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Within the classic Thundercats universe, is the Sword of Omens itself a magical item that was further empowered by the Eye of Thundera?

OR...

Is the sword itself no more than a weaponized conduit, with all powers then attributed to the Eye?

The series seemed to give differing ideas via implication throughout the seasons.

Its properly established from season 1 that the Eye is "the source of the Thundercats power", and that all Thunderians who are granted the title "ThunderCat" become somehow mystically connected to and further empowered by the eye. Anything that may befall the eye will have a corresponding negative effect on the warriors themselves. This seems to be backed by the fact that when Lynxo, Pumyra and Bengali were added to the team, Lion-O had to "knight them", using the sword to mark them with the Thundercats insignia.

However, while the sword and eye are connected, Jagga himself said the eye was "embedded into the mystical Sword of Omens", implying that the sword itself had magical properties before the addition of the Eye. Also, when the sword was broken by the superhumanly strong Tug Mug, there was absolute no effect on the eye itself, or the Thundercats.

This sort of implies that the sword itself can be damaged, but the eye will remain unaffected.

Are there any canonical sources that can verify this separation? And if so, what are the sword's powers by itself, without the eye?

NOTE: I spoke specifically to the classic Thundercats cartoon and universe because the 2011 series seems to to have differing magical aspects and storylines which disregard a lot of what the classic series put forth as canon.

In that series, we saw the metal of the sword of Omens itself is unique, having been crafted in secret by space-faring Thunderians under Mum-ra's rule from left over magical metal. This metal was created by the destruction of an entire star system with some living inhabitants, and was made to be a powerful enough vesel to wield a mystical stone that would eventually become the Eye of Thundera. The Eye itself is but one of a set of cosmic ingots of incredible power which Mum-Ra [reimagined as an ancient, mystically empowered space-fairing dark tyrant] is trying to collect.

The exact power of the Eye is sort of nebulous in this series; it's not unlike the Infinite Stones of Marvel, just not tied to one singular aspect. However, it was made clear that the sword itself was a fairly magical weapon, even without the Eye.

I can't really speak to the modern-day Thundercats comics, so I do not know if their canon follows the 1985 series, the 2011 series, or if they do something entirely different.

As such, if different answers need to be given for all versions, that would be understood.

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In the (original) Thundercats episode Excalibur, the titular sword attacks and stabs the Eye of Thundera. The Sword of Omens immediately loses its ability to fly, shortens in length, stops glowing and depowers the Thundercats.

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It would appear that the sword is merely a repository for the Eye rather than magical in its own right.

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  • I remember this episode; it does support what I said about the Eye itself amplifying the sword's power. But again, it was the Eye that was hurt, not the sword. This was the exact reason I mentioned the Tug Mug incident; when the sword blade was damaged, it was simply repaired later with no ill effects. However, the inverse doesn't seem to be true; is that because the Eye "powers" the sword, and thus the sword is just a hunk of metal without it? Or is it because the Eye, the Sword and Lion-O are connected so the Eye is hurt, it breaks Lion-O's focus, and the sword reacts by extension? – Russhiro Sep 27 '19 at 21:11
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    @RussRainford - It seems to prove that without the Eye, it's just a short-bladed sword with no other special properties of its own – Valorum Sep 27 '19 at 21:17
  • But again, that goes against what was clearly stated by many characters. Jagga did say that Lion-O and the "Sword" [I'm guessing he meant both the weapon and the Eye] are linked, hence why Lion-O doesn't call the Eye of Thunderia to his hands, but the sword itself. Concurrently, when he activates "Sight Beyond Sight", we see the Eye react, as well as the sword. On the other hand again we have seen Lion-O increase the sword's length and use it's multiple abilities without the Eye many times; the power just seems somewhat lesser. So it's somewhat inconsistently portrayed. – Russhiro Sep 27 '19 at 21:29

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