THE HAELBERD POLEARM

DESCRIPTION - TYPES - USAGE - FIGHTING STYLE - ORIGIN/HISTORY

The Haelberd is one of the more complex forms of pole weapon. Now used throughout Caelereth, this weapon saw its creation and first use by the goblins. Though still predominantly used by these green-skins, this flamboyant yet lethal weapon has slowly found its way into the hands of other races too. Its design was developed on from the standard spear, from which it still bears resemblance. Different to this more antiquated weapon, the tip of the haelberds bear illustrious crests, often designed to be both devastating and beautiful. Similarly, unlike its predecessor, the haelberd is a pure melee weapon, and though impressive to behold, this weapon works more on shock and awe than practicality.

The Troll Tusk Haelberd
View picture in full size Image description. A variety of the haelberd polearm featuring troll tusks. This type is often used by goblins. Picture drawn by Jonael Tomeskrift.

Description. A haelberd is a long wooden polearm usually up to three and a half peds in length, that bears a metal point at its tip together with an impressive crest and hook coming off perpendicular to the tip. The pole is crafted from sturdy and often heavy woods. In some cases, the metal-crafted ‘head’ of the haelberd even extends down the pole, engulfing the wooden component of this weapon in reinforcing metalwork. Generally though standard samples of this weapon boast durable dark woods.

The haelberd generally consists of three main components, these are: the spike, the crest and the hook.

Types. The most common variations of the Haelberd are as follows:

The Standard Haelberd

STANDARD HAELBERD, THE
Different to the pike, the haelberd shifted its focus away from being and anti-cavalry weapon. Keeping the spike at it’s tip the weapon may still be used to unsaddle riders. Within the confines of the Tandala Depths though, the goblins have little to fear from mounted riders. Instead, strong cutting power (provided by the crest) and piercing strikes (provided by the hook) were far more important.
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The Flametongue FLAMETONGUE, THE
Knowing of the goblin's craftmanship and their reverence of flame and fire, it was to be expected that sooner or later a weapon such as the flame tongue would arise. Revered, this form of haelberd bears a flaming crest, summoned by the user through the use of powerful glyphs on the blade of the weapon. The flame blazes out behind the weapon's top, replacing the usually metallic crest of the weapon. While impressive, the flaming crest is rarely used for damage, but much rather as a visible warning that onlookers do not want to cause trouble here. Rare, these weapons are often only wielded by the highest ranking soldiers amongst goblin warbands.
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The Troll Tusk Haelberd TROLL TUSK HAELBERD, THE
Playing strongly on the goblin’s connection to trolls, the Troll Tusk Haelberd is one of the more creative variations of the haelberd. While the spike, crest and hook of the weapon stay fairly standard, the core of the head is modified to encase two troll tusks. These natural additions add piercing power to the weapon. More important than the added lethality though, the goblins use this as a sign of reverence to their larger allies. It was only after the goblin race opened up to the outside world that this weapon was first seen, and it immediately lead to a lot of discussions: previously troll tusk wounds and kills were immediately attributed to trolls hunting. In light of this new evidence, the troll hunting grounds around the Tandala Highlands may have to be redrawn since it is now debatable whether such kills are troll or goblin-made.
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Usage. The Haelberd was once a grandmaster class weapon that represented the goblin master craftsmanship, and is still considered by many to be the defiant roar of the goblins, proving to the world that they were not just a lowly race that would be bound and confined to the Tandala Depths, but a skilled race that had a flaming spirit, represented by the original haelberds’ flame-like crest.

Through perfecting their ability to defend themselves, through sheer numbers as well as strategic manoeuvres such as the Mert’Ruk wyrmskin, the goblins established dominance over the Tandala Depths. While most of the race revelled in its own chaotic nature, leading figures within the goblin castes foresaw that simply bunkering down in the depths of the Tandalas would only lead to an eventual extinction. In an attempt to explode out onto the surface of Sarvonia, goblin craftsmen commenced stretching their borders, reaching out for goals beyond merely salvaging dwarven
weapons and crafts. Though the initiative mainly faltered under the disorganised and volatile nature of the goblins, the direction did bear some fruit in remote and isolated incidents. One of these was the creation of the Haelberds. Inspired by the magma fields that seed the deep and dark recesses of the Depths, goblin blacksmiths and artisans wanted to don enraged, flaming motives to their spears. The idea being that bearing these arms when on the surface, goblin infantry would instil both fear and respect with these ornate weapons.
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Fighting Style. Much like spears, the haelberd is a formidable weapon for both defensive and offensive manoeuvres. In the hands of the goblins, given their smaller stature and lack of bulk physical strength, the weapon presents a deterrent for an enemy to come too close. Keeping an enemy at bay greatly decreases the chance of their formation being broken. To a race that relies heavily on numbers, a solid unwavering formation is most important. As well as being used in military formations, the haelberd has become a formidable weapon of choice for guards, both practically and ceremonially.

There are different ways of wielding a haelberd, dependant on both the situation and the build of the bearer:

Origin/History. The haelberd originated from deep within the Tandala Depths, at the hands of master-class goblin blacksmiths. While concept and crafting can clearly be attributed to the goblins, it is necessary to mention the Ylossian Dwarves. Though unclear to what extent, it is popularly debated that the goblins could not have achieved such high level of craftsmanship and production were it not for the means previously installed in the Tandala Depths by this mythical dwarven clan. Critics of this theory argue that the fall of the Ylossian Clan (ca. 10.490 b.S.) happened so long ago that regardless of how skillful the goblins are at salvage, they could by no means have recovered functioning ylossian tools and work-spaces. Until more information emerges from the goblin nation, who only recently opened themselves up from isolation, no definitive evidence to this argument will be available. Return to the top

 Date of last edit 16th Burning Heavens 1671 a.S.

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