The Soultaker is a samurai sword capable of extracting the souls from those that it kills, it's edge is sharp enough to cut through even indestructible Dilustel with ease. The wielder can then communicate with the imprisoned spirit.
The Soultaker Sword was forged along with a twin version by Muramasa, a swordsmith who lived in the 14th Century. The swords were said to be enchanted and caused evil minds to perform evil deeds it is also known that the souls of those slain by the sword are trapped inside the blade. The swords became lost in time until the 20th Century, when they was found by General Karnz of Markovia and he sold the weapons to Takeo Yamashiro, member of the Yakuza crime empire. Takeo used the Soultaker Sword to slay his brother, Maseo, but the weapon was taken from him by Tatsu, Maseo's wife.
Like this, the sword became the most prized possession of Tatsu, who started calling herself Katana. During one of her missions with the Outsiders, Katana was kidnapped by the Cryonic Man, but the sword was left behind. When Halo picked the sword, the soul of Maseo guided her and the Outsiders to Katana's rescue. Not long after this, the sword was retrieved by Takeo, who used it to release the trapped souls from the blade including the Samurai Squad and commanded them to kill Katana. Takeo's plans were thwarted by the Outsiders and he was slain by Katana using the Soultaker Sword, trapping his soul forever in the blade.
The Soultaker Sword is the totem weapon of the Sword Clan, one of the clans of the Outsiders, making Katana their leader and granting her with immortality and true enlightenment so long as she has it.
- The Sword makes its 1st appearance chronology in Batman and the Outsiders #1.
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