THE WHIRLWIND SWORD

DESCRIPTION - USAGE - FIGHTING STYLE - ORIGIN/HISTORY

The Whirlwind is one of the most expensive of all known swords available as its production needs a lot of skill, not only in forging the weapon, but also because it is enchanted permanently with powerful Wind magic in order to keep it light: All Whirlwinds are hand made, its speciality being the two hooks on the end of the blade, requiring a special training to wield it perfectly. Whirlwinds are known to be mainly available in the Eilenachian capitol of Linhir on the far off continent of Yamalquain, where there exist mages with arcane powers.

Description. Whirlwinds generally have the appearance of a huge (up to 2.5 peds long) thin, back curving, two-handed greatsword. Also, on the end the blade separates into two hooks. To help visualize its appearance: if you were looking at the side or flat of the weapon, then you would see the blade. If looking from the edge, you would not.
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Usage. The Whirlwind is mainly used by the corsairs or marines of the elven Eilenachian tribe. The weapon holds great symbolic meaning to them. For a corsair to lose his whirlwind is to lose his honor. The Remusian tribe's Grey Order has been known to use them as well. They obtained them by an ancient trade the two cultures had, but when the Eilenachian Empire fell, and the Eilenachians retreated back to their main island, the trade routes to Sarvonia were dissolved.
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Fighting Style. All Whirlwinds are enchanted with one power: to make them lighter, so light in fact that they can be lifted and wielded with almost no effort whatsoever. The main strategy of a corsair is to board an enemy ship (as their vessels are small and carry no real offensive capability of their own) and engage the enemy in hand to hand combat. The hooks of the swords can be useful for cutting ropes and sails on board ships, and when on land for pulling riders off their horses.
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Origin/History. The Whirlwinds were first conceived of by the Eilenachian Emperor Calmorak the XXVII. in about 270 b.S. He requested a new powerful weapon to be made for his soldiers and gave a description to smiths and mages. Whirlwinds were then issued to all branches of the military, but proved most effective in the navy. Since then, the Whirlwind has become common in Linhir, but is rare to find outside of Eilenach. The only group other than the corsairs known to use these weapons is the Grey Order of the Remusian Tribe.
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