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Rayne (Alýr)
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« on: 27 November 2002, 01:34:00 »

This is my first weapon ever. o.o; It might not be as good as everyone else's, but I'm willing to hear suggestions on making it better!


Armored Fan
The Armored fan is one of the most elegant weapons in Santharia. The fan consists of metal plates, each containing a sharp edge, that slide together so that it made be folded or unfolded with the snap of the rest. Clerics, thieves, and kar’ii use the Armored fan for battle, but it is more often seen being used by dancers in shows and at festivals and it is rather popular among women because of its light weight and ability fold into a small, compact defense weapon.

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The Armored Fan is considered one of the most elegant and insidious weapons in Santharian weaponry. It consists of thin metal plates, capable of sliding together. Each plate is shaped in a loose triangle design varying from one to two nailsbreadths at the bottom and may flare to be as wide as four nailsbreadths at the top. The length of each plate varies, but tends to be around two and a half palmspans to three palmspans in length. Each fan has about eight to fifteen plates depending on size, though the mean number of plates lingers around 11 or 12. At the end of each of these metal plates is a sharp edge capable of cutting through flesh very easily if sharpened to a good degree. However, because of the thinness of each plate, hard objects such as rock and armor, as well as other objects made of metal or stone can easily damage the fan. It is valued more for its aesthetic appeal rather than its power. It is often used as a prop in dances for festivals.

Usage
The weapon is rarely used for fighting, but may be used by such factions as cleric (mainly those who warship gods such as Foiros, Queprur, or Etherus, though wandering priestesses of Baveras may also carry it, too, solely for defense purposes) and thief because it can fold up to be a small, lightweight weapon that can be carried practically anywhere. Because of its small size and light weight, it’s also used by many thieves and assassins. It can be used defensively in order to stop projectile weapons. It is very popular among women, who are able to use it as a defensive weapon with the ability to be kept hidden very easily. Dancers in festivals and shows more often use it because, while not being a very effective fighting tool, it serves to spur a more ancient and romantic mood. It is often used as a decorative ornament on their costumes as well as a prop on the dancing stage. One well-known Centoraurian entertainer who uses a fan in her exhibition dances is the lovely Gerissa of the Giltra, shown here in a portrait commissioned early in her career. The Armored Fan used by gypsies and other wandering dancers as both a weapon and a dancing prop. Gypsies, thieves, assassins and Kar'ii are some of the best Armored Fan fighters.

Fighting Style
Upon grasping the weapon, a simple flick of the wrist is all that is required to open it up and reveal all the sharp-edged plates. The fan is often carried in the dominant hand, though some well-skilled fighters may use one in both hands or may switch hands in battle. The fighter using the weapon must be extremely careful not to cut themselves on the fan’s sharp plates. A strong arm and a quick, agile body will usually help one in the use of this weapon. The advantages of the weapon lay mainly its weight, which is extremely light and allows the user to move is easily and with speed. It also has the appearance of doing far less damage than it’s actually capable of. However, the plates of the fan are thin and can easily be bent or damaged, and therefore often need to be repaired. Also, the fan cannot cut through hard objects such as other metals or rock.

Origin/History
The Armored Fan ranks as one of the oldest weapons known in Santharian History. The Armored fan was created by a young human Cleric named Gairathon Anedorus in training who was gaining his knowledge by visiting temples through Mid and Southern Santharia. Having only a little magical training and wishing to have some sort of defense against those who might try to rob him of his valuables, Gairathon visited a blacksmith shop in a town he was traveling through. He perused the weaponry there, but found that he could not afford a single one. All the swords and maces were incredibly expensive. He began brainstorming a weapon that would require less metal and wrote up plans for what would later be called the Armored fan. Gairathon presented the plans to the blacksmith and he agreed to make it for a price far less than anything he had there. The Armored Fan grew in popularity, but only for its attractive style and not necessarily for its fighting capabilities. Today, Armored Fan are more commonly seen as pieces of artwork with the plates elegantly painted in vivid colors than out in the battle field.

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Edited by: Rayne Avalotus  at: 11/29/02 11:07:15 pm
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« Reply #1 on: 27 November 2002, 04:32:00 »

Okay, the first problem i have with this type of weapon/decoration is that this weapons would not firstly be used by Druids, to my knowledge druids refuse to use weapons in any sense i also cant see this weapons being used by a Cleric because the weapons that i would imagine a cleric using would be much my efficient and powerful if they use a weapon at all(much like a Druid).

I however could see some type of Ninja,thief or assassin using this type of weapons because they are light, fast and could be used as a silent slashing weapon or even a throwing projectile weapon OR a substitute from a sword or katana type weapon because its small and many can be carried but create the same damage as a Katana or sword.

The dancing side of it i have no problem, but to be frank the people or classes that use this as a weapon would not use it as you have stated it, the only people i can see using these are ninjas or assassins or even fenesse fighters.

But i like the concept.

Edited by: Llian Aarchim at: 11/26/02 10:41:21 am
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« Reply #2 on: 27 November 2002, 18:27:00 »

I don't tink we have ninjas. To my knowledge, classes haven't really been made yet, unless Dasson was finally able to convince everyone to actually make fighter classes. I do know that classes for the magic portion of Santharia will be made. However, until that is finished, it's hard to determine weather or not druids carry weapons. I'll ask Xarl or Dasson when I get the chance.

Theif I mentioned (I think) And I'll add assasin. However, I don't think this weapon would be a suitable sustitue for a sword. A sword, even though it's bigger and heavy, has a lot more power than an Armored Fan. Most definitly this fan would not be able to do the damage of any kind of sword, be it epee or saber, rapier or katana. You can't get a lot of power with it.

And I do think that Armored Fans would have much use in the dancing industry as in the fighting industry. The kind of dancing I'm refering to would be a variation or what we know as colorguard, which use, not only flags, but weapons such as sabers and rifles. Because of it's equal dancing and fighting purposes, I tried to remain true to both, giving equality to both sides of its usage.

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« Reply #3 on: 27 November 2002, 18:49:00 »

We have Nina types such as assassins and the like that is what i ment.However i still dontagree that druids would use those types of weapons, druids are there faith involves preserveing life not destroy I dont think they would use weapons.:)  



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« Reply #4 on: 27 November 2002, 19:23:00 »

In all aspects, the Kasumarii Tribe are ninjas.



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« Reply #5 on: 27 November 2002, 20:17:00 »

::pokes Dasson::

Druids do have daggers and such. At least, in real life they do. I know a nice druid in England named Ken. (He's very nice.) He uses such things. I don't know how things are here, though. I suppose they could be different.

How typical that the question we really nedded Dasson to answer was one he didn't even mention. ~_~;

BTW: I added assassins in there.

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Edited by: Rayne Avalotus  at: 11/27/02 2:24:57 am
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« Reply #6 on: 27 November 2002, 21:55:00 »

Well, sorry... but I wasn't sure in Santharia standards for druids, though from my common knowledge of them from many a fantasy world, their main weapons are staves and scimitars.

I did answer this at the RP forums earlier today to Wren..... she got mad at me for correcting her, lol.... :



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« Reply #7 on: 28 November 2002, 13:35:00 »


Rayne, My uncle is a druid also, thats how i got in to the Wicca ways. There knifes and daggers are for ritual use anyway but thats RL. Here in Santh the only weapons druids use are as Dasson said, quarterstaff and Scimitars, or even sometimes spears. To use the sort of weapon that you have created you would have to be moderately skilled to use it efficiently. And as im working on the druid faith myself for Santh my research indicates that they are not trained to use weapons THAT effectively.

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« Reply #8 on: 28 November 2002, 13:47:00 »

Druids is part of the magic faction, is it not? So then wouldn't people like Dasson and Xarl and Arti be working on them? o.o;; I'm happy to change it, but I want to make sure there is enough justifiable proof that Druids would not carry a weapon such as this.

Yes, I do not deny that druids would carry quarterstaffs and simitars or spears, but in evaulating what weapons they did carry, the Armored fan was essential non-existant was wasn't thought about. To not even considering it as a druid weapon would be very cliche and one-sided, and that's really not the direstion we're going here.

You say you are doing research? Where from? I'm just curius, but your obviously not getting it from RL ("There knifes and daggers are for ritual use anyway but thats RL") Your opposition to integrating things from real life would imply that your getting your information from another source.  

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« Reply #9 on: 28 November 2002, 16:10:00 »

A-hem

Clerics use weapons, and use them quite well ( clerics of war gods) I would personallly think that a cleric of armeros would use sword and stuff. And as clerics/druids are mages, and magic , especially clerical, takes time to cast, a dagger can be quite life-saving.

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« Reply #10 on: 28 November 2002, 16:15:00 »

Thanks Silfer! ^_^ ::hands him a pretty yellow flower::

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« Reply #11 on: 28 November 2002, 18:14:00 »


Yes i am working on the druids right now, you could as Judith for verification.

I dont deny for amoment that Druids would not use a weapons, what im saying is that, that a weapon of that calibre would take some training to use and in myopinion i hold true that a druid would not carry such a weapons, Clerics however are a totaly diffrent story, they fight as well as cast magic.

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« Reply #12 on: 28 November 2002, 19:05:00 »

I'll just take druids out and replace it with theives, if only to make you happy.

Ta da!

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« Reply #13 on: 28 November 2002, 19:33:00 »


Well i hope it wasnot sole formy benifit, however i think it would work as a weapon now. :)  

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« Reply #14 on: 28 November 2002, 19:39:00 »

:: blinks:: Why else would i change it? o.o;;

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