This paper model is the Vorpal Blade, Alice's primary weapon in American McGee's Alice and Alice: Madness Returns, the papercraft was created by JouzuMania. The Vorpal Blade is also the first weapon Alice gains possession of in both games, and the only weapon to appear in both titles. It acts as Alice's "signature weapon," as she is almost always seen holding it in artwork or screenshots promoting the games. In both games, its appearance is based on that of a kitchen knife. In Madness Returns, there is a special version of this weapon that can be downloaded as DLC called the Vorpal Cleaver.
The Vorpal Blade comes from Lewis Carroll's poem, Jabberwocky which was first published in 1872 as part of his novel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. The poem tells the story of an unnamed boy who slays the monstrous Jabberwock and becomes a hero in his town. The weapon the boy used was called the "Vorpal Sword" or the "Vorpal Blade."
Like many words in the poem, "vorpal" is one that Carroll created himself, without intended explicit meaning. Although most of the nonsense words were explained, either later in the book and by Carroll himself, the writer said he could not explain this word. However, it has been noted that it can be formed by taking letters alternately from "verbal," which mean "Of, or relating to words", and "gospel," which is the name of The first section of the Christian New Testament scripture, a message expected to have positive reception, and a style of music.
Alice: Madness Returns is a video game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. It is the sequel to the 2000 Windows and Mac video game American McGee's Alice. McGee, who designed the original game, returns to design the sequel after EA partnered with McGee's Shanghai-based studio Spicy Horse.
Within events of the first game, Alice Liddell becomes insane, believing herself responsible for a fire that consumed her home and her family, escaping into a twisted version of Wonderland. While held at Rutledge Asylum for treatment, Alice was able to conquer her doubts, and eventually was released from the ward. Alice: Madness Returns takes place in 1875, a year after Alice's release. Alice, now 19 years old, resides at an orphanage in Victorian London, under the care of Doctor Angus Bumby, a psychiatrist who uses hypnotism to help his child patients forget their memories. Though she believes herself cured of her madness, hallucinations of Wonderland continue to appear.
During an errand, Alice is struck by a hallucination and believes herself to be in Wonderland again. Though initially idyllic, the peaceful land quickly becomes corrupted by the Infernal Train that rampages through it, leaving behind the Ruin, a force that attempts to stop Alice. Alice meets with the Cheshire Cat who affirms that it is some outside force, not Alice, that has caused this corruption, and urges her to seek out former friend and foe to discover the source of the Train. Throughout the rest of the game, the player witnesses periods where Alice briefly returns to reality between episodes occurring within Wonderland. In the real world, Alice learns from the family lawyer that her sister, Lizzie, was first to die in the fire, despite being the farthest from its source, and had been locked in her room.
Within the corrupted Wonderland, Alice attempts to learn more from Wonderland's various citizens, including the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle, the Walrus and the Carpenter, and the Caterpillar. She is ultimately told that the Queen of Hearts still lives despite her defeat at Alice's hands before, though in diminished capacity. At the Queen's castle, Alice discovers the Queen has taken on the appearance of her sister. The Queen reveals that an entity called the Doll Maker has taken over the Infernal Train and is corrupting Wonderland.
On return to London, Alice starts to recall her memories of the night of the fire, and realizes that Dr. Bumby was there. She comes to the conclusion that Dr. Bumby is attempting to erase the memories of the fire from her mind and, as he has done with other children, trying to leave her as a "blank toy" to be taken by sexual masters and child molesters for a price. Furious, Alice accosts both Dr. Bumby in the real world at the Moorgate station train station and Dr. Bumby's Wonderland counterpart, the Doll Maker, in her fantasy. Dr. Bumby admits to his crime, and even attests to setting Alice's home on fire after Lizzie refused his advances, removing any witnesses. He continues to point out that by wiping out her Wonderland, she too will forget the events of that night, while he will continue to be seen as an upper-class member of society. Alice fights and defeats the Doll Maker in Wonderland, giving her the strength in the real world to push Dr. Bumby into the path of an oncoming train. As Alice leaves the station, she finds herself in a hybrid vision of London mixed with Wonderland. Alice wanders into the somewhat unknown "Londerland" terrain as the Cheshire Cat monologues that Alice's memories, though damaged, are safe for the time being.
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