The sword is the most common weapon one may run into on the continent. A good iron blade, locked down to a firm wooden hilt, and wrapped in fine leather. From Delrin to Tinechi, a trusted sword is the most valued companion. Nobility enjoys passing down ornate swords. They usually just sit above a fireplace for all eternity.
Maces are certainly weapons to be feared. They come in all shapes, from large spiked heads to rigged beasts. No other weapon has the capability to eat through solid steel quite like a mace can. Despite their great use, they are heavier and, therefore, less favored by the average combatant. The Knights of Yvoria are famous for wielding flanged maces into combat.
An axe is also quite easy to run into (please do not run into an axe). A crescent blade on a wooden haft makes for a deadly chopping tool. Many are used to cut wood in the colder months, though battle axes are light and deadly enough to wield into combat. Aiming for the weak spots in armor can take a limb simply enough. I like axes. I’m a Dwarf, and biased.
Short blades or daggers are often used by nightstalkers and thieves. Their light weight and deadly point make them quite effective. They can also be used for carving or crafting, so their use as a tool is unquestionable. While you’d never wield one as your primary weapon on the battlefield, carrying one at the boot could save your life.
A spear can vary wildly, as it’s really any blade on the end of a staff. Axe heads, swords, and curved blades beyond comprehension all qualify. When the Ogaitnans aren’t at war with each other, their favorite pastime is inventing new polearms. Why, here in Nylevran, we make quite the fierce spear. The Frankell smiths even made advances in flattening the point of leaf-bladed spears. Certainly something to think about.
Shields. Bah. You hold them up and you don’t die real good. If you don’t know what a shield is, go read a book!
Staves can come in several different forms: Wood or metal. Wood is preferred as it's easier to carry around. A metal staff, however, can provide a great offensive tool. As to why a mage would need to lethally beat someone over the head is beyond me; I’m just here to state facts. For magical purposes, staves are topped with an enchanted item, typically an artifact or a crystal, that the magic user can channel their energy through and yield a more powerful spell. Be warned, this is incredibly fatiguing to them!
I wanted to keep this topic a bit broad. Perhaps one day I’ll discuss more of the “unique” weapons to be found across the continent.
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