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The Sword of Paracelsus (パラケルススの魔剣 (まけん) Parakerususu no maken?) was an experimental rail cannon developed by the US military. It was named after Paracelsus, a Swiss philosopher, alchemist and toxicologist.


The Sword of Paracelsus was brought into Raccoon City in September 1998 by a Delta Force squad. The squad had orders to infiltrate Umbrella's private subway system and recover Dr. William Birkin and his G-Virus from NEST, with the cannon brought with them to serve as an anti-G weapon in the event of an outbreak. When the squad surfaced at Incineration Disposal Plant P-12A several miles away from NEST, the cannon was nonetheless assembled and readied for use. Though the city tore itself apart from a t-Virus outbreak, the Delta Force squad was ultimately wiped out by a group of T-103 Tyrants, and failed to power-up the cannon.[1] In one account of the Raccoon City Destruction Incident, the cannon was used by former S.T.A.R.S. officer Jill Valentine to seriously wound a Nemesis-T Type.


Hooked up to the plant's backup electric generator, the cannon draws energy from the three large batteries inserted into the generator. As a safety precaution, these batteries are ejected after a particularly large energy drain (such as that used to power a tank-sized electromagnetic cannon) and must be reinserted in order to use the cannon again. The cannon cannot be aimed in the state in which it is found, and enemies must be lured in front of it in order to engage them.