The Moonblade is one of the first and few swords forged by the Kasumarii on the island of Guldor, in Cyhalloi. Modelled after a sword of legend, this softly aglow blade is slightly curved, slim, and exceedingly sharp. Legend goes that a man named Kasumar was visited by their god, Korenjah, who bestowed upon him a divine blade forged from a piece of the moon itself. With which, he was sent to wage battle against the vile Cyhalloian orcs, who had been pillaging and plundering small settlements of his people. Lightweight and balanced at the tang, this is no doubt a dangerous blade when in capable hands.
Moonblades are always beautifully crafted swords, forged by the hands of the
smiths of the Citadel of Korenjah, embedded in the western mountainside of
Kasumar's Peak along Guldor's most southeasterly coast. It is there that they
mine for the metals required to make this sword,
and many of their other weapons. And it is only here,
in the caves, that they gather the Luneweep stones that give this blade its
soft, moonlit glow. Steel for this blade is folded and worked numerous times
before final shaping and sharpening is done. It is not until the very end of the
forging process that they add in the pulverised glowing stones. In total this
weapon is approximately three and a half
fores in length, giving it a
nice amount of reach for a short blade.
The slim blade, just under seven nailsbreadths wide, is two and a quarter fores long and extends from the hilt in a very shallow, extremely elongated 's' shape. For the purpose of stabbing and thrusting maneuvers, the first five nailsbreadths from the tip-down is doubled bladed. However, only the side of the blade held away from the wielder is sharpened along its complete length. The spine of the sword is two and a half nailsbreadths thick to provide the blade with a bit more sturdiness and a blunt side strong enough to deflect blows with. Once fully crafted the sword is polished to a dull shine, and Korenjah's symbol is etched into the blade just above the hilt of the sword on one side with the family crest or name on the reverse.
To prevent the wielder's hand from slipping up onto the blade, and as a guard for their hand against the enemy's weapon, the hilt is a thick, flat round disk that comes out into dull points on either side of the flat of the blade. The handle is half as long as the sword itself, being about one fore in length, and has the tang running over half of its length. While the grip is made of carved, smoothed and polished wood that is shaped to fit on either side of the tang, it is still usually wrapped in oiled leather that is occasionally dyed. The pommel of the handle is a plain metal ball, useful for cracking an enemy over the head, or as something to hold onto for leverage when impaling a foe.
The sheath for this sword is traditionally soft leather made from íl’thróg skin, cut from an area that is covered in fur rather than long hair. Usually the leather is left un-dyed or decorated, as the ashy plum of this animal's skin adds for a unique look all on its own. The end of the sheath is tipped with a piece of metal on the outside, shaped to fit the point of the blade snugly and hold it in place. A long leather strap is attached to the sheath, which is to be slung over the shoulder of the wielder's sword-hand, that has a string for securing the handle at the top of the shoulder. Which puts the blade across the back, down at the opposite hip, with the handle peeking out over the shoulder. This provides for a pretty-easy draw once the string has been pulled loose, for such an awkwardly proportioned sword.
The Moonblade is a traditional
Kasumariian weapon that is rightfully prized by
its owner and feared by the orcs residing on the Isle of Dorolak, who often
would wage skirmishes on small villages. However, due to its work-intensive and
lengthy forging process, it is not a practical blade to have crafted for every
soldier in the Kar'ii militia. As
such, it is an honour reserved for elite troops, noteworthy warriors, Citadel
guard captains, and those rich enough to afford it. Though generally wielded by
itself, it can be used in conjunction with a small oval shield that follows the
length of the user's forearm.
Fighting Style. The biggest disadvantage of a Moonblade is its mostly two-handed, open fighting style that robs the user of the extra protection of a shield. However, when using this sword correctly, the idea is to remain out of the reach of the opponent's weapon while quickly dispatching them with your own. This sword is intended for both slashing and stabbing at vulnerable points of the body and, with enough force behind it, is capable of piercing the leather armours commonly worn by the Kasumarii's orcish neighbors. While not really meant for heavy blocking, the backside of the blade is made thick for deflecting blows. Its elongated grip provides plenty of space for ample leverage without subtracting from its maneuverability, and as a last-ditch effort to block something if necessary. Also, the solid metal ball at the pommel, while not particularly heavy, allows for some close-up melee defense should the need arise.
Origin/History. In tales told by the Kasumarii's scholars, one of their gods came to their hero in a vision and bestowed upon him an otherworldly blade with which he was sent to relieve all fear of their orcish neighbors.
An abridged version of the myth was supplied by an elder NightSon, T'scarru Kamali:
ago, before we had fully come to appreciate the silence of snow and the
cover of night, we were horribly scattered and knew little of our
resources or of war. Vile orcs held our freedom squashed beneath their
thumb, pillaging and raping and burning our homes whenever they saw fit!
Terrified and unprepared for such brutal confrontation, our people took to
the cracks and crevices of the mountains and tundra, calling themselves
'Hiding'. But such conditions to be held against us would not be tolerated
by our gods! One night, a young man whom had been subjected to many
hardships throughout his life, was visited by one of the gods.