Interesting Weapons- Non-Magic

Every item does not need to be POWERFUL... EXOTIC... MYTHIC, but it does need to be interesting or useful. After all, if the item is not useful in some way.... why did anyone take the time and materials to make it?

Every item does not need to be "magic" or "powerful". Many perfectly mundane (in the non magical sense) weapons have:
*) Interesting back stories. Perfectly non magical weapons can be noted weapons with a place in history, part of legends, or associated with great heroes.

*) Important places in their cultures. Katanas for an example. Heraldic shields for another. These weapons are often symbols of some group, social class, or culture. These are normally a type of weapon post.

*) Just a detailed weapon. These weapons are not your everyday weapons list kind of things. They have more to them than some simple specifications. These are not common weapons you have seen on a half dozen weapons lists. They will have elements of shape or descriptions that makes it special and different. These are normally a type of weapon post.

That is what these threads are for. Perfectly normal, non magical weapons have a place here too.

One Caveat. If the weapon you are thinking of is "funky", having some odd combination of blades or chains or pointy things, the question we have to ask... is this weapon feasable and practical? If it is not, then do not add it, it will be deleted.

Almost every possible combination of weapons have been tried in a variety of cultures. Useful weapons were kept and more of them made, while those that were not really useful were ignored. So you might have a "cool idea" for a weapon, but you need to think hard about if it is really useful (doing a little historical weapon research might be useful too.)

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Monk's Spade By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

In the north west provinces, the locals used an odd design for their shovels. The blade part is a flat 12' (30 cm) cast iron half circle with a small extension in the back to facilitate mounting on the handles. Like many farming items, they were adapted to be used as weapons by those who had them and had no others.

Tree-of-Blades By: CaptainPenguin
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

The Tree-of-Blades (along with the infamous dragonsword, with which we are not concerned here) is the signature weapon and symbol of the Dragonfighters of Mount Taris. It is also known as the Dragonfighter axe, or as the txarian (this name, pronounced 'char-EE-ahn', comes from Txarian Tapolosthes, the feared Chilliarch of the Dragonfighters, who led the his people in a series of short but vicious wars against the Mysians).

The Indian Madu By: macaroni
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

a very useful exotic weapon

Maul Shank By: Ouroboros
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

The traditional weapon worn by members of the Maul Rats Regiment.

Smatchett By: Ouroboros
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

A close-quarter combat weapon common in the Locastrian armed forces.

The Anklar Blades By: Michael Jotne Slayer
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

Cursed swords that bring bad fortune to whoever wields them. Or are they?

Danamax Rapier By: Ted
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

The weapon of choice of the royal guards, the Danamax rapier is a symbol of an enduring dynasty.

The Deathbringer By: Drackler
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

A mythic sword thats only power is legend.

Khawarezmian Papersword By: CaptainPenguin
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

Some call the Khawarezmians primitive. Paperswords are not made of paper or parchament. They are made of thin sheets of bone laminated together. It takes expert craftsmanship to make them. They are anything but primitive.

30 Uncoventional Weapons By: Moonlake
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

A collection of unconventional weapons

Scissor Swords By: Grey
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

"How did you lose your arm?"
"Well you see, I fought this one bloke with a bizarre sword..."

Middle Swords By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

"So it is old," I said.

"Older than you know," The White Beard murmered.

"I have never seen a blade of this type," I said swinging it experimentally.

"It is a Middle Blade. They are made not in these times, but in Albinion Era after the fall of the Empire, made, they were," The Wise One said.

"It is truly old then, almost as old as you..."

The White Beard just sighed.

Ozian Weaponry By: Scrasamax
Items • Equipment Listing • Non-Magical

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

Weapons and Realism By: Incarnadine
Articles • Resource • Gaming - In General

This is an article about designing and creating new weapons and armaments that are nonetheless realistic. If you've ever wanted to make your own unique medieval weapon for a campaign, this will hopefully come in handy.

War Forbici By: Dozus
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

The sight of a war forbici on the battle field makes some laugh, others fearful, and some simply confused. In well-trained hands, however, it can be a lethal weapon.

Bat Blades By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

In the North West Province, Bats are considered Evil (as they are creatures of darkness and bring disease), but are still a sign of good luck. The presence of bats around one (as many locals dig out caves or put up bat sheds) shows a Sly Dark One's Luck. (In reality, Bats eat locusts, locust pupae, and many other disruptive pests, so farmers with bats near by have better crops). The people of this province have a love hate relationship with these creatures.

Derivish Blade By: Agar
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

Normal small knives modified to give fast attacks. Enchanted versions are even more deadly.

Torch Axe By: CaptainPenguin
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

This is it. The one that started them all. The very first flaming weapon.

War Cleaver By: Agar
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

A cleaver the size of a large shield.

Firebow By: CaptainPenguin
Items • Ranged Weapons • Combat

A firebow, though no longer the staple weapon that it was during the era of it's modernity, is still a powerful and versatile missile weapon in it's own right.

Green Dragon Crescent Moon Swords By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

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.

Sovereign's Sword By: KendraHeart
Items • Melee Weapons • Heroic

Sovereign's Swords are the distinctive weapons of the Sovereign's Finest, the upper ranked members of the Kingdom's forces. These special agents are the Sovereign's hands, imparting justice and rulings when needed, being embassy, or doing special duties.

Spikespear By: Cheka Man
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

An aquatic spear made of shaped coral.

Ghorish Maw By: Dragonlordmax
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

The Ghorish Maw is used by the Ogre Tribes which live in the Ghor Mountains, named after a legendary Ogre Chieftain who once resided there. Known for his love of eating, these are the weapons he armed his warriors with.

Spring and Autumn Sword By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

It is called the Spring and Autumn sword because it brings new beginings and new endings.

Family Art Sword By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

'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!'

Woodsman's Blade By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

A Woodsman Blade is a useful tool for those who ply the woods. It is often the primary weapon for a variety of Woodsman Organization.

Wei-Jai Broadsword By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

The Wei-Jai were carried by Chinese soldiers during the anti-piracy campaign in the mid sixteenth century. Chinese sword blades were inferior to the Japanese blades, so there was a period when the Chinese government purchased Japanese made blades fashioned in the Chinese design.

Heaven and Earth Blade By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

In most places, weapons are designed for ease of creation and practicality of use. In others, various weapon designs are developed to meet certain philosophical criteria. This staff was initially designed for philosophical reasons, but has become a very effective weapon in which several martial techniques have been built around.

The Retainer's Sword By: Cheka Man
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

The Ducal Retainers of Urania who patrol the ever moving Twilight Zone, carry special swords that only they may legally carry.

Ryder Spear By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

A Ryder Spear is the quintessinal Kerrenese weapon. It is used by Ryders in combat and in tournament, the two most important parts of a Ryder's life.

Shura Fist of Slaying By: Maggot
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

Just like with the sharks they so revere,a wrong or inappropriate action can provoke a lethal reaction from a Shura. As the other mer-races are so fond of saying among themselves,the only thing more unpredictable than a shark is a Shura. This is a prefered weapon, simple yet deadly.

Wind and Fire Wheels By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

In most places, weapons are designed for ease of creation and practicality of use. In others, various weapon designs are developed to meet certain philosophical criteria. Wind and Fire Wheels are of the later type. However, they augment many unarmed combat styles, so in the end, they are an effective weapon.

Pear Wood 100 Longevity Sword By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

To wield such a weapon is to ensure long life and enough luck to have it.

100 Luck Sword By: MoonHunter
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

One Hundred tiny prayers for luck.

Khartand By: Michael Jotne Slayer
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

Khartand is the oldest and most characteristic of the Taklamar knife weapons.

Tyrnithi Arrows By: CaptainPenguin
Items • Ranged Weapons • Non-Magical

A bundle of Tyrnithi arrows. Rare and highly prized by Archers in this Lands.

Ghollish Wide-axe By: CaptainPenguin
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

The Ghollish Wide-axe was a design of axe popular a few decades ago in the southern provinces of (insert kingdom), especially among peasants involved in the Sickle of Justice rebellion (though these favored sickles to axes).

Dogpick By: CaptainPenguin
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

This heavy iron war-pick is was common in the the Pretender Wars

Cruaunte Sword By: Scrasamax
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

This sword is unique, made only for the Merchant Prince of [insert city] and his loyal band of mercenaries. The Cruaunte is a hand and a half sword, capable of being used with one or two hands, and from horseback or on foot. Thus, the merchant can save both time and money equipping his men with a universally usefull weapon.

Haio-Mano (Shark tooth weapons) By: Michael Jotne Slayer
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

Haio-Mano means 'A shark's lei'. These Ankorillian weapons are particularly effective and devastating.

Powi fighting net By: Maggot
Items • Other • Non-Magical

A simple net made of strong jute,this otherwise innocous looking object when combined with the amazing Ahal paste used by the tribsemen of the Powi,can be a serious threat to any warrior who finds himself menaced with this traditional Powi wepaon.

Antiago spear By: Michael Jotne Slayer
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

A spear that reflects the life of it's owner trough small Haiku like poems. As the soldier lives his life the spear casts a shadow of his great exploits. Small runes are carefully etched in the ash shaft after a great battle or another important event in the warriors life.

Pictish Axe By: CaptainPenguin
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

A sturdy, primitive Pictish axe

Scorpion Daggers By: Siren no Orakio
Items • Melee Weapons • Combat

A simple knife, designed to hold its poison far longer than a blade with poison simply smeared over it.

Dragon Crossbow By: Scrasamax
Items • Ranged Weapons • Combat

Not a bad weapon, but don't miss. It takes about six minutes to reload...

Surujin By: Pariah
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

Translated roughly as 'Rope weight,' this weapon has evolved from a tool used by fisherman for anchoring to trees or hauling their boat through the shallows.

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If you want to add things to this codex, might I suggest reading Incarnadine's Weapons and Realism first? This way you will get a feel for weapons that could really exist. We like historical variations of weapons as well. Firearms also work, but we stick towards melee and missle weapons here.

If you don't want to follow the link, simply put 1802 in the search box and it should come up.

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5/5 for this brilliant weapon and it's backstory.

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Weapons are mostly a yawn factor to me, but this Codex offers a great collection of them, no magic also a plus.

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So now I ask you to come back to our regularly scheduled thread. Take a look at how special, regular weapons can be. I think you will find it fascinating.

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A scroll with very useful potential. (Now if I could just get my hands on some more research material to finish my weapons projects...)