Pointed and sharp bladed swords are NOT toys, and should not be treated lightly. They can, and in this case, DID cause serious injury.
This weekend in Houston, TX a cosplayer apparently broke up a fight between his ex-wife and her new boyfriend with a replica of Link‘s famous Master Sword from Nintendo‘s Legend of Zelda video game franchise.
It seems a gentleman by the name of Eugene Thompson got into a dispute with his girlfriend, whom he (at the time) shared a home with. Natrually, the woman decided to call her estranged ex-husband for back-up, as you do.
The woman then let her ex into the home, forcing Thompson to reportedly recede into the house in an effort to evade fisticuffs. Here’s his account of what transpired next:
I heard him heading to the bedroom where I was, so I jumped in the closet and I grabbed one of my replica swords, and I pulled it out and stood at the doorway, and he was coming down the hallway at me while I was yelling, ‘Go away, you don’t live here’ and he just walked right into the point of the sword, I don’t know if he thought it was a toy.
I do anime conventions and stuff, dress up in costume. So I got it, because it’s a good replica, and it looks nice, and it so happens to be pointed and bladed
Unfortunately, the battle continued from there with Thompson sustaining an injury to his face thanks to a smashed flower pot. The ex-husband, however, fared far worse and is in serious condition still after getting stabbed in the chest.
What a horrible and seemingly avoidable mess. Never mind the role that flaring tempers played in this, what about the sword itself? As Blastr’s Dan Roth says:
“who cosplays with a sword that’s bladed?! Genuinely, you are not supposed to do that. Swords for cons and fairs are meant to be dull and safe. Ask anyone who has ever worked at either kind of event.”
I’m not a cosplayer or con-goer myself, but can’t this sort of thing get you kicked out of most reputable conventions? Heck, carrying a KNIFE longer than 4 inches in public can get you arrested in many states.
As for the disgruntled lovebirds at the heart of this mess, it seems that a happy ending isn’t in the cards for them since Thompson was quoted saying:
I am just trying to figure out what to do from here. I have to find a new place to live.