The Iurías and its twohanded version the Kýrass are both swords used primarily by Kaýrrhem guards in eastern Nybelmar, and as such quite common. The Kaýrrhem (or Kaýr) are said to have used these lightweight, curved blades already since the time before the War of the Chosen, and a lot lore is related to its origins and its legendary role in the battle against the mythical wizard Menemronn.
The Iurías, at approximately 1
ped of length, has a fine
sharp blade that bows back to a point. The back of the
weapon is thicker but still sharpened. At the base the
sword is about five
nailsbreadth, and gradually comes to a point as the blade curves slightly
backwards. The Iurías, with its blade polished, has a very unique shine. The
edge of the blade is sharpened as it comes down to a thin line, increasing at a
steep angle, and then continues until the middle at which point it reaches a
shallow point, with no edge, and then reaches down to the back of the blade
gradually. The hand guard, or quillon, extends from the hilt in a half circle a
nailsbreadth long and half
a nailsbreadth deep. This sword weighs about three
The Iurías has a twohanded version about a ped and a half long, with two notches removed, the first at three nailsbreadth, and the second at eight nailsbreadth from the hilt. This blade is called the Kýrass, and weighs about a heb. This sword is used with one hand, but is more unwieldy, as the hilt has been lengthened, and the blade is wider then the Iurías. Both the swords have variations of the handles, being straight to a curved handle, amongst other variations.
The Kaýrrhem use the Iurías and the Kýrass for their guards, who, during times
of war, can be the vast majority of their population. These are their common
weapons. The Iurías is frequently used in conjunction
with an oval shield and a spear. The Kýrass is used
without the shield, and occasionally with the spear, but
not in tandem. The Kaýrrhem use the
in defense as this tribe is not warlike, but it will defend itself, and will go
to war if they feel that it is necessary to protect their realm, or to defeat a
greater evil. Within the tribe, these
are common however outside the tribe this
is a rarity although crude variations have been found in the hands of the
enemies of the Kaýrrhem.
Fighting Style. These swords are meant for slicing, not for a slashing or hacking style. The Iurías is used best with the oval shield for defense, while the Kýrass, because of its need for two free hands, is typically used without a shield, although, like the Iuriás, it is still used for slicing. The disadvantages of the Kýrass and Iurías are that they are best used when cutting; the weapons are less effective when used otherwise. Both swords are not very effective with parrying as they are far too thin to safely and effectively turn aside a blade. These swords also tend to be less durable than the normal broadsword. While fighting with the weapons, the wielder usually appears as though he or she is dancing rather than fighting as they twirl around while the dodge and slice.
When the swords are used to parry, it is generally accomplished by ultilizing the back of the blade to deflect the blow, for this is the least fragile area of the weapon.
Origin/History. These weapons tend to be found within the Kaýrrhem elves on Nybelmar and are use mainly for defensive purposes. It is believed that these blades date back to times even before the War of the Chosen. It is said the original smith for this blade envisioned it in a dream, and from that dream he crafted a crescent shaped shamshir. The original version of this blade was as heavy as the long sword and rather unwieldy having to be used with 2 hands, or with one only by the strongest elven warriors.
This blade quickly became the favoured blade of the tribe through the War of the Chosen and became to be the favoured weapon of Imsádi, an Kaýrrhem elven princess, who, according to Nyblemarian history, turned the tide of the battle in the legend of Menemronn leading to the victory of the elven armies. During one of the final battles of the War, a chip of Imsádi's sword was broken off. After the battle the smiths saw this and began to replicate this with the blades to represent the victory Imsádi had that day. Through the centuries new smithing techniques were found and they began to try these out on the Iurías. Some of them stuck; others were detrimental to the blade. At one point in a later war with the Coórhem, when the Kýrass was first being implemented, the general of the Kaýr army had received an early version that had a defect in the blade. The back of his blade was deeply chipped when he engaged in combat and that chip scared his cheek. He survived, and led his army to victory. Smiths saw this as a sign to keep the chip for before the blade was chipped they were losing, after this incident they chipped it. From that day forward the Kýrass had 2 circles removed from the back of the blade. Throughout the years more changes have been made to bring you the Kýrass and Iurías of the day.
When the Coórhem and the Ifer'hém both left the Kaýr at their respective times, they took the Iurías with them. These both have been changed to suit the tribes through the years and are not nearly as refined, being constructed in differing fashions. The Coórhem have made the back of the blade more jagged. The Ifer'hém have an even less refined form designed to take extreme heats. The remaining Ifer'hém, though they only make up a small cult insid the Coórhem, maintain this form despite the overwhelming influences of the more dominant culture.