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Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
CaptainPenguin's comment on 2007-01-09 11:17 PM
I love it!
Strange weapons rule Go to Comment
Surujin
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MoonHunter's comment on 2007-01-10 01:23 AM
Nice addition to the codice. It is this variation of a peasants weapon that will come up in many games. Go to Comment
Surujin
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MoonHunter's comment on 2007-01-11 02:34 PM
Oh yah. 103 uses Go to Comment
Surujin
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Siren no Orakio's comment on 2007-01-09 11:29 PM
This is known in kobudo arts as 'Manriki', with the 'manriki gusari' being the double-weighted version.

http://www.bushipower.com/page/BS/PROD/AX/MT680 is the second. Go to Comment
Surujin
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-01-10 02:29 AM
I like the fact that it came from the fisherman rather than from farmers, which tend to be the more traditional source for peasant weaponry. Go to Comment
Surujin
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-01-09 04:57 PM
A very useful item. Go to Comment
Surujin
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Murometz's comment on 2007-01-09 08:03 PM
not bad. I'm actually a fan of peasant weapons. Nifty, but a bit sparse in "feel". Go to Comment
Surujin
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axlerowes's comment on 2013-04-01 06:49 PM
If you are going to discuss real world facts, toss in some references. Go to Comment
Surujin
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-10 09:26 AM
Useful and simple weapon.

Another use for Iron Spikes... :) Go to Comment
Surujin
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Kuseru Satsujin's comment on 2008-06-01 08:00 AM
Where to begin? Let's start with the whole 'peasant weapon' thing. After years of research into Japanese and Okinawan weapons, I've learned to take any claims of "peasant" origin with a LARGE grain of salt, especially where Okinawan weapons are concerned. Like the ninja, there are a great number of myths associated with kobudo weaponry. The first being that peasants were improvising weapons from common tools because they couldn't carry weapons (a myth also appearing in Japan). It was the warrior caste (Pechin) of Okinawa who improvised tools for use as weapons (primarily due to the restrictions placed on them by the Satsuma after the 1609 invasion).
Don't get me wrong, there are weapons derived from "peasant" tools. However, research shows that these generally derive from the same sort of tools you'd find turned into weapons in Europe; flails, axes, hatchets, scythes, and the like. The tonfa is pretty much the only Okinawan weapon, derived from a tool, which doesn't exactly have a classical European counterpart (excepting the use of improvised objects as weaponry). So when you come across claims of a weapon being derived from "peasant tools" be sure to triple check the sources on it. (As a side note, for the suruchin alone, I've seen three different "origin" stories; the fishermen one, one where they're derived from tools used to hold together bits of roofing, and another that states they were used as far back as the Stone Age to fight off wild beasts. Given the simplicity in design of the weapon, any or none of those could be valid.)

Next we come to the chain/rope issue. The suruchin is a rope weapon. Later exposure to Japanese weaponry introduced chain weaponry to Okinawa where local practitioners of kobudo adopted the weaponry and dubbed them "suruchin", but they're still really not the same weapon. The two types of chain suruchin, cho suruchin and naga suruchin, are actually a tamagusari and manriki-gusari. Judging by the wording used in the description posted, the chain entry was pulled from Wikipedia. Don't get me wrong, Wiki can be a wonderful source of information, but only if used as a starting place in your research.

Technical stuff. The actual lengths given for the suruchin are 3, 5, 6, and 7 shaku (11.930542 inches, usually people just convert to one foot for ease of reference). For the metric folks, these lengths are 90 cm, 150cm, 180cm, and 240cm.

Note: Yes, I use the 'suruchin' spelling rather than 'surujin,' lots of research shows that most Japanese and Okinawan weapons have generally at least half a dozen alternate spelling/names for the same weapon. The "suru" part of the name is derived from the plant fiber, surukaa, from which the rope was originally made. Chin/jin is supposedly derived from the term for the paperweight used to hold down rice paper (according to Wiki at least, if it's true, it would derive from the character (not sure if that will show well here) 'chin'; 'shizu' (in okinawan), an archaic Buddhist term for a weight).


So, overall, my main suggestion is simply to make sure you research multiple sources on stuff like this. Other than that issue (which happens to everyone, even me), it was a good submission. Go to Comment
Surujin
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Kassy's comment on 2012-07-04 07:34 AM
I agree with Muro.

While the idea is a neat one, I feel that more could be done to 'flesh' this out.

2.5/5 Go to Comment
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Barbarian Horde's comment on 2007-09-28 06:23 PM
In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power... Green Lantern's light! Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2006-10-20 05:56 AM
Part of a rhyme/prayer, cited by a priest and a farmer while blessing grain with the Pildun Bowl: (many variations exist)

Through winter meek,
the spring you seek,
then sleep you bind,
till earth you find.

Start to grow,
as you greet the plow,
From our strain,
shall grow the grain.

From earthy bed,
will come the bread,
then we come near,
to the next year.
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manfred's comment on 2006-10-20 05:57 AM
What MoonHunter said... I do like this idea.

Also am amused by the Monty Python line. Nice reminder! :) Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-10-19 10:17 AM
From Arth

FirstLand
HHHHHHOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMM The chants continue for hours. They are not words, they are vibrations harmonic to the keys of the world. It is a magic thing.

In Antioch and most places in SecondLand
In front of a cretch (found in just about every building in Arth)

O' Master of X (insert element or archetype)
mumble, mumble, mumble.
Nobody except the deity is supposed to hear your prayer. This also covers the form over function of appearing pious.

In Amar everyday and other places on holy days:
Sung
O' Hear my song, your heart of spirit
Hear my song and be pleased
We lift up our voices to you
To the choir of all we join

O' Hear my song, heart of spirit
Join with us to the world
We lift up our voices to call you
To us and this world be joined.

Avon and a few places in SecondLand
From the Beginning
To the End
We walk with your guidence GE-EM
We follow your ways

MaskLand
Dannu Grant Me Vision and Wisdom

More comming. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-10-19 10:19 AM
Voted not so much for what is here, but for what will be. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-11-03 11:30 AM
(Wonderful Adaption of the Green Lantern Oath) Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2008-06-25 10:58 AM
Sir Francis Drake's Prayer (1577)
I find this personally moving, and something applicable to any explorer.

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2008-06-26 01:05 AM
There should be more work on these folks. This and Creeds need some love. Go to Comment
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Siren no Orakio's comment on 2006-10-21 12:29 AM
    Dawn Prayer to Zevarith, God of Fire

Shadow-Banisher, we greet you.
Life-Spark, we rejoice in your coming.
Pure-Flame, we beg of you.
Banish the Shadow of Death.
Show us the way to Rebirth.
Cleanse us with your Eternal Fire. Go to Comment
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