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« on: 30 April 2010, 05:36:09 »

OK, An overview for Maces has been started a couple of times now.  Each time it was determined we are heading in the wrong direction and then the newbie who started it left (I have attempted to contact them to no avail).

The last time we tried this it was agreed we should have three overviews under the Blunt weapons heading,  (Maces, Hammers, Clubs)  This is similar to how the swords are split into three sections.

I am resurrecting this so we can get it done. Once it is posted, credit will be given to the past authors as appropriate.  This is the overview for Maces (Hammers and Clubs forthcoming).

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MACES OVERVIEW
Maces are powerful one or two handed weapons use to strike and bludgeon an opponent.  As with the axe or hammer, the mace is made of a bulbous head and shaft of varying length. The shaft serves as the handle and can be made from hard wood, metal or bone.   The majority of the weight is concentrated in the head of the weapon and is designed for bludgeoning.  Certain variations of the mace have been known to have spikes, flanges or knobs in the head to increase the damage the weapon inflicts. Some maces are used in a more ornamental fashion and have very intricate designs on the head using gold and silver and even precious gems.  However even ornamental maces can be deadly. There are several types of maces:  Light Maces, Medium Maces, and Heavy Maces.  Currently we know the following kinds of maces in Caelereth (listed alphabetically):



I. Light Maces
VIRGE
A tool for corporal punishment, use as a riding crop, and the torturing of criminals this light mace is well known amongst guards, city watches, criminals, holymen, and choristers alike. Made of a long length of wood and usually set with a copper, brass, or bronze bobble, the virge is a light weight weapon used by militia men, guards, and priests capable of carrying out punishments with the mace. Though this weapon can at times be used as a ceremonial tool, it is capable of serving as a powerful weapon to those with limited knowledge on how to wield a mace. Notably, the shaft is a great deal longer than that of other maces, and a cross is usually fixed onto the head of the mace for either effect or infliction of pain.

II. Medium Maces
FLANGED MACE
The flanged mace is an average mace made from a long shaft of metal or wood, with a bulbous end lined with flanges or protruding metal. The flanges focus the energy of the blow and may be blunt or sharp.  With the invention of armour plating, and full bodied suits of armour, maces were designed to smash through, and crumple the obstacles that armour posed to foot soldiers, knights, and cavalry.

MORNINGSTAR
The morningstar is a basic mace, the only difference being that it has a spiked head. The spikes on the head of this mace are such that they appear to be like the rays of sunlight. This weapon is meant to puncture through metal plates with incredible ease, and adds a more sadistic flavor to the average mace. More often than not, the shaft of the morningstar will be made of wood to increase the momentum when swinging the morningstar. Few people use this weapon, but certain powerful dwarves have been known to wield two of these weapons simultaneously. Style and flair are lost on this weapon, but none can deny that it is an incredibly powerful tool of war.

III. Heavy Maces
WAR MACE
The war mace takes the concept of the mace, and is designed to amplify its destructive qualities. These maces come with many variations, the most common being an increase in the size of the weapon, particularly the head. These maces are usually spiked, or studded for added effect, and are generally used by more muscular or higher ranking individuals capable of making the purchase. Unlike regular maces, the spikes tend to cover the entire head of the weapon giving it a pincushion appearance. Humans, orcs, and dwarves have been known to employ the war mace in combat while most other races tend to shy away from such a heavy weapon. Though few use the war mace with relish, the destructive power of this weapon is unparalleled on the battlefield.
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« Reply #1 on: 30 April 2010, 05:53:28 »

Blunt clubbing weapons played a huge role in the early years of orcen warfare. However, they were invariably rough and basic, made from tree roots, bones or whatever came to hand. As time progressed, they acquired more sophisticated weapons, mainly from 'spoils of war'. Later still, some of the tribes developed the skills needed in order to forge their own weapons, but clubs, maces and hammers remain popular to this day.

I don't know why I'm telling you all this. But there you have it.  grin
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« Reply #2 on: 30 April 2010, 09:37:33 »

Great, Tharoc.  If you would like to describe a Orc weapon that fits the maces overview feel free.  We could add it until a full entry gets done (judging by your list that will be in a couple of years)  The early weapons you describe would be good for the Clubs section I will be creating next. 
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« Reply #3 on: 30 April 2010, 15:48:12 »

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« Reply #4 on: 01 May 2010, 03:39:12 »

No probs Seeker. I'll create a short list of early 'striking' weapons (with names) first so you can add them to your list. I'll fill in the details inbetween my other stuff.

My list probably would take a couple of years to work through, if I started at the top and worked down. :(
However, I'm making a conscious effort to clear my decks of all the things I've got part-finished at the moment (most of which you haven't seen yet) and not to take on anything else until I've done so. Apart from helping Azzy with the Osther-oc re-write, obviously. I couldn't resist that one. :)
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