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« on: 12 January 2004, 02:30:00 »

Blood Thirst

Description

A short but devestating melee weapon that is kept alongside the favoured Nightooth, the Blood Thirst is a well-balanced dagger that can rip apart flesh in two distinct ways. Gracing either side of the two and half palmspans length of blade, are two distinct edges: one slightly curved and razor sharp, and the other a deadly array of jagged spiked edges.

This silver-grey blade is made out of metal bartered from Kasumarii exchanges with Carabrand, since the abundant metals found in Cyhalloi are both pliable and impure. During the latter stages of forging, the symbol for Echiilan, the Kasumarii deity of Silent Swords and Swift Returns, is etched onto it’s surface. The sharp side of the blade starts out as the usual edge of a sword but slowly curves out as it reaches towards the end. The jagged side of the Blood Thirst consists of six or seven spiked edges, all of the same uniform length.

The handle, a mere palmspan, is weighted to co-inside with the weight of the blade itself, giving the Blood Thirst a truly balanced feel. This balance is needed since the blade is traditionally held parallel with the ground, and with the blade facing to the right side of the body. Usually found as dark black, the handle can also be seen as blood red, a mark of those fully expertised in the usage of the weapon.

The Blood Thirst also exists in another form - the Kar-ii Handknife – which is sometimes used to gut fish or to rip the flesh off orcs, which are then used for other resources.


Usage

The Echiilianni sect of the Kar-ii are the only order who use the Blood Thirst. Using it occassionally in place of the Nightooth, this balanced weapon is ideal for offensive fighting, and for causing both torture and pain. With only two strokes a wound can be torn horrifically asunder, causing much blood to flow onto the blade. Traditionally the Blood Thirst was only really used for vendetta or revenge purposes, before it finally became a standard weapon of the Echiilianni.

Upon death, tradition dictates that the Blood Thirst be past on to the closest kin or friend of the fallen, so that they can carry out the revenge for the deceased. If such an act is impossible, blood must run from the blade for three straight days, before it is driven into the grave of the dead.


Fighting Style

There is only one way to correctly handle a Blood Thirst. Holding it by the handle with the blade running parallel to the ground, the end of the blade is pointed away to the right of the body, with the jagged edge closest to the right arm.

Upon a sidewards swiping motion, the razor sharp side of the blade cuts a wound across an opponents chest, this act so fast, that an opponent does not immediately react, providing the opportunity for the second return stroke which houses the jagged edge. This jagged side proceeds to tear the wound right open - causing as much pain as possible.

The Blood Thirst is an extremely painful weapon upon contact with it's jagged edge, and is always covered in blood - earning the weapon it's namesake.

Though light and balanced, a strong arm is needed to wield the Blood Thirst, due to the second strike which is used to power the returned slash of the jagged side. This is another reason why both the blade and handle are in perfect weight sync, so that the blade is not accidentally forced from the hand during the second strike. Excellent in causing pain and blood to freely flow, it is only ever useful in close weapon combat or stealth attacks, and will easily find trouble facing up against larger stature swords.

The weapon can also be used in conjunction with the Nightooth, as a final deadly strike to a fallen opponent.


Origin/History

The Blood Thirst has been a part of the Kasumarii for as long as anyone can remember. Thought to have been forged in honour of the deity Echiilan, the structure of the weapon bares faint resemblance to the infamous Ashe-Malar. Theorised to have been created by the first Acolytes of Echiilan, it is said to have been used solely for ceremonial purposes, before finally becoming used as a standard deadly weapon. The inclusion of the symbol of Echiilan etched onto the blade is a much recent development, and now every Echiilianni holds a Blood Thirst on their person.

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« Reply #1 on: 12 January 2004, 16:35:00 »

Nice job.  But I have one comment though.  I think the cut from the razor sharp part of the knife would not be felt for a moment or two, at least a person so cut would not react immediately.  This would give the return stroke an opportunity to tear the wound open.

If it is so painful a weapon the first cut would cause an opponent to naturally flinch away from the pain making the second cut extremely difficult if not impossible.  But if the one side is honed to a very sharp edge the nerves will take a moment to register and when they do the second cut is already doing its terrible damage.

You might want to include that in the attack technique, or not as you see fit.



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« Reply #2 on: 13 January 2004, 03:24:00 »

Thanks, great advice, I'll add that info to a section now...

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« Reply #3 on: 13 January 2004, 14:39:00 »

Just read the entry, Sanjiyan, and have to say you've really done very well here with your first work - great job! All sections filled properly, no typos/misspellings, all put together as it should be, one can't ask for more:)

Of course I'm not a Karii expert, so maybe Dasson shows up as well (will shove him in this direction), but I personally like it very much.

Hope we see more of this, Sanjiyan! Would be happy to integrate more such elaborated stuff! :thumbup  


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« Reply #4 on: 14 January 2004, 00:57:00 »

Thanks. :D  

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« Reply #5 on: 14 January 2004, 02:45:00 »

Oooh! Me likey! Mostly. Some qualms though.

The metal deal... umm, Cyhalloi metal pliable and impure? These guys were separated from the mainland for several centures and producing moonblades and such! ...They didn't open trade with the Sarvonian mainland till 296 b.S.! I don't like this, though I know Viresse said it on her Tundra entry... but that makes it impossible for the Kar'ii and orcish hordes to be as warlike as they are. Either this is something that needs changing... or both sides know how to fold and forge the metal into something much more deadly and useful. Cause Moonblades are NOT flimsy. o.o Arti?

And I'd see the Blood-Thirst being used on more than just occassions of revenge. Remember... all Echiiliaan weapons are like this, torture-tools (heart-wrenchers, I like to call them), and so it'd be likely a fairly common side-arm. :)

I do likey this much, though!

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« Reply #6 on: 14 January 2004, 14:33:00 »

Well, you could see the resources thingy from the other side as well... Good metals would be rare in Cyhalloi), so that could be a reason why Kasumarii blades were that valuable right from the start and why it was an honor to possess them - the people who crafted them could have become rare masters and would be very careful to work on good stuff, because they didn't have that much material. The weapons then became very important for the Kasumarii. First settlers from where the Kasumarri derived came in 602 b.S. and in 296 b.S. (3 centuries later) trade was established with the Sarvonian mainland. So at this time you could say that the extraordinary knowledge of the Kasumarii ignited a whole industry of smithing weapons as exports started as well etc., an initial need then produced a virtue to make the best out of what they had:)  


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« Reply #7 on: 14 January 2004, 17:43:00 »

Cool, glad you liked it Dasson. I've changed the wording slightly of the 'traditionally used bit', so that it now reads that it was traditionally used for vendetta or revenge purposes before becoming a standard weapon of the Echiilianni.

As for the metal part, yeah I got that from the Tundra section. I'll change it once you guys have thought about it. :)  

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« Reply #8 on: 14 January 2004, 22:41:00 »

Hmm... I like that, Arti. :)  I'll be sure to include mention of that in the next revision. :D



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« Reply #9 on: 15 January 2004, 14:07:00 »

Well, if Dasson is ok with my proposal, then we can keep the metal part as it is, no big changes necessary:)  So I can mark the entry for integration already - great job for your first work, Sanjiyan!:clap  


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« Reply #10 on: 15 January 2004, 17:18:00 »

Hey Lance...now you've got your first entry under your belt, would you like to come and work with me on Aeruillin? It's my continent... well, not exactly mine, but I've adopted it (trespassers will be prosecuted), and I'd love a team member to help with with the fleshing out. If you'd prefer to work on weapons etc however, that's fine, but I thought I'd ask!

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« Reply #11 on: 15 January 2004, 19:22:00 »

It will be a while, but if you can wait I would like to take on the city of Shan'Furionnis and the Xantian Mountains.  I have many ideas about the city, the trade, and some old school thoughts about why and what makes it tick.


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« Reply #12 on: 16 January 2004, 09:30:00 »

Shireen:

Sure, I wouldn't mind working with you on Aeruillin. The only way I'll know what I'll like best is by trying a little bit of everything. ;)

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« Reply #13 on: 16 January 2004, 13:45:00 »

@Thuja - currently Aeruillin is a very delicate place, for which I have great plans. I have linked many things, and I'd love you to take on Shan'Furrionis, but you would need to follow some ideas that are already in motion. Especially regarding the Xantian Mountains, where there are currently plans for a "free" dwarven tribe.

Anyway, if you still wish to take on this region, then please post in the Aeruillin forum in your own time, as I will need to discuss your ideas with you. I hope I don't sound too harsh or pedantic about this, but I really want Aeruillin to be whole as a continent, if you understand my meaning.

@Sanjiyan - You seem to like the fighting tribes, so how about the Orcal bounty hunter settlement that I want in Thybross??? If you post in the Aeruillin forum, we can get a discussion of some sort going.

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« Reply #14 on: 24 January 2004, 14:13:00 »

Okeydokey... And already prepared for the next update:)  


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