that it can knock the soul out of anything in it's way. Weak souls are disintegrated from the wind while stronger souls could survive and can return to their body. And those who are more powerful could resist getting their soul blown out, but are still blown back by the sheer force of the gale itself.
First Appearance: Babylonian Mythology - Enûma Eliš

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"One of the most deadly weapons in Sargasso. Those who use this weapon could be considered the most dangerous being on the continent, as one good hard swing will have the fan create a gust so powerful that it can knock out the soul of the body of whoever gets caught in the gale, with weaker souls getting annihilated from the force. Stronger souls are able to survive the blast, but they have to get back to their body to resume living.

If the staff's user is malicious, they may do something horrible to the body before the spirit could return. Or worse yet, dispose of the body in a way so the soul can't ever return. Those who are powerful enough may resist getting their soul blown out, but they still end up getting knocked back two or three city blocks away from the gale."


If you guys are familiar with the Final Fantasy series, you'd probably have heard of the most recurring character they have besides Cid, which I mean the 6 to 8-armed sword collector, Gilgamesh. In many of his appearances in the games, he has a set of four swords that he usually carries with him.

Those are as such: Masamune, Excalibur, Excalipoor and Zantetsuken. I'll get to Zantetsuken in just a minute, but in Final Fantasy XIII-2 as DLC, you can fight Gilgamesh. Though in this he has two more swords to go with the other four, Murasama and Bashosen. The later is a new sword, which is a reference to the Bashosen weapon from the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West which it was actually a giant fan-like weapon used by the Demon King Ginkaku, and its name translates as "Banana Palm Fan". In Gilgamesh's Boss Fight, The Bashosen sword has the ability to create a tornado when swung.

Seeing that got me thinking about Imhullu, a killing wind used by the Babylonian god, Marduk, to tear the earth goddess, Tiamat, in half. Then I though about this scene in Final Fantasy 8 where Gilgamesh appeared and used his recently acquired Zantetsuken to blow away a Boss that killed the sword's previous owner. So then I thought, why not mix the two together?

So I did, but my main tweak is that instead of a sword, I made Imhullu a giant fan/quarterstaff. So it has the deadly capabilities of Zantetsuken, only it's not the staff itself that kills you, it's the gust the staff creates that kills you.

'Imhullu is an open source weapon created specifically for use by anyone. Feel free to use it any way you wish. You must also give creator credit.'

This item was made using Hero Machine 3.

The image is copyright AFD Studios/heromachine.com and is posted here as a fair use reference.
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AKoukis's avatar
Very interesting! Love the colors, too!
Amanacer-Fiend0's avatar
Just imagine your novel's heroine or that book's villain having THIS as a weapon! :)
AKoukis's avatar
Oh man!!! My book's villain is already a beast!! I can't imagine them having this! XD Unbeatable!!!
BassoeG's avatar
It isn't a weapon, or at least, it wasn't initially designed as one. Human nature and the law of early adopters. A tool for extracting, reinstalling and potentially transferring souls from the bodies containing them has all sorts of uses besides deliberately doing exactly what the instruction manual warned against so it just rips souls apart and kills people.
Amanacer-Fiend0's avatar
Not a bad idea for a possible backstory. It would be an interesting thing to try and figure out how to make something so destructive useful.
D3AD-MAD-HATT3R's avatar
Quite and interesting and powerful weapon.
Amanacer-Fiend0's avatar
I remember that Nuke Girl has a weakness to magic, but I'm guessing she'd be strong enough to stay mostly intact against it.
D3AD-MAD-HATT3R's avatar
Yes. She’s more resistant to magic than most none magical characters, but it still hurts more than conventional attacks.
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