Melee Weapons
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January 16, 2007, 5:23 pm

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Family Art Sword


“When I strike at you, I am not alone. I have the courage and skill of my entire family. You do not have a chance!”

Full Item Description
The weapon, guard, and pommel guard, are fairly standard in nature for the region. (In most cases it weighs 3 lbs (1.5 kgs) and is 35” long (30” blade, 75 cms) and has mildly decorate guards with appropriate beasts for the region). 

The weapon has the family name engraved on the blade in a beautiful calligraphy. The family name is inscribed four places on the blade (right and left side on both sides of the blade). If there is a family motto, it is inscribed along the center of the blade on both sides. The engravings are often inlayed with brass, but gold, silver, pewter, and other metals can be used.

In martial households, this weapon is used to teach family sword techniques, those special tricks and bits that have been passed down from successful warrior ancestors to the current generation. The Head of the household wears the sword as a “daily sword” for around house and town/ country, when they are not expecting trouble. They use more “serious weapons” when they are expecting to actually use a weapon.

When not in use or with non martial households, it is hung in the family room to protect the family from Evil. Those of the family within the “reflection” of the blade are safe from spiritual evil and supposedly the Evil that men do.

Magic/Cursed Properties
None, but might give pluses to “speaking with the ancestors”

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Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
December 8, 2005, 22:59
A great idea which could easily be expanded with some nice details. Perhaps an example?
Some "show, don't tell details"?
December 9, 2005, 9:57
What details would you like me to add?

What details would you add? Do you want me to write up a piece of fiction for it, showing over the hearth of a fire at one random home? What about the several hundred thousand other homes?

This is not an individual piece. This is a cultural piece, where there are hundreds of thousands of these swords.
Michael Jotne Slayer
December 9, 2005, 10:37
This intro here, really sent my imagination spinning and left me craving more.

"When I strike at you, I am not alone. I have the courage and skill of my entire family. You do not have a chance!"

So my point was that I think the post could easily handle a few more lines in the intro mood.
But it is a great idea anyway so if my comments is annoying you we can leave it with that.

Sincerely, Mike.
Voted valadaar
October 30, 2007, 16:05
As said, a nice idea.
Voted axlerowes
January 23, 2015, 13:01
Nice bit of culture, I imagine owning or losing such an item could used as piece of character driven metaphor,

could use a little flair or humor to set it off, didn't read the original but I think mjs's comments still apply

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