In the Beginning
Excalibur was one of the Great Old Ones, embodying the madness of wrath. As such, he spent considerable time with his fellow Great Old Ones, including Death, Asura, Vajra, Eibon, and the Great Old One of Power. Legends surround Excalibur, referring to his many powers. How accurate Excalibur's own accounts are is subject to debate, especially as it was Excalibur who has written many of his supposed exploits in a book available at the DWMA library.
It is likely that after disassociating himself with the other Great Old Ones that Excalibur took up occupancy at the Eternal Cave—where he continues to annoy that location's fairy occupants, assuming more than one fairy is ever present.
Receiving punishment for his inability to capture any souls during any of his previous remedial lessons, Black☆Star is tasked with cleaning the entirety of DWMA's extensive library by order of Sid Barrett. Unsure about what to do when faced with an assignment of this enormity, especially considering his reluctance to complete such tedious work, Black☆Star quickly admits defeat and sitting atop a considerable pile of books, begins reading manga instead. Death the Kid then arrives and requests that Black☆Star remain quiet while here, before removing the first book located beneath him. The book, entitled "Excalibur", chronicles the history of the legendary sword of the same name, which can only be obtained when a "hero" withdraws it from the ground. In the past, only those regarded as "kings" have succeeded in this feat, gaining both respect and admiration as a consequence. Evidently enticed by this prospect, the pair is further impressed upon learning that even someone such as Franken Stein, found the task impossible.
Conquering a steeply inclined cliff and braving unclean waters, the intrepid pair eventually reach the cave in which Excalibur resides, where its location is confirmed by a passing fairy. Standing in awe of the sword's brilliance as the surrounding atmosphere vibrates; Kid observes its exquisite ornamentation upon closer inspection, providing Black☆Star with enough opportunity to remove the blade on his first attempt. Refusing to accept this travesty, Kid demands that he be able to retry, which Black☆Star agrees to believing that it will make no difference. So, returning the sword to its prior position, Kid clutches the handle (after first wiping it clean) and pulls, removing the weapon with absolutely no difficulty. As the two contest over who is the rightful hero, the sword begins to speak and while apologizing for its late introduction, transforms into a "dumb"-looking anthropomorphic creature.
Returning to the library to inspect his student's progress, Sid upon realizing Black☆Star's absence is informed by Stein that he has gone in search of the legendary sword that "can split the sky and raise the earth", Excalibur. Knowing what this entails, Sid happily leaves the matter be. At this exact moment, Excalibur questions Black☆Star's identity after its appearance is similarly affronted but before awaiting a reply, he recounts how his legend began in the 12th century. Holding his cane just millimetres from Black☆Star's face, Excalibur asks where the meisters hail from and then turning away, offers to demonstrate something good to the pair. However, pointing his cane towards the exact same position, he inquires if they instead wish to hear about his chronicles of heroism. Continuing in this manner, despite Black☆Star's growing annoyance, Excalibur repeats himself before asking the pair to choose a number between 1 and 12. Disregarding their answers, as "fools" have no right to choice, ahead of indicating once again that his legend began in the 12th century. Infuriated by these appalling mannerisms, Black☆Star decides to investigate the author of the book that started all this, discovering that it was in fact Excalibur himself, who affirms that he does not give out autographs.With Stein confirming that Excalibur is indeed an unparalleled weapon with tremendous capabilities, he reveals that contrary to others of its kind, it can actually match with anyone, although Excalibur still places restrictions on those who may obtain him. Handing the bewildered pair numerous pages compiling 1000 predetermined items that they must complete, Excalibur beckons the "chosen" to take him in hand and claim both victory and glory. Grasping the handle in unison, the two without discussion re-sheath the sword in the solid earth and quickly depart, in spite of Excalibur's kindly offer to reduce the number of tasks to 800. Returning to DWMA, the pair are greeted not only by congratulatory students but also, two elaborate wreaths proclaiming how Excalibur will always wait for them.
The Legend of the Holy SwordWhile reclining within the recesses of DWMA's library, an incompetent meister by the name of Hiro inadvertently locates the fateful text entitled "Excalibur". Seduced by the prospects of victory and glory granted to the destined individual, Hiro resolves that he will obtain this legendary sword in order to halt the intimidation he suffers from his fellow students, in spite of not knowing the considerable consequences that this may entail. Tempered by further physical assaults and unreasonable demands, Hiro's conviction is displayed in his tearful eyes.
The following day and numerous incapacitated pupils litter the ground outside of the academy, while a pretentious Excalibur accompanied by an equally exhilarated Hiro, asserts that the previous acquaintances in his legendary narrative where far more stimulating and as such, maybe the youth of DWMA need to be enlightened by this exalted mentor. Attempting to recollect the exact details regarding the inception of his tale, but becoming entirely preoccupied by that day's weather conditions and the noble impression he exudes, Excalibur suddenly demands a five minute break that requires the expectant spectators to assume the "seiza" style until the period concludes. Interrupted by the "ignorant fool" that is Black☆Star, Excalibur is informed that he was a prolific tormentor of his current partner. Despite the two meisters proceeding to converse between themselves about how Hiro actually finds the 1000 clauses not only tolerable but rather agreeable, Excalibur gets the notion that someone has mentioned the day in which his legend began. Infuriating Black☆Star with his indecisiveness, he assumes an eternally vacant stare that only serves to enrage his opposition further, resulting in an inevitable dispute.With Black☆Star, Death the Kid and Kirikou Rung accepting this challenge; Excalibur proclaims that he will engrave his legend into their very bodies, before adopting a radiant pose in his fully transformed state, chanting in unison with his partner "come victory, come glory, as one". Releasing his wings of light in response to Black☆Star's impetuous charge, "Hiro the Brave" avoids with ease, stating that those who cannot follow the light, can never catch him. However, exposing himself to the resultant combined counter of Kid and Kirikou, Hiro is forced to traverse space at the speed of light just to dodge. Appearing just as swiftly as his departure, the entire opposition are engulfed in an enormous explosion that defeats them all instantaneously, with these events occurring so quickly that to the casual observer it appears as if nothing has happened.
Indulging himself in his perverse pleasures without consequence, while always acting in accordance with Excalibur's requirements that now comprise nearly ninety percent of his day, Hiro even receives congratulations for his tireless efforts from both his partner and DWMA, who are considering upgrading him from a one-star meister to that of a three-star in a single promotion. Evidently pleased by the current state of affairs, Hiro momentarily forgets to remain three paces behind Excalibur but suffers the consequent reprimand rather happily, which instead causes Excalibur to have a nasty fit of sneezes. However, by the next day, things have returned to normality and Hiro once again succumbs to the academy's bullies in the absence of Excalibur. Questioned as to whether he had finally grown annoyed of the 1000 clauses prescribed by Excalibur's covenant, Hiro explains that it was instead the creature's incessant sneezing that he couldn't stand, forcing him to return the sword to its previous residence.
DWMA VS Arachnophobia Arc (Anime)
As the young members of Spartoi continue their courageous infiltration into the sinful depths of the Book of Eibon in order to retrieve an imprisoned Kid, their inevitable decline through the entirety of the seven deadly sins that comprise the chapters of this particular tome, ultimately draws them into the fourth chapter entitled "Wrath". Turbulent and disruptive, this domain was designed with the express purpose of intensifying an individual's dormant aggression, which it aptly demonstrates upon its current temporary inhabitants. Regaining his composure amidst numerous volatile eruptions, Black☆Star inquires about the impending trials that await them here, entirely unaware of the approaching ordeal located just behind him.
Greeting these familiar acquaintances, the initial irritation caused by Excalibur's introduction is soon replaced instead by laughter, at the realization that this moronic creature was captured by Noah in spite of its supposed prestige. Refuting this absurd claim with a brief recital of his capricious nature, which meant that his desires simply coincided with the individual who brought him here, Excalibur talks over any further misgivings about this explanation. Inquiring about the groups reasons behind their presence in such a place, suggesting that it may be to seek his power, he continues to disregard their replies and instead indicates that he isn't easily obtained. Challenged about his ignorance, Excalibur declares that the words of "fools" are meaningless, before informing the spectators that the similarities between itself and The Table of Contents are present due to Eibon utilizing him as the devices basis. Granting them the right to speak, Excalibur continues regardless and after meditating upon the insolence of referring to him as the "Former Governor" that invites people to anger, despite him bringing so much joy to others, he bursts into song.
Concurring that this creature is verily and truly insufferable, even The Table of Contents notes that Excalibur's mere presence has disturbed the order of the book and thrown its letters into disarray, while acknowledging that perhaps its form is indeed based on that of Excalibur, albeit born from Eibon's desire to lower the ostentatious creature's upturned nose. Ignoring Excalibur's resultant claim that all literary works originate from him, a plan is formulated to proceed to the next chapter but to ensure that they are not interrupted again; the attention of the Holy Sword must be distracted. In spite of easily evading numerous futile attempts at capture, Excalibur's concentration is momentarily averted, allowing Spartoi's plot to be enacted.
Escaping into the relative sanctuary of the next chapter, the group momentarily basks in the realms tranquility due to a certain absence but this relief is only temporary, as Excalibur appears once again. Neglecting their disparaging remarks, Excalibur graciously offers his strength and aware of the youths' objective, affirms that this can be achieved instantaneously with just a single swing of his sword. Beckoning them to make use of him, only Liz Thompson's conviction allows her to overcome her reluctance and slash the blade, causing a spatial rift between two separate locations. However, unable to suffer such an offense to her pride by wielding Excalibur, she throws the sword through the resultant tear and yells as it departs, "get the hell out of this book!!!" Because what resembles the Eternal Cave can be seen through the portal, it is likely Liz returned Excalibur to his resting place.
When Maka scans the world looking for Crona with her Soul Perception, Excalibur's cave can be seen several times. It seems that after being tossed out of the Book of Eibon, Excalibur retired to his former dwelling.
This can also been another hint towards Excalibur's nature as a Great Old One as it was during this Soul Perception search that Maka had been using Madness to find Crona, seeing Excalibur several times hints well towards this.
As Crona landed and went into the Moon, Excalibur started sneezing continuously. Later, he flew and crash landed in Death City . He said he came to watch the battle. Shinigami says to Excalibur that it would be great if he were to fight with them. Excalibur responds by saying that the same thing is true for the former god of order.
Dark Side of the Moon
Excalibur is with Death in the Death Room when Kid, on the Moon, finally connects all three Lines of Sanzu to become a full shinigami. However, as only one full shinigami exists at any one time, Kid's ascension leads to the demise of Death. As Death dies, he asks Excalibur to keep an eye on Kid, which Excalibur agrees to do. Excalibur clutches his cane and seems to bow his head before the smoldering, empty Cloak of Contents.
After members of the DWMA trap Asura behind a Black Blood barrier on the Moon, Death the Kid returns to the Academy and races to the Death Room to inform his father of their victory. Kid is annoyed to find Excalibur present and demands to know where is his father.
Kid realizes he cannot feel his father’s wavelength. Excalibur explains as only he can: “Fool! He died!” Kid thinks the weapon is joking, only for Excalibur to explain that only one “real shinigami” may appear at any one time, hence when Kid accessed the full power of a shinigami, its power, and the life of his father, transferred to Kid.
As Kid, heartbroken, collapses before the cloak of his father, he asks whether he has killed his father—only for Excalibur to dropkick the new Lord Death. Excalibur lectures: “The rulers of old are gone. Now is the age for humans to shape the world.” Kid is the beginning of that shaping.
Kid, although crying, forces himself to don his father’s cloak and promises to understand kindness, asking that his father watch over, he cannot concentrate as Excalibur rambles about the proper eating practices of yakinuku.
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 6, pages 8-12
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 6, pages 16-24
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 6, pages 28-31
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 6, pages 32-38
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 32.5, pages 1-4
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 32.5, pages 5-12
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 32.5, pages 13-18
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 32.5, pages 20-28
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 74, pages 19-21
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 74, pages 22-24
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 74, pages 26-27
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 74, pages 28-35
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 21, Yen Press English translation: Chapter 89, Page 48