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Ozian Weaponry


The Axe has long been the symbol of Ozea, and the weapon of choice from the common footsoldier to the one time King.

The Axe has long been a ethnic symbol of Ozea, dating back more than a millenium. Being a pragmatic people, the sword was seldom used as it really only has one use, and that is for warfare alone. The axe is an equally lethal weapon that can be used for other tasks, such as wood splitting, construction, and the like.

Peasant Axe
As its name implies, this is the most common weapon/tool found in Ozea and it is a single bladed axe lacking in ornamentation. It is light enough to be swung one handed in concert with the usage of a shield. The handle is long enough for it to be used two handed as a tool. The back is flat, and can double as a hammer.

Long Axe
A weapon of enlisted militias, the long axe is a pole arm that mounts a small axe head with a long spear point, to create a rather intimidating looking weapon that can thrust or chop as the situation requires. Ozian levies often use the long axe in phalanxes when facing mounted foes or foes who lack ranged weapons.

Bailiff Axe
The weapon of landed warriors, knights in more common parlance. It is a hand and a half axe that can be used one or two handed, and from horseback. It has a large cresent moon shaped blade, and many are quite decorated with etchings, carvings, or ornamented spikes at the tip. One Bailiff Ettinbald had a notched axe that was a terror to the tribes of the plains.

Maynor Axe
This large battle axe is notable for its double cresent moon blades. It is a heavy weapon that requires two hands to use and is mainly raised in defence of the home and hearth.

War Axe
A commoner version of the Maynor Axe, the war axe has double blades, but lacks the noble cresent shape, instead each blade has a rectangular profile and some call it a double-cleaver rather than an axe.

Tomb Axe
This is a short handled axe made of high purity copper to be placed with the dead when they are placed in their crypts and tombs. This tradition, and the associated Coppersmiths date back to Ozea’s settlement and the tradition of burying a warrior with his weapons and tools. The tradition has changed, and now the dead are buried with copper versions of their weapons, in homage to their ancestors use of copper before mastering the working of brass, bronze, and steel.

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Voted MoonHunter
April 26, 2006, 15:40
Other than making this an Equipment listing post, I can find no real fault in it. Nice linkage as well. Two paws
Voted Cheka Man
April 26, 2006, 17:40
Ozea must be a country with liberal axe laws. Do some of it's citizens call the country Oz for short?
Voted CaptainPenguin
April 26, 2006, 23:54
I am gratified to see two of my weapon submissions linked to a much more interesting post...
It's more than just weapons, it's an interesting snapshot of a culture.

Voted Murometz
April 27, 2006, 0:01
Cool! Dont axe me any questions :D
Cheka Man
August 25, 2008, 9:57
How strong is a Copper Axe in battle?
August 26, 2008, 1:08
Copper is a rather soft metal and prone to corrosion, so copper weapons are inferior to brass, bronze, iron, and steel weapons. The copper axes used by the Ozians are ceremonial, and most do not even have a sharpened edge.
Voted manfred
August 25, 2008, 15:14
Is there also a specialized axe for throwing, or is one of them more preferred for that purpose (the Peasant Axe)? That's the only bit I was missing here. A good snapshot indeed.
August 26, 2008, 1:10
I agree that a throwing axe is a worthy weapon, but one that doesn't suit the Ozian style of fighting, they are a doughty and phlegmatic people who rather loathe the idea of throwing their weapons rather than wield them in their hands. They also have a long history of dealing with the undead, and often ogres, so throwing a weapon isn't the best way to deal with either larger foes, or slower ones.
August 26, 2008, 19:28
A good rationale for not using something beats simply adding another option. Yes, they could throw that axe if really necessary, but making them detest that option gives them even more color. My question is answered.
Voted valadaar
August 25, 2008, 20:25
Nice collection of weapons. Good detail bits.

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