…Vassa crafted a suit of armor, plated in ember and hope. This would make General Tarsis stronger than the urgoth, than the ursix, than the titan. This would be humanity’s salvation. A spear, hurtling towards freedom. A Javelin of Dawn.

Vassa and the Runes


The Javelin of Dawn is the first javelin to be invented. It is also the most powerful javelin ever built.



Narrative

When humanity was fighting the Urgoth, they eventually built a stronghold to keep them safe. Their leader, General Helena Tarsis requested her Legionnaire, the inventor Arden Vassa to build her a weapon to overpower the mighty overlords. Arden Vassa, with is knowledge of embers and gateway created a suit of armor that would become this weapon. It was called a Javelin, and the very first one, the Javelin of Dawn.

The true capability of this new weapon was first tested when the Legion members were hunting. This javelin equipped by Tarsis was used to silence cataclysms, defeat monsters, and eventually, defeat the Urgoth, freeing humanity.

When Tarsis passed away, Vassa locked the Javelin of Dawn deep inside the Fortress of Dawn, and the only way to reach it was to endure a daring gauntlet. But the javelin would not function properly without the General’s signet, which was hidden inside her tomb by Liatrelle, her best friend.

In the year 468 LV, a Freelancer, a Strider Pilot, and two cyphers went on a quest to locate the General’s Signet and the Javelin of Dawn to silence a cataclysm called Heart of Rage. After the signet was found, it was determined by one of the cyphers that the General’s javelin was inside the Fortress of Dawn. The Freelancer opened the fortress through Tarsis’ signet and endured three trials set by Arden Vassa—one each for Might, Resolve, and Valor—through a gating device.

The Javelin of Dawn inside the Fortress of Dawn

After completing the trial, which the Freelancer said took two whole years, the door to the Javelin of Dawn unlocked. When the Freelancer went inside, they were betrayed by the other cypher, who stole the Javelin and defected to the Dominion. But eventually, the same cypher returned, hoping to mend this wrongdoing by parting ways with the Dominion, and gave a piece of the Javelin of Dawn to the Freelancer so that they can use it to silence the Cataclysm.

The Freelancer did put an end to the cataclysm, but the Javelin of Dawn remains with the cypher. The current location of the Javelin of Dawn remains unknown.


Other Variants

There is only one Javelin of Dawn and there ever will only be one. However, there are the javelins that became its successors:

  • Legion of Dawn Lancers’ Javelin


Cortex Entries


Combat

General Tarsis Using the Voice of Heaven

The Javelin of Dawn’s prowess is only witnessed through slideshows in the Anthem Legion of Dawn trailer. The only other instances of it being used, which is very clumsily, does not do it justice.

  • Impact-icon.png Impact
  • Electric-icon.png Lightning
  • Other damage type may exist, but not shown.


The true prowess of the Javelin of Dawn remains unseen. But from the Anthem Legion of Dawn Trailer[1], the Javelin of Dawn is very capable of handling multiple enemies at once. The javelin can use a melee weapon, a sword, which has not been seen in-game. It also has a very powerful ultimate ability.

From the in-game cut scenes during the missions, Fortress of Dawn and Freelancer Down, the Javelin of Dawn can project powerful energy blasts and take on a whole colossus and throw it away, while the pilot is still inside it. This shows how powerful this javelin is.


Style

From the stories of the Legion of Dawn, the following can be concluded about the Javelin of Dawn:

  • Focus: Frontline
  • Offense Style: Single Target and Area of Effect
  • Evasive Maneuver: Unknown
  • Jump Type: Unknown
  • Flight: Thruster Assisted
  • Flight Evasive Maneuver: Unknown
  • Hover Time: Unknown
  • Action Speed: Moderate
  • Armor: Unknown (Likely Heavily Armored)
  • Shields: Unknown (Likely Unfurlable Physical Shield like Colossus; possibly the Shield of Dawn)


Customization

There is only one Javelin of Dawn. It is painted steel blue all over. It does, however, have gold patterns that showcase the Legion of Dawn’s symbols and designs. The color of the helmet’s eyes glow orange red.


Prominent Users

These are the most prominent users who are shown equipping the Javelin of Dawn in any Anthem related media.


Trivia

  • Even Arden Vassa didn’t fully understand how the Javelin of Dawn operated.
  • The Javelin of Dawn was sealed inside the Fortress of Dawn for 468 years.
  • The first child known to witness the prowess of the Javelin of Dawn is Midderon, who later became the founder of the Freelancers.
  • The first enemy known to have encountered with the Javelin of Dawn is Cindermaw, the chimera.


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References



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