THE AXES WEAPONS

WEAPONS OVERVIEW - USAGE AXES - LIGHT AXES - MEDIUM AXES - HEAVY AXES - THROWING AXES
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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. - Currently we know the following kinds of Axes in Caelereth (listed alphabetically):

I. USAGE AXES

EYA-HOE, THE
A clover-shaped metal hoe with a short (arm-length) handle. Used mostly for breaking up small patches of rough soil. The name evidently comes from the tri-bladed shape of the blade, which resembles Eyasha’s herb symbol. Mostly used in farm country on already plowed land, as the rounded blades do not cut through grassroots well. Return to the top
 

FARM AX, THE
The workhorse of the farmer, woodsman, and builder, this broadbladed ax is singlesided. The blunt end is about the size of a human’s clenched fist, and can be used as a maul. The sharp side is wedgeshaped in cross-section, and from one to two handspans long. The handle is often curved slightly for comfort and better leverage when swinging.
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LUMBERJACK AXE, THE
The Lumberjack Axe is the most ancient and most simple of all axe types and serves as a working tool. The head part is rectangular shaped, with a light curve in the blade. The main use of this tool was simply to cut down trees and to chop the wood into smaller pieces of firewood. The Lumberjack Axe wasn’t designed to kill. Later on in the currents of time, this Axe was used for defensive reasons, and small alterations were added to it. The blade became broader, and the shaft stronger. From the basics of this re-forged type of weapon emerged the Broadaxe. The Lumberjack Axe can be used two-handed to cut down trees and one-handed to separate the log from the branches.
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TOOTH-HOE, THE
An extended triangle forms the tip of this weeding hoe. Attached to a metal gooseneck which then shafts into the long handle, this hoe is the most common farming hand implement, next to the farm ax. A good hoe is usually matched to its user’s height at the shoulder, say the experts.
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II. LIGHT AXES

The Common Light Axe

LIGHT AXE, THE COMMON
The Common Light Axe is the smallest type of Axes. The shaft is short and light, the square head is small, and the total weight of this Axe is less than it looks. The Light Axe is not suitable on foot, as the range is short, and the blade easily gets stuck in melee combat. Then again, it is quite effective on horseback. The Light Axe is used to swing down on the heads of the foot soldiers, and slash their heads and necks. As it is small, light, and quite maneuverable, it is dangerous in the hands of skilled fighters. There is another version of this Axe, with a longer shaft, which is used as primary weapon, instead of the usual secondary place the ordinary Light Axe has. Return to the top
 

SPIKE AXE, THE
The Spike Axe is the most unique of all the Axe types. The blade is shaped as one long piece of metal, bent down in a deep curve. The blade, which resembles a large, bent spike, is as sharp as a razor, and at the end of the spike is a pointed end. The weapon is wielded with great speed, as it is lighter than most swords. The cutting edge is designed to slash open armour and deal devastating wounds, and the pointed end is used for dealing the final kill. Return to the top
 

THRAZEN, THE ("LITTLE AXE")
Mitharim women carry miniature axes known as Thrazeen ("Little-Axe"), which are about the size and shape of a human hammer or hatchet. Honed to a razoredge and kept in a leather sheath on the left hip, these Thrazeen are multi-purpose blades which can be used for most household, gardening, craft, or kitchen purposes. Some have been carefully balanced for throwing as well, thus making them formidable weapons.
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III. MEDIUM AXES

BROADAXE, THE
A shorter and stronger shaft than on the Lumberjack Axe builds up the Broadaxe, and a broader and more curved blade. The head is considerably larger, as the blade is thicker and sturdier. The Broadaxe was the first weapon designed solely to kill. From the designs of the Broadaxe came several other variations, from where other types of Axes emerged. Other versions of the Broadaxe are the Nail Axe, the Double-bladed axe and the Oks-Axe. The Broadaxe is used one-handed. Return to the top
 

DOUBLE-EDGED AXE, THE
This Axe is an additional version of the Broadaxe. It possesses one additional blade at the back of the head, lending the Axe its name. One-handed.
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FORMATION AXE, THE
The Formation Axe is a one handed heavy Light Axe in fact, created entirely out of steel. The head is square, with a lightly curved blade, and a half fore long faintly curved spike at the end. The Formation Axe is very maneuverable, and can compete with any sword in formation fighting. Formation Axes are best wielded with a shield. The Axe was created as a weapon to be wielded on foot, but it is a very handy secondary weapon at mounted warfare as well. The Formation Axe is preferred by several foot soldiers, as the design of this Axe makes large bumps and cracks in shields and plate armour, and easily cracks bone through mail. Use one-handed as well.
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HEADCUTTER AXE, THE
This axe resembles a combination of axe and sword. The Headcutter Axe comes in two types. The first one has two sides while the second has a cutting blade on its back side. This is one of the most used weapon by the ice tribes.
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NAIL AXE, THE
This Axe is an additional version of the Broadaxe. It is larger than the Broadaxe, and it has five spikes at the back of it. One-handed.
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OKS-AXE, THE
Oks-Axes are built like Broadaxes, but the blade is more square, and the shaft is longer. One-handed.
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SCTHYAR, THE ("BLADEAXE")
The Murmillions most famous weapon is the Scythar, the so-called "Bladeaxe" which is used by nearly anyone who has enough money. Its blade is curved like a sickle, however at its tip a thorn points forward again. The bow between the thorn and the rest of the blade is used to fend off enemy swords and the thorn itself - as is the blade - is strong enough to pierce most kinds of armour.
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The Sengren Axe

SENGREN AXE, THE KYRANIAN
The pride of the former Kyranian kingdom’s arsenal is the Sengren, a double-bladed axe in which all noble youth of Kyrania were trained. Effective as a weapon against cavalry and infantry and able to pierce the strongest armour, the Sengren is known for its lightweight design. Today, the Sengren is still used, most notably amongst the famous Caelum Guard, however most of the techniques practiced and developed during the time of the ancient kingdom have been forgotten.
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STAR AXE, THE
With a zigzag shaped bladed Axe, the Star Axe is one of the strangest Axes in Caelereth. The blade is put together by five pieces of steel. One that serves as the "backbone", and four triangular pieces placed on the backbone. The triangles slash down into enemy armour, and as they are blocked by the backbone, the slash won't go very deep. Thus it is easy to pull out. The Star Axe can either be used as a one-handed or two-handed weapon in a larger version.
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TWO-HANDED AXE, THE
The Two-handed Axe is a common very heavy Axe trough. The head’s shape is related to the Lumberjack Axe, which is a square head and has a faintly curved blade. The weapon is not as heavy as it might look, but it is necessary to wield it with both hands as the shaft is more than one and a half peds long.
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IV. HEAVY AXES

BATTLE AXE, THE
The Battle-Axe is a neat moderately heavy Axe made up by two large curved blades. The head is not large, consisting only of a piece of metal a hand broad. The blades tough are about two fores and a half broad, and nearly half a fore long. The slash of a battle-axe makes nasty gashes in any armour. Battle-Axes are used two-handed.
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BILIER, THE
The Bilier is known as the axe-counterpart to the flamberge. It is large, very heavy, and easily slices through armour, shields and body parts. The head is larger than the shaft, more than one ped long. The giant blade is square, and is similar to a cleaver. When wielding this weapon, you only have one chance to hit at each attack as the Axe is very heavy and hard to swing, and it is almost impossible to get another strike on your enemy if you haven't finished the previous blow. There is a smaller version of the Bilier, which has a much lighter blade, and is possible to be used one-handed. The Bilier is a two-handed weapon, but the small-Bilier is a one-handed one.
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DAREG AXE, THE
The Dareg axe is a heavy one-handed axe. It has one piece of heavy head, with a broad, curved blade. The unusual part of this weapon is that the blade curves inwards. The curve disables enemy troops to slip away during the blow, and thus cut deeper, and cut through limbs. The Dareg Axe is preferred by heavily armoured foot soldiers.
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DRASKOVAER BLADE, THE ("BLADEAXE")
The Draskovaer, more commonly referred to in Santharia as a "Bladeaxe" or by educated people known as the "Nybelmarian" or "Murmillion Bladeaxe", is the highly reputed and idolized weapon of the Murmillions and their famous elite warriors, the Drakkar. It is a weapon with little comparison as it is finely adjusted to the Murmillion preference for individual combat in battle and their cultural heritage.

The most simple description of it would be that it blends the shape of a sickle and an axe into a sharp blade esspecially suited for bashing through armour and the grappeling techniques of Murmillion armoured combat. As Murmillion warfare evolves around using heavily armed and armoured individual fighters split up based on the sects and clans they belong to this weapon has become the defining weapon for this tribe as they always preferred the axe and mace over the sword since the beginning of recorded history.
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FANG AXE, THE KURAKIM
The Kurakim signature axe, with a gracefully-arced blade balanced by an armour-piercing spike; frightful results in battle belie its beautiful craftsmanship.
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MORTALON BATTLE AXE, THE ("CRESCENT")
A decade after the creation of the half-moon axe, better known amongst humans as the "Endover", a new kind of axe was later created due to the popularity the throwing axe received. The newly created battle axe was designed to have a blade similar to the half-moon throwing axe, but was created to be used as a close range melee weapon and employs two heads rather than one. Due to the shape of the blade, the axe is nicknamed the "Crescent", and is one of the more well used axes within the ranks of the dwarven army.
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TWO-HEADED AXE, THE ("LABRYS")
A classic double-faced axe which creates a whorl of silver danger around the wielder; very hard to defend against and equally difficult to attack, unless one catches the wielder off balance or with a distance weapon such as arrows.
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V. THROWING AXES

THROWING AXE, THE
The Throwing axe is quite similar to the Lumberjack Axe, with a rectangular head, and a faint curve at the blade. The only difference is the short shaft. This is a common throwing weapon, thrown with one hand. Return to the top
 

TIRAELHON AXE, THE
The Tiraelhon specialize in the use of throwing axes. Their axes are made from the tail fins of the earth eaters and the handle is made from the hide of the hirafan. Although the Tiraelhon train, they pray that they will never have to use their weapons. Return to the top
 

The Half-Moon Axe

HALF-MOON AXE, THE MORGERIM
The Morgerim Half-Moon was first created by the Morgerim dwarves, a reclusive and reputably more sinister tribe of the Thergerim. The most interesting aspects about it are its creators and how little is known about them and the unusual shape of the head. It was originally named "VokvakinnThrazOon", which translates roughly to "circular flying axe". Due to the difficulties for the human tongue, the popular name for this dark dwarf throwing weapon is, the Morgerim Half-moon, or the Endover, in reference to its spinning flight pattern, or in the heat of battle, “those blasted melon splitters”.
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 Date of last edit 7th Passing Clouds 1667 a.S.

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