While I appreciate any interesting non magical weapon, the descriptions is confusing and the physics of such a weapon (as described) would make for an odd attack. The trade off of weight and manipulation for an inertial second attack seems unwieldy and unlikely.
took me a few minutes to find it, but the war scissors have been done already, and in this case, done better.
Dipping into the comments from the War Forbici, such a weapon would require excessive strength to use. Cutting through sinew and bone with a pair of scissors is not nearly as simple as hacking through them with a sword.
The thing is that the Scissorsword can be wielded like a normal if heavy sword, simply with the added bonus of striking them again from the other side of the limb / torso / whatnot. It's more likely to crack a limb then to actually shear it off, but if the limb was struck with the part of the blade near the hinge with the pendulum form it might take it off.
On the other hand, if you were running a campaign in which realism was slim to none, The War Forbici and the Scissorswords could be closely related. Perhaps the Forbici-wielding Prince Kestor from the linked post there is leading a force of men wielding Scissorswords. Presto! Instant army theme! Go to Comment
Nicely done. it is a solid concept. I would of liked a little more description and explanation, but I could live wihtou it. So we have a place, some history, and a few plots. It works for me. Go to Comment
Very nice. Not to long but complete enough. I was slightly confused on one part; when the fortress fell, you said that the keep was 'besieged not just on both sides, but from withing as well'. After that it sounded like there were only two armies, one above and one below. It would clarify that part a good deal if you reworded it for two armies from the surface or if you would mention something like one army had surrounded it from the surface. Go to Comment
I left it vague so that you can develop it as your campaign needs. Need something peculiar but don't know how to introduce it, like a six limbed, seven eyed vorpal beast of doom? Guess where it lives! On the other hand, it may just be a particularly violent crossbreed of orcs and dark elves. Go to Comment
During big fights in the arena or gladitorial ring between two well known or important warriors. When one looses and dies, the crowd throws copper coins into the arena for the slain warrior to take with them on their passage of death. This is to make their passage and afterlife richer and less troubled. It is a sign of respect.