Schwertkreuz's standby and active forms
|Other names||Staff of the Sword Cross|
|Creator||Mariel Atenza (recreated)|
|Magic system||Ancient Belka|
|Japanese name||シュベルトクロイツ |
|First app.||A's (ep.12) (original)|
A's manga (ch.7) (recreated)
It is also the Armed Device recreated post-A's based on the design of the original one, and used by Hayate in the subsequent series.
Schwertkreuz literally means "Sword(-shaped) Cross" in German. It is sometimes spelled "Schwert-Kreuz".
It is merely referred to as the "staff" in A's, while its name Schwertkreuz is made known in the Visual Fan Book and DVD Booklet. It is also known as the "Staff of the Sword Cross" (剣十字の杖 Kenjūji no Tsue) and the "Knight Staff" (騎士杖 Kishi Jō),
The original Schwertkreuz appears in A's (ep.11-12) when Hayate sets up Reinforce for the first time. It is presumably destroyed along with Reinforce in A's (ep.13), as it has been revealed in an interview and in the DVD supplemental materials that the Schwertkreuz in StrikerS is not the staff used by Hayate in A's, even though they share the same name.
The recreated Schwertkreuz, which Hayate uses in StrikerS manga, StrikerS, ViVid and Force, first appears in A's manga (ch.7), in which Amy Limietta refers to it as "version 8". Afterwards, version updates are performed from time to time by Mariel Atenza, who is also the creator of this Device, to better tune its control over Hayate's enormous mana. Its anime debut takes place in A's epilogue, where it appears in its standby form only.
|Forms||Original Device||Recreated Device|
|Standby Form||N/A - Schwertkreuz is then part of the Unison Device "Reinforce", hence presumably no standby form is necessary.||Takes the form of a small gold cross, usually hanged on a gold chain like a pendant. The gold cross is originally the remaining non-magical fragment left behind by Reinforce, and is used as part of the Device with Hayate's stated intention.|
|Active Form||Takes the form of a gold and black staff, serving as the cannon-body for Hayate's spells.|
As a non-personified Armed Device, Schwertkreuz has neither an AI, nor the ability of magic control and storage. This is because the said functions are carried out by Reinforce/Reinforce Zwei and the Tome of the Night Sky respectively, while Schwertkreuz itself is limited to mana-related functions like charge-acceleration and compression.
Other notable upgrades are as follows:
|Multi-Device Emulated Cartridge System||In The Gears of Destiny, although Hayate does not wield a Device with Cartridge System, she is a multi-Device user, and hence the special program cartridge is "reprogrammed" as an install program named Waffenträger (ヴァッフェントレーガー Vaffen Torēgā, Ger. "Weapon Trailer") for her two Devices (without specifying Schwertkreuz or the Tome of the Night Sky) to emulate the cartridge effects. Its name is presumably a reference to the anti-tank self-propelled artillery Waffenträger.|
- ^ Megami Magazine, June 2006 issue.
- ^ In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Sound Stage 03 (around one month before A's manga (ch.7)), Hayate mentions that she has trouble finding a Device which she can handle without breaking. She has then broken 6 staffs already, presumably versions 2 to 7.
- ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Chronicle.