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Why I Often Say “Use this Existing Stat”

Damage Slash Pierce Bludgeon 1d4 Sickle, Whip Dagger Club, Light Hammer 1d6 Handaxe, Scimitar Javelin, Spear, Shortsword, Trident Mace, Quarterstaff 1d8 Battleaxe, Longsword Morningstar, Rapier, War Pick Greatclub, Quarterstaff, Flail 1d10 Glaive, Halberd, Longsword Pike 1d12 Greataxe Lance

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The Messer

Malicious Compliance “Messer” means “knife” in German. The sword it describes looks like a knife, for good reason (which we’ll get to later). It’s a one-handed sword, with a single edge. The straight blade is a bit wide compared to … Continue reading

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Other Japanese Swords

Or, “clearing my notes.” Japanese scholars talk about three sword-making periods: the Shintō (“new sword”), the era of the daishō, which corresponds closely (but not exactly) to the Edo period (a.k.a. the shogunate); the Kotō (“old sword”), the period preceding … Continue reading

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The Daishō

Legality, Practicality, and Gentility Daishō literally means “big-little,” and refers to the pair of swords worn during the shogunate. “Big” in this pair is the famous sword, the katana, and “little” is the wakizashi, or “companion sword.” In swordfighting, it’s … Continue reading

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