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Jack of Blades
Species Being of the Void
Last seen in the form of a dragon
Gender Male
Relatives Queen of Blades
Knight of Blades
Home The Void
Northern Wastes
Enemies William Black
Hero of Oakvale
First Appearance Fable
Last Appearance Fable: The Journey (mentioned)
Status Dead (if the Hero is good)
Alive (if the Hero is evil)
Presumed dead in Canon
"The Gods and Demons you fear and worship are as nothing to me!"
— Jack of Blades [src]

Jack of Blades is the main antagonist of Fable, Fable: The Lost Chapters, and Fable Anniversary. According to the Snowspire Oracle, Jack was already ancient by the time humans came into existence, and appeared in the unnamed world from the Void with the Court. He used his Mask to take over host bodies and thus live forever. Whilst in his humanoid form, he was never seen without the Mask, nor his original body ever shown. He is a master of strength, skill and will.

History[edit | edit source]

"There's nothing we could do. He has power like none we've ever seen."
— The Guildmaster [src]It was revealed by the Tales of Albion that Jack of Blades came from a place called the Void. It is also revealed that he had come with the Queen of Blades and the Knight of Blades, who together were known as the Court. He and the others demanded that the people of Albion bow down before them. When the people refused, the Court "burned Albion until the earth turned black and the sky was thick with smoke". When the people refused a second time, they lifted the sea into the sky and flooded the world. The third time they demanded worship, they claimed that they would bring peace, but again the people refused, so the Court twisted their minds until they went insane. Finally, the inhabitants bowed to the Court.

Later, in the future, when William Black was consulting a tome, Jack transported William from Albion to the Void. Jack tried to enslave William with an ornate sword, however, William managed to fight back and escaped, and at the same time managed to steal the sword from Jack, which was later discovered to be the Sword of Aeons.

Their second meeting consisted of yet another battle. William managed to break Jack's body, destroying his form for a time. However, Jack's soul was believed to have escaped and possibly took refuge in his mask.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Jack of Blades In-Game.

In his human form, Jack of Blades is a tall, lean man with an average build. His attire consists of hooded robe, crimson in colour, which covers his shoulders and upper torso.  It is fastened by a golden hexagonal brooch, encrusted with five red gems, the fifth larger than the others. The robe also covers both of his arms, except for hands covered with grey gauntlets. The rest of his body - chest, legs and feet - are protected by pewter-grey armour, adorned with small spiked protrusions. His most noticable features are his masks. On his face, Jack wears a white mask with red and gold decals. On his stomach, two more masks are situated. The second mask is broad and appears angry, with red and purple colouration around the left side of the eye. The third mask is narrower, featuring red stripes around the right eye. Jack himself sports blazing red eyes and grey hair.

Jack of Blades Dragon Form

In his final form  Jack is a colossal Dragon, with his entire body covered in darkish-brown scales. His back is covered in black scales, and features red and black fins along this aspect. Jack's eyes are now completely red whilst two, v-shaped horns protrude backwards, as well as two larger black horns that curve slightly upwards. Jack's mouth is full of razor-sharp teeth that remain visible even when his mouth is closed. His wings are vast and titanic, the insides are slightly tattered and are a dark crimson colour with stocky, grey, vein-like lines; the outside of the wings are covered in a striped red and black, shell-like armour with black spikes curving backwards, whilst the insides of the wings have some of the shell-like armour situated in it that extend out of the range of the torn-area of the wings. Jack also has four legs with the front legs being smaller than his back legs, and having prolonged grey toenails and his fingernails being shorter, but still extensive, white in colour and take a diamond-like shape but the top part is longer than the rest.

Fable[edit | edit source]

"Fool, I have existed for millennia, it is impossible for you to comprehend what I am"
— Jack of Blades (Dragon Phase) [src]After the last fight in the Doubles Round at the Arena, Jack of Blades announced to the crowd that he is back, and that the Arena was a perfect place to reintroduce himself to Albion after "spending an eternity" away from them all. He then tells the Hero of Oakvale to fight Whisper. If you kill Whisper, Jack will give the Hero an extra 10,000 gold. Jack confronts the Hero as he is staring up at a statue of his mother in the Hall of Heroes. Jack tells The Hero that he knows where his mother is, and gives some other information before departing.

The next time the Hero encounters Jack is when he tries to break Scarlet Robe out of Bargate Prison, though he stops the Hero, imprisoning him for one year. The Hero meets him again when he hears of his plan to take over Albion. Despite all efforts, the Hero fails to prevent him from activating the Focus Sites. The Hero eventually fights Jack after he kills Scarlet Robe, in which he implies to not only have killed his mother, but also his father. When the Hero defeats him, he makes the decision to either kill his sister, Theresa and keep the Sword of Aeons for himself or spare Theresa and throw the sword into the black abyss from which it was summoned. In Fable, the Hero is then given his mask as a trophy, though in Fable: The Lost Chapters, it is made a quest item.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Name Health Experience Renown Strengths Weaknesses
Jack of Blades 10000 5000 20000 Most Everything Sharpening Augmentation

Fable: The Lost Chapters[edit | edit source]

After Jack's defeat in his humanoid form, Briar Rose informs the Hero and Guildmaster that the Demon Door outside the Guild has awoken after centuries being dormant. Using the Mask to satisfy the Demon Door and thus enter it, he discovers the Prophets of the Fire Heart. Later, Jack takes the form of a dragon. After defeating him once more, the Hero will have the option of either throwing the Mask into the lava and ridding the world of Jack forever, or will eventually give in to temptation, and put on the Mask, essentially becoming Jack's new vessel. Upon donning the Mask, Jack takes over his body before raising his arms triumphantly and declaring in Jack's voice, "I told you I could not be killed so easily, Hero!", before laughing manically. If you choose to wear the mask, and do not skip the credits, then afterward you appear outside of the Archons Folly with horns, wearing Jack of Blades' mask.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Name Health Experience Renown Strengths Weaknesses
Dragon Jack 2000 N/A 3000 Drain Life, Fire, all explosions Lightning

Fable: Jack of Blades[edit | edit source]

In the e-book, Fable: Jack of Blades, it first appears that Jack is ruling over the people of Oddwood aided by his bandit allies to keep "order". However, at the end, Jack is revealed to be a bandit by the name of Fred. It is rumoured that Xiro, the hero of the story, is actually Jack of Blades in disguise.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Fable[edit | edit source]

Jack of Blades' Hero Doll
  • A Jack of Blades doll can be acquired by completing the hero dolls bronze quest (awarded to you by Mr. Gout in exchange for the other seven hero dolls, excluding the doll of yourself).
  • A book vaguely describing Jack's background can be found in Maze's quarters.
  • When married to a woman, they will occasionally sing, "This kind of Joy, even Jack can't destroy!"
  • Lady Elvira Grey's diary states that she had been inspired to become Mayor of Bowerstone by a "Masked Messenger," assumed to be Jack.
  • Jack's voice is different in Fable: The Lost Chapters than in the original Fable. The expansion makes his voice noticeably deeper.
    • Jack's new voice is not different due to a new voice recording or actor, but merely taking his old voice and using an audio editor to deepen it.
    • The Jack of Blades Lower Robe from Fable Anniversary's Villain Outfit & Weapon Pack DLC makes a mention of his voice change. After careful review of past Jack Of Blades paintings, it became clear that the reason for his voice change in recent times was due to more room being created in his crotch area, and thus we are excited to announce those same improvements to our clothing range too.
  • There is a sundial in the picnic area that was built to commemorate Jack's victory in the Battle of Bloody Harvest. It is assumed that this is referring to Jack of Blades.
  • In Fable and Fable: The Lost Chapters, when in a pub playing cards, the jack bears a resemblance to Jack of Blades.
  • Jack was once seen as a Hero to the people of Albion, rather than a villain, as many citizens celebrate his actions.
  • After fighting Jack in his final form, if the Hero has both his mask and the Sword of Aeons, his journal will say something similar to, "How pathetic of this little hero to keep a journal. Well now he is dead, and Jack of Blades lives. Nothing in Albion can stop me now...".
  • Jack has silver hair as revealed in the teaser trailer for Fable Anniversary where it briefly shows Jack putting on his hood.

Fable II[edit | edit source]

  • Roleplaying children may pretend to be Jack of Blades, and can also be heard saying, "Is it true Jack of Blades eats little children who've been naughty?"
  • The book, "The End is Almost Nigh" mentions Jack's dragon form, the author is unsure if Jack will succeed in destroying the world before his final prophecy.
  • The Fairfax Gardens Demon Door claims that Jack of Blades tried to open him, and continues to say that it was before his dragon phase, though it would not have made a difference.
  • The "Jack O' Blades" is an alcoholic beverage which was once served with razor blades. Tavern patrons will order it on occasion.
    • This drink can also be heard being ordered in Fable III.
  • There is a Cult of Blades tattoo design. Which was worn by members of the Cult of Blades, who dedicated themselves to the worship of Jack of Blades, believing that he would one day return.

Fable III[edit | edit source]

  • The description of the legendary weapon Jack's Hammer claims that Jack of Blades used this hammer to activate the Focus Sites scattered over Albion. However, during this event, Jack was seen wielding a master cleaver. Though this may be a reference to the Septimal Key which was used to open the focus sites and resembled a hammer.
  • A gravestone in Mourningwood reads: "Here lies the brother of the notorious Jack; Fred of Blades". This is expanded upon by the short story Fable: Jack of Blades by Peter David.
  • During the quest The Pen is Mightier..., Samuel the librarian sends the Hero to recover the rare book "The Pangs of Sunset" by Ilona Pureheart. When the Hero returns with it, Samuel makes a comment about an even rarer work of the author's involving Jack of Blades and Lucien. Unbeknownst to Samuel at the time, Ilona Pureheart actually wrote erotic historical fiction.

Fable Heroes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Jack of Blades (Fable Heroes)
Screenshot of Jack of Blades in Fable Heroes.
  • Jack of Blades appears in the Xbox LIVE Arcade title Fable Heroes as an unlockable character.
  • Jack is one of two playable characters that uses both ranged and melee attacks. He wields the Sword of Aeons in combination with a Fireball Spell Gauntlet.

An ancient evil, Jack of Blades once ruled Albion as part of the Court before his defeat at the hands of William Black. However, Black was only able to destroy Jack’s physical form, and his spirit lived on in his Mask. He continued his reign of terror by possessing any being unfortunate enough to put it on, and Jack was not truly vanquished until the Hero of Oakvale destroyed the Mask at the Bronze Gate. While this Doll does appear to be wearing the Mask, it’s probably safe to assume Jack has not returned as a tiny puppet, ready to enslave Albion with acts of unspeakable cuteness.

— Description of Jack of Blades from Fable Friday

Fable: The Journey[edit | edit source]

  • Theresa reveals to Gabriel that Jack of Blades is responsible for her being blind as well as the murder of her family. She adds that Jack’s actions are what provoked her to find a way for the spire to be rebuilt.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"Hero, are you having trouble hitting things?"
— Jack of Blades during Collecting an Arena Soul
"Come now, it isn't polite to leave without saying goodbye."
— Jack of Blades during Rescue Scarlet Robe
"I have returned. After an eternity away from you all, Jack of Blades is back!"
— Jack of Blades during the Arena

See Also[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Fable Hero of Oakvale Briar Rose Scythe Whisper Thunder Scarlet Robe Weaver Maze Jack of Blades
Fable II Hero of Bowerstone Garth Hammer Reaver
A Hero's Tale Hero of Southcliff
Fable III Hero of Brightwall Reaver
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