Melee Weapons
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January 18, 2007, 4:50 pm

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Pictish Axe


A sturdy, primitive Pictish axe

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This is a sturdy axe. It’s blade is wide and heavy, made from a chunk of chipped flint, and is covered in a flaking, rust-colored coating, probably dried blood. It has a haft of some dark, dense wood, with the blade wrapped over with a bundle of dark, dry sinews. The handle is wrapped with soft leather which is stained a dark grey color, most likely from the sweat of a Pictish hand.
The stripes of faded white paint across the blade suggest that it was originally a tool of the Skull Tribe, but the two downy white feathers tied to the handle suggest the Northern Heron Tribe. Perhaps, before falling into your hands, this axe was taken by a Northern Heron Pict from the body of a slain Skull Pict rival.

From time immemorial, the Picts have chipped their war-axes in the darkness of Pict-land, and brought them to bear against civilized man and enemy Pict alike.

This axe, bearing the markings of two different tribes (the Skull and the Northern Heron) seems to have been either part of a barter between tribes; or, more likely (since the Skull and the Norther Heron Picts are enemies), it was taken from a slain Pict in intertribal warfare. How it came to be in this relatively civilized portion of the world, far away from Pict-land, no man can know.

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Voted Scrasamax
January 3, 2006, 14:11
Good presentation of a stone weapon in a context other than as inferior to metal. Could be easily adapted for use by non-metal working orcs or other similar primitve groups.
Voted Cheka Man
January 3, 2006, 18:08
A good idea but plain.
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
January 3, 2006, 18:58
Picts are cool, one can never have enough plain weapons.
Good solid idea.
Voted Murometz
February 14, 2006, 0:01
"plain" is what makes it so interesting, and the last sentence provides the hook!
Voted axlerowes
April 2, 2013, 15:12
Voted valadaar
April 19, 2013, 14:35
A simple weapon, with a hint of some potential secret and intrique. 

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       By: Michael Jotne Slayer

The nations of the Kolm surpasses all other barbarians in their wilderness of life. Thoug they do just bear the likeness of men, of a very ugly pattern, they are so little advanced in civilization that they make no use of fire, nor any kind of relish, in the preparation of their food, but feed upon the roots which they find in the fields, and the half-raw flesh of any sort of animal. I say half-raw, because they give it a kind of cooking by placing it between their own thighs and the back of their horses. They fight in no regular order of battle but by being extremely swift and sudden in their movements, they disperse, and hen rapidly come toghether in loose array. They spread havoc over the vast plains and flying over the ramparts, they pillage the camp of their enemy almost before he has become aware of their approach. They are the most terrible warriors for when in close combat with swords and flails they fight without regard to their own safety, and while their enemy is intent upon parrying the thrust of the swords, they will entangle him with their chains so that he loses all power of walking or riding.

Excerpt from "The peoples of the world" By Taklamarian court-scholar Guliman Amon.

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