"Shulk tilted the Monado, and ever so gently lowered the blade into his palm. He applied a little force; nothing happened. The Monado can’t cut people. He remembered saying exactly that to Reyn only a month before. Can it cut other living things, though? Shulk had never tried, and nor did he want to; he wished Dickson or Dunban were here, as they had so much more experience with the Monado than he did.
Shulk leaned forwards to examine the symbol contained within one of the sword’s circles of glass. So many twisted lines… Shulk longed to learn what they meant. It was, he noted, the same symbol that the Monado displayed when casting Enchant. It’s almost like… The Monado always has Enchant activated. That would make sense, and explain why the sword was able to cut through Mechon armour. But where does it draw its anti-Mechon power from? And what about all the other layers of glass…?
Shulk sighed and continued to turn the Monado over in his hands."