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An action fantasy tale of self-discovery and revenge as a young man perfects the art of the sword.
An action fantasy tale of self-discovery and revenge as a young man perfects the art of the sword.
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Sword Theory is a sword & sorcery series that chronicles the adventures of Broden Shindra, a young warrior who is just beginning to know his true power. 

As the book begins, Broden discovers that he’s the only one in the world who can defeat an immortal necromancer and his vast undead army. To survive, he must master the art of the sword.

Sword Theory is a collaboration by artist Mark Henry (Frontier Graveyard) and writer Adam Cogan (The Black Coat) as an homage to our shared love of insane kung fu flicks, sword and sorcery fantasy novels, and decapitastic samurai movies. We believe there’s room in the comics industry for more diverse characters, more underrepresented story genres, and way more sword fights.

If we just checked off some boxes on your personal comics wish list, please help support Sword Theory by investing in the Kickstarter and spreading the word to your friends.

It is an age of darkness. Viggoth the Cursed, immortal necromancer and swordsman without equal, rules over a vast empire consumed by chaos, death, and conquest. 

Viggoth, fallen hero of a bygone era, sends forth his undead army of Stricken to scour the world to hunt down and slay the last remaining heirs of his bloodline. Only his family line may safely wield the legendary sword Twilight, a weapon of vast power that was prophesied to one day slay Viggoth and end his reign. 

After years of searching, Viggoth’s last living descendant has finally been found. Broden is a clever boy from a sleepy fishing village, a dreamer who yearns to become a great warrior. He was unaware of his heritage until the day Viggoth’s army swept over his tiny island, burning and destroying all that Broden loved.

In the ongoing series, Viggoth’s undead legions continue to hound Broden to every mysterious corner of the world. Always on the run, Broden often finds himself fending off undead zombies and horrible monsters who have been dispatched to cut him down or steal his magic blade. Broden must not only survive, but somehow hold onto Twilight and learn how to unlock its power.

 

 

Twilight the Shadow Chaser

The legendary sword Twilight was forged with the purpose of defeating the undead, and is bound by magic to the Shindra family line. In all the world, no one but Broden may wield Twilight and live. 

It is prophesied that Twilight will one day slay Viggoth and end his tyranny of the living.

Nharadrix The Night Wind

This cursed blade is wielded by Emperor Viggoth, and their fates are intertwined. It is an oddly-shaped blade, composed of many linked segments, like a string of razor sharp vertebrae. This allows the sword to be incredibly supple, to bend like a Chinese spear, to stretch out like a whip, or grow rigid, depending on Viggoth’s will.

Nhardrix is inhabited by the soul of a powerful Necromancer, hungering for blood, and urging Viggoth to ever greater acts of desecration.

Broden Shindra

A clever boy from the sleepy fishing village island of Montegan, Broden was forced to leave behind his old way of life when a raiding party of undead Stricken arrived and massacred the village.

Broden soon learns that he was responsible for the death of everyone he loved. Broden is the last living relative of Viggoth The Cursed, the evil emperor of Morrovia. For the past hundred years, Viggoth has hunted down and slain his family bloodline. Now only Broden remains, and a vast undead army is hunting him down.

But Broden is not without hope. He is armed with the legendary sword Twilight, and an a burning will for revenge.

Taggren

A grizzled, cantankerous veteran of the Keshian War, Taggren settled on Montegan Island before Broden was born to live out his retirement in peace - or so Broden grew up believing. In fact, Taggren was a lieutenant and closest companion to Broden’s father during the war. Taggren is oathbound to protect Broden and prevent the sword Twilight from falling into Viggoth’s grasp.

Taggren and Broden’s father Kyllan spent much of their youth adventuring and question for the hiding place of the famed sword Twilight. When Kyllen died, Taggren brought Broden and the sword to Broden’s grandfather Eomund for safekeeping.

Taggren often quarreled with Eomund, who forbid the boy from learning of his true destiny. Taggren believed that the enemy would some day find its way to Montegan. He was right.

A skilled blademaster does not always make for a skilled teacher. Taggren has little patience for Broden’s whoolgathering ways. With an undead army at their heels, lessons in swordplay are swiftly put into practice. 

Ninguo

Once a rising star among Viggoth’s courtiers, the necromancer Ninguo fell out of favor resulting from a deadly political rivalry with Viggoth’s right hand, General Gydeen. 

Now assigned to a miserable post in command of a small force among Viggoth’s eastern-most legions, Ninguo succeeds in discovering Broden’s location, and sees an opportunity to redeem himself. If he should capture Broden, there’s no telling how high Ninguo might rise…

First Blade Kahlo

Ninguo’s second in command, Kahlo is a brutal and utterly fearless swordsman, who has earned his place as First Blade through his improbable powers of carnage. He has died many times and suffered a thousand crippling wounds, but Ninguo keeps bringing him back through the powers of necromancy. Kahlo is bound to Ninguo, a servant with emotion (especially rage), but no self-will that doesn’t come from Ninguo. 

Kahlo has gradually perfected a sword style that takes full advantage of his near-immortality, setting aside caution and self-preservation to emphasize quick, vicious strikes. His “Hurricane Form” is infamous, a berserker style said to be impossible to defeat without dying in turn.

Tayvon Sarundi 

Tayvon Sarundi is one of the most powerful men in the sprawling city of Sparr, and he’s cultivated a reputation as a brilliant strategist with penchant for sudden violence. His formidable magic sword Zephyr has the ability to turn invisible, and he’s developed a unique fighting style that takes full advantage of it. 

Char Mogaru

 Char Mogaru is a renegade leader and would-be tyrant of the mysterious Kaadi, the nomadic tribes of magical mutants that inhabit the Azani Wastes. Though he receives support from the Morrovian Empire, many of the Kaadi continue to flock to his banner.

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 CROSSOVER PRINT REWARD 

 If you back both Sword Theory #1 and Kasai: The Homecoming #1 at the $10 you get this free print by Phil Buckenham and Marco Pagnotta. Kasai returns home to Kyoto Japan to figure out how to deal with her new super stardom and reunite with her estranged father, Kagu God Of Fire.

Mark Henry

Mark Henry a.k.a. Profesone is an independent comic artist from Miami, Florida whose work has appeared in Heavy Metal Magazine, Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse Comics), C-23 (Wildstorm), Ghost/Batgirl (DC/Dark Horse), and Ghost Omnibus (Dark Horse Comics). 

Sword Theory is his second Kickstarter, having completed a successful campaign for his zombie western comic Frontier Graveyard.  

Visit Mark on Facebook and Twitter to stay current with his convention appearances, commissions, and upcoming projects, and check out his latest web comics on Tapastic.

Adam Cogan

Adam is a writer and video game designer living in southern Maine with his beautiful wife, two super-cute daughters, and one ugly cat.

His video game credits include Robotech: Battlecry, inFAMOUS 2, the Kingdoms of Amalur MMO, and Con Man: The Game. He had the honor of receiving the Writer’s Guild Award in 2007 for his work on the “twisted noir” action title Dead Head Fred. Adam established Dark Unicorn Games in 2016 to work on original tabletop and digital games. Their first product is a superhero parody card game called Super Powered Smash Masters.

Adam has written several independent comics, including The Black Coat (Ape Entertainment), Temple Run (Ape Entertainment), and the creator-owned Villains (Viper Comics), which was optioned by Universal Studios to become a major motion picture. Adam’s many collaborations with artist Mark Henry include Sword Theory, Chasing Shadows, and Dizzy Spells.

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