THE WEAPONS IN CAELERETH

AXES - BLUNT WEAPONS - DAGGERS AND KNIVES - FIST WEAPONS - FLEXIBLE WEAPONS
MISCELLANEOUS WEAPONS - MISSILE WEAPONS - POLEARMS - SWORDS - THROWING WEAPONS

Through this page you can access all currently known weapons of Caelereth. They've been divided into several categories, which are all listed here on the main page, described in a short overview. Select a category to view all entries that were allocated to it and read short summaries on these weapons on the category page. From there you can go directly to a respective weapons entry in case it is already available. Note that you find a link this main weapons page  at the top of every category page, so that you can easily get back to where you started when you searched for a weapon.

The Axes

I. AXES
Axes are commonly used by dwarves and strong warriors. The axe was first used as a tool, later adapted as a weapon designed to take away the edge that a shield gave an adversary. The axe may come in single or double bladed varieties with a curved blade crafted to enable the wielder to hook his opponents shield and knock them off balance in a battle. The axe is used either as a one-handed, or a two-handed weapon. It is made up of two parts, the shaft and the head. The shaft is usually of wood, but some types are made of steel or iron, and is used as a handle for the tool, the place where you hold the axe. On the top of it sits the head, which is the most important part of the axe. It serves for cutting or bludgeoning, and sometimes possesses one or more spikes or an additional blade at the back of it. The head is made either of steel or iron and the weight of the weapon is concentrated here. There are several types of axes: Usages Axes, Light Axes, Medium Axes, Heavy Axes and Throwing Axes. Return to the top
 

II. BLUNT WEAPONS

A. CLUBS
Clubs are among the simplest of weapons and were among the first weapons to be used in Caelereth. A club is simply a length of wood, bone, or metal used to bludgeon and belabour and break the bones of the opponent. Some clubs have bulbous or weighted heads to increase the force of the blow. Clubs come in all shapes and sizes and range from very simple stick or bone clubs to well crafted metal studded clubs. Other names for clubs include cudgel, truncheon, or bludgeon. Over time improvements were made to the club such as larger heads, spikes, or flanges giving rise to the more advanced blunt weapons; hammers and maces.
 

B. HAMMERS
Hammers are simple blunt weapon comprised of a shaft of wood or metal topped with a heavy block used to smash and break enemies. Hammers started out as the tool variety; however warriors and common men alike quickly saw their application towards fighting. These weapons come in all shapes and sizes and range from very small tools that can also be used as weapons to very large two handed hammers that have the ability to crush armour and break down doors. Some of the most unique hammers come from the dwarven tribes who have used them as tools and weapons for centuries. Over time, some additions such as spikes, nubs, or blades have been added to hammers, such weapons may be more properly classified as maces or axes depending on the design.
 

C. MACES
Maces are powerful one or two handed weapons use to strike and bludgeon an opponent. As with the axe or hammer, the mace is made of a bulbous head and shaft of varying length. The shaft serves as the handle and can be made from hard wood, metal or bone. The majority of the weight is concentrated in the head of the weapon and is designed for bludgeoning. Certain variations of the mace have been known to have spikes, flanges or knobs in the head to increase the damage the weapon inflicts. Some maces are used in a more ornamental fashion and have very intricate designs on the head using gold and silver and even precious gems. However even ornamental maces can be deadly. There are several types of maces: Light Maces, Medium Maces, and Heavy Maces. Return to the top
 

Daggers and Knives

III. DAGGERS AND KNIVES
Daggers and Knives started off as a simple very small sword used for hunting and skinning. But as war broke out between tribes, they found the dagger to be an excellent back up to their main weapon. A knight could tackle an armoured foe to the ground, pull open his foe’s visor, and end the battle if the foe didn’t yield. Of course, their small size made Daggers perfect for assassins, who could hide the blade in just about any robe. Return to the top

 

IV. FIST WEAPONS
A very unorthodox category of weapon, Fist Weapons are any and all weapons that act to extend, strengthen, or blade the fist. Brass knuckles, claws, or even the arm blade can all be considered Fist Weapons. This type of weapon, as a general rule, requires more training than other types and can be difficult to wield effectively, but they have the advantage of being unpredictable. Many Fist Weapons therefore cause fear in the opponent, who often doesn’t know how to counter them.
 

V. FLEXIBLE WEAPONS
Flexible weapons are weapons that use ropes and chains as integral part of the design, relying on a lot of proficiency of the wielder. They are usually rather dangerous and difficult to control. Athough flexible weapons share similar movements, each weapon has its own specific techniques. Return to the top
 

VI. MISCELLANEOUS WEAPONS
These are the unorthodox weapons that do not belong to another category. Such weapons are often ones translated from tools, such as the whip, or meant for stealth, such as the steel fan. Return to the top
 

The Missile Weapons

VII. MISSILE WEAPONS
The bow and arrow was probably the first missile weapon, originally used to hunt beasts from afar. Most Missile Weapons are different variations of the standard bow. These weapons derive their power from notching a bolt or arrow to a string, which is pulled taut and released. While there are some more unorthodox missiles that use different mechanics, such as the sling-shot or the blowpipe, the most famous and popular weapons in this category are the longbow and crossbow. Return to the top

 

The Pole Arms

VIII. POLEARMS
Polearms are any and all weapons of war that have a long haft (in essence, a pole). The first and most popular polearm was the spear, which is used and known by every tribe of every race on Caelereth. As time went on, and as armour and war tactics developed, the spear went from being the only polearm to being one of many kinds of polearms, from the cavalry lance to the anti-cavalry pike, and even the polehammer. Polearms are known for their ability to effectively deal with both cavalry and plate armour, making them a favoured weapon for militias and other common soldiers. Because of this, the polearm is the most popular weapon second to the sword. Return to the top

 

IX. SWORDS

A. HAND AND A HALF SWORDS
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and-and-Half Swords are any sword that can be wielded with either one or both hands. Born to combat dwarven plate in the Age of Blood, Hand-and-Half Swords are often cut-and-thrust type weapons. They are very popular anywhere plate is commonly used due to their versatility. The ability to thrust into the joints or other openings in plate through any underlying mail and being able to cut through mail and any lesser armours makes the Hand-and-Half Swords a dangerous and popular weapon. Colloquially, the Hand-and-Half Sword can also be known as the "Longsword", "Bastard Sword", "chó'scál" in Styrásh or many other names.
 

B. ONE-HANDED SWORDS
Probably the first thing to pop into the mind when thinking of a 'sword', One-Handed Swords are the most common type of sword in the world. A cutting and/or thrusting weapon, One-Handed Swords have a nearly infinite range of styles and variations. All swords have a blade and a hilt; most hilts feature a guard, a grip, and a pommel. From the falchion to the Helcrani shortsword to even the Erpheronian broadsword and everything in between, this weapon sees variants in almost every culture worldwide. One-Handed Swords are also known colloquially by many names, a few of which are the shortsword, arming sword, war sword, or even the elvish term "cár'scál".
 

C. TWO-HANDED SWORDS
Far and away the largest of the swords, Two-Handers can be nearly as tall as a grown human male. This type of sword often came into war-time usage to defeat lines of spearmen and for shock troopers, capable of cleaving entire limbs off, if unarmoured. From the Korweynite Claymore to the Whirlwind, Two-Handers are often spoken of with a hushed respect, as their sheer size makes using them require special training. Properly trained, however, a warrior wielding such a weapon can strike faster and harder than the blade's size would suggest. Two-Handed swords in the world come in various styles, and with various names. The term "great sword" or Styrash "estár'scál" can also be used to refer to Two-Handed Swords.

Two-Handed Swords are often seen as simply massive swords that are too slow to be effectively wielded. On the contrary, they’re some of the most efficient swords, their size and weight making them capable of cleaving plate and instilling fear in others. The Two-Handed swords came into popular wartime usage when plate armour was developed and cavalry was being stopped by pikemen. The men wielding greatswords would charge into a unit of pikemen and lop the heads off the pikes, then proceed to shatter the line so the cavalry could charge in. Off the battlefield, the Two-Handed Swords became popular due to their reach and the ability to half-hand the weapon, shifting it from a slashing to a thrusting weapon and back. Return to the top
 

X. THROWING WEAPONS
Throwing Weapons are any and all projectiles that use the energy from the hand or arm to launch them. Many of these weapons are often overlooked for the sole reason that the arm cannot produce the same energy that e.g. a longbow can, but in the right hands throwing weapons can be excellent utility tools, if not outright deadly. Throwing stars, for example, can be used to slash a pursuer’s thigh, making it difficult to follow. Return to the top
 

 Date of last edit 27th Rising Sun 1669 a.S.

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