Login or register. (You can now login/register with your social networks.)

Melee Weapons
3 Votes


Hits: 5914
Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Rating: 3.8333
Condition: Normal
ID: 1297


January 17, 2007, 8:13 am

Vote Hall of Honour

You must be a member to use HoH votes.
Author Status


Print Friendly and PDF

Green Dragon Crescent Moon Swords


This weapons has been made popular by several heroic and near mythical adventuring types that have served the Empire over the last three centuries. They are large, powerful weapons, with a distinctive look to them, suitable for Heroes and those who think they are heroes.

Full Item Description
Green Dragon Crescent Moon Swords come from the Hot Forges of the North East Territories. The steel used seems to have a green tinge to it, almost as if brass or copper or blood has been added to the mix.

The weapon has a full handle with guard. It is made for one handed use by a strong man. A weak man should not use it, as there is not enough length on the handle to use with two if the blade is balance properly.

GDCM swords are of a broad bladed cutlass/ scimitar design. Take a regular slightly curved cutlass and mutliply the blade width by an average of 1.75 times (3” 7cm to 5” 12cm wide), with extra width and curve at the slashing end. This gives the crecent component of the design.

The Claw component comes from the jack claw the blade has. The shape of the blade is like that of a lobster, if one could elongate and thin said claw. The jack claw seperates out about halfway up the blade and only goes for another 4” 10cms. The “jack claw” is mostly there for balance and to add stability and weight to the slashing blade. (Plus it adds to the appearance and mystique of the weapons). It is said, those with skill can utilize it to catch smaller weapons (or thin stock polearms) for a locking parry or a disarm.

The outside edge of the main blade is true sharp. There is an attempt to make the inside edges and the point of the jack claw sharp, but these are not normally striking edges. This is a slashing weapon, as stabbing with the curved blade is awkward at best. Of course, with the mass of the weapon, the swing packs quite a punch.

To be a proper Dragon Swords requires either a stamp or cut out on the blade. Done in the thickest part, just south of the where the jack claw exits, there is a traditiona gen (pierced coin) pattern is either embossed (in cheaper blades) or cut out (in more expnsive blades… as it takes better steel to make said weapon).

A gen (pierced coin) pattern is a circle, with four quarter arc circles inscribed inside of it (a rounded diamond inside a circle). The cut outs remove the areas between the rounded diamond and the outer circle and the interior of the rounded diamond.

The common sizes has these measurements.
Total Length 71cm 28”
Blade Length 56cm 22”
Weight 2.5kg 6 lbs

There are units made that are larger and heavier. Some will even mount these blades on metal re-enforced poles and use them as Kwan Dao/ Asian Halbard.

This weapons has been made popular by several heroic and near mythical adventuring types that have served the Empire over the last three centuries. They are large, powerful weapons, with a distinctive look to them, suitable for Heroes and those who think they are heroes.

Additional Ideas (0)

Please register to add an idea. It only takes a moment.

Join Now!!

Gain the ability to:
Vote and add your ideas to submissions.
Upvote and give XP to useful comments.
Work on submissions in private or flag them for assistance.
Earn XP and gain levels that give you more site abilities.
Join a Guild in the forums or complete a Quest and level-up your experience.
Comments ( 10 )
Commenters gain extra XP from Author votes.

October 31, 2005, 1:22
Normally you can google an image of most of my mundane weapons. However, not this one. You keep getting the Kwan Dao or sword mounted on spear version, plus a lot of things from the 3 kingdoms video games and movies. I got the inspiration for this reading Kungfu Magazine, but I have yet to see an image of it on their site.
Voted Mourngrymn
November 9, 2005, 21:28
Interesting. I don't think I have ever read or seen anything like it. but I wil ltry to find it taht is for sure.
Siren no Orakio
April 5, 2006, 19:05
So, I ran into someone doing a kata with the halberd version of one of these at a tournament. ...

Good grief is all I have to say. I don't even want to /think/ about wielding it. The user should be a big man reguardless.
April 6, 2006, 1:01
Oh yes. The sword is HUGE, requiring a man of exceptional strength to wield. General Kwan, the originator, was a man of mythically large size and strength.

The version listed above is about the mass of a larger than average longsword, just with a wider/ broader bladed. Not a weapon for the weak - ever.

They were added to the Halberd to make them easier to wield. However, the haberds tend to be iron/ steel poles and the blades are even bigger (same shape, same stamp, and same cut).
Siren no Orakio
April 6, 2006, 7:04
I don't think this is well understood. This is not a 'sword' or a 'halberd'. This is a 'sharpened freight train'. That is all.
April 7, 2006, 15:30
Yah. It is a scary weapon. Really. Most melee weapons (and their practioners) do not give me pause. This one does.

The Swords is basic, though exotic. The pole weapon is "beyond most people's experience". You can describe it, but few believe it. Then you see them in action.

That is why this is the sword version, people are willing to believe that people use this.
Voted valadaar
December 11, 2006, 12:57
Only voted
Siren no Orakio
February 17, 2007, 13:34
Since I'm about to return to the tourney where I first saw one of these, BUMP. You cannot comprehend from this description the sheer momentum of this object.
February 20, 2007, 13:14
Considering your "OMG" sized longswords (you know the massively huge ones that look impressive or look like anime swords) or giant war hammers are only about 4-5 kgs. Mass and momentum translated into penetration and impact damage (cutting being seperate). The halberd version runs from 6-8 kgs (sources vary), you can see the difference in kinetic transference.
Voted Cheka Man
February 17, 2007, 20:00
A weapon for the tough.

Link Backs

Random Idea Seed View All Idea Seeds

       By: Michael Jotne Slayer

The old clock tower stands tall, but the bulk of the uppermost storey is crumbling and unsafe, with gaping cracks in the walls. The metal struts and girders supporting the great bronze bells are still intact, though, and the bells survive. The grotesque gargoyles and arabesques which decorated the original design have either fallen into the street (once or twice a year more bricks fall from the tower, prompting calls for its demolition) or have been defaced, but the main doors to the clock tower are still intact and show signs of being kept in working order. This is the home of The Captains, clad in raggedy clothes, with sooty faces, and perpetually runny noses. But behind each set of eyes is the look of a survivor. They live to stick together and make it through each day. Older than their years in many ways, the friendship they share with each other and Wims ghost keeps the core of a childs innocence and hope alive in each. But they are still very suspicious of outsiders. They are a group of street children who live in the clock tower. Some are orphans, some runaways, and some nomads who occasionally return to their homes. But they’re all poor, dirty and perpetually hungry, as well as being wily, unscrupulous and mischievous in a fairly brutal way. Enough of them have suffered at the hands of adults for all of them to be wary of any grown-ups, particularly ones who ask too many questions, although with hard work and a lot of food it might be possible to win the confidence or even the trust of a few of them.

Ideas  ( Locations ) | February 15, 2011 | View | UpVote 4xp

Creative Commons License
Individual submissions, unless otherwise noted by the author, are licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
and requires a link back to the original.

We would love it if you left a comment when you use an idea!
Powered by Lockmor 4.1 with Codeigniter | Copyright © 2013 Strolen's Citadel
A Role Player's Creative Workshop.
Read. Post. Play.
Optimized for anything except IE.