Mueller himself, who had some training as a smith, had forged the blade from the scythe with which he once worked the land. Set in a crude handle and crossguard, it nevertheless was an effective weapon and served him well in the earliest battles of the uprising. Legend has it that when the rebel peasants crushed the detachment from the Landgraviate of Kessler-Freiburg, Mueller used the scythe-sword to behead the commander rather than ransoming him.

Like the peasant-turned-military leader himself, the sword came to a bad end. Ambushed by troops under a flag of truce, Mueller was slain by Landsknecht sent by the Emperor along with nearly 10,000 of his followers and the sword taken as a trophy.

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