THE EFRYST

DESCRIPTION - USAGE

Description. The entire weapon is two peds end-to-end when stretched out. It consists of a central piece of wood, about two fores in length, connected to two smaller pieces about 1.5 fore long by chains, each half a fore long. The chains are connected by a "link-and-eye" method, similar to drawbridges. The wood is a typically mahogany, oak, or some other type of hard, resistant wood. The chains are common iron. The weapon is hard-hitting, resistant, and formidable in the hands of a skilled user. Return to the top

Usage
. Commonly, one would fight with one hand on each end of the central piece. With a flick and continued small circling of the wrist, the smaller end can be sent spinning. The more of the weapon that is spinning, the more impact it will hit with. The added power of the circular motion provided by the chains is somewhat compromised by the increased weight the heavy chains add to the weapon. Special techniques involve tangling something with the spinning ends, such as a weapon or limb. In the case of a weapon, pulling could possibly wrest the offending weapon out from the opponent's hand.

A limb could result in a sweep or simply a captured foe. The weapon comes with its disadvantages. The small central piece is not as good for blocking as the traditional 6-foot staff. Often, the weapon is hard to control, resulting in a great deal of study and discipline to be able to square off against a basic swordsman. A true master with the Efryst is almost nonexistent, requiring a lifetime of training to accomplish. The most common mistakes with new trainees are hitting themselves with the weapon and hitting those next to them accidentally.
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