[May Community Vote] Blades of the Old Worlds - The Selection

Poll: Which Blade do you want to see implemented in Solasta?
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Shizu
Visitor
Kickstarter Backer
1 year ago

They all look great. I prefere one-handed weapons and because of its style, I voted für the Khopesh.


Thanks for the opportunity to influence this great game <3


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Soham Kar
Level 3
1 year ago

I voted for Khopesh, because it looks cool. 

Rhel
Visitor
1 year ago

#1 Khopesh
–cool design, with function
#2 Da Dao
–a two-handed scimitar
#3 two-handed Katana
–a finesse weapon for the fighter
#4 two-handed Falchion
–an edged club
#5 Elvin thin blade
–a rapier with a little meat on it

1 year ago

I vote for the Kopesh! A truly old, but also effective blade.

Alinoria
Level 5
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1 year ago (edited)

Hello,

Cool ideas of blades. If I may bore everyone for a while though :

The Kopesh is indeed derived from axes, and actually very axe-like, it is heavy, more wieldy than axes, but still far from nimble, its weight, though, gives its strikes much power and the "hook" of the blade gives it the mentionned possibility against shields (though its heavy blows were in fact able do dismantle a shield (as in an wooden egyptian shield of that era) or wear down the ennemy to lower its shield pretty fast. Taking advantage of all the versatility of the weapons requires advanced practice, but it has the advantage of still being dangerous, used to hammer heavy blows, in the hands of a little trained fighter.

The Dadao is somewhat of the same nature, it is heavy, and even though wielded with two hands, not very fast, but makes up for it with a good range and a very strong sweep. Also the large blade can be used as a shield and the ring would prevent the ennemy blade to slide right off, allowing to block it on one side, or divert it on the other (and yes, it is unclear what their main purpose was, but the theory of them being there to annoy the ennemy and lower its focus is the most recurrent one).

2H katana is a bit of a euphemism, as the blade was only ever intended to be wielded with two hands, though it is true that several forms in the young (relatively speaking) schools use a one hand wielding for some moves, and, of course, when dual-wielded alongside a Wakisashi, but those last are quite rare and very advanced forms. Also, the katana's design did not change a lot, it was actually prevented from doing so because of an emperor (whose name eludes me, apologies) who decreted it was perfect and should not be altered in any ways (hence the creation of very alike sabers but with other other names, sur as the Odachi) and the weapon, although good indeed, was therefore prevented from being perfected over the centuries.

The falchion is hard to comment upon because there were a lot of variants over different time periods and also over different places (most of them were one-handed, though). They do share a few characteristics though, such as a large head, giving the blade a lot of momentum for heavy, if hard to control, blows. They were somewhat of a makeshift weapon, not that the craftsmanship was elemetary, but in the sense that there were no universal template and were crafted to the liking of the fighters, hence the many variations, hence too the high effectiveness. If it was perceived to bee too long to handle efficiently, let's make it shorter ! Too heavy to control, or too light to be effective, let's craft them as they are the most efficient ! This adaptability led them to be one the most handy, and deadly, weapons.

The elven thinblade being the only one that never actually existed, I have no insight on that one, apologies. If I were to makes a few analogies to actual weapons well... the reprensentation shown here is (I am sorry to break the fantasy) very unpractical. The curve of the blade would help drive the ennemy's weapon toward the handle, which is not guarded to protect the wielder's hand, so.... The large heads are usually found in longer blade, where the weight can find momentum through a consequent lever, on short blades it is just unwieldy, so I assume the head is broad, but not thick, maintaining wielding while offering to create a large wound on a stab. It would have to be wielded to attack like a knife, and would offer devastating results, but defensively it is more dangerous for the wielder to parry with that than to try and dodge the attack (which can work in games so as a fantasy weapon it is not THAT inconsistent).


Alinoria

ShadySands
Level 1
Kickstarter Backer
1 year ago

Voted Khopesh

Dhraiden
Level 4
1 year ago

Voted Dadao!

1 year ago

Elven Thinblade  for me !

1 year ago

The Falchion!  Badass looking weapon.

ShadowFox
Visitor
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1 year ago

Elven thinblade! Magic! 1 or 2 hand! All inn!


Be Happy! ;-D

Dan_1976
Visitor
1 year ago

Khopesh was actually included among weapons in some of the very earliest versions of AD&D. I vote Khopesh

Vouru
Level 1
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1 year ago

Falchion, fun to say and the best 2H crit weapon you can get (if it doesn't req a feat)

But I'm pretty cool with anything that's not another god damn Katana and hopefully nothing Elven, I'm pretty sick of elves in general It's not exotic anymore if they are literally in every single "fantasy" setting.


A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.

Space Dog
Level 4
1 year ago

Oh I voted for Falchion expecting it to be a sleek curved 2H Scimitar... but it's not.

I'd vote for the Elven Thinblade instead now.

Talena
Visitor
Kickstarter Backer
1 year ago

Obviously Khopesh - classical AD&D + ancient and mysterious origin

I don't like big unwieldy weapons, the Katana is too "Samurai/Eastern" for a classical fantasy setting and the Elven blade is just too Elven, they have it all anyway, no reason to give those Pointies yet another exclusive ;-)

D
Level 2
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1 year ago

One more vote for The Elven Thinblade :-)


Hear hear! I might love the dwarves, but the Thinblade looks awesome.