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March 21, 2006, 11:46 pm

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Kazi Weapons


Weapons used by the nomadic Kazi.

Ichyti - An extremely personal weapon, crafted as a rite of passage into adulthood they are the same height as their wielders.  They have a barbed spearhead on one end and an axe head on the other, the whole thing mad of the bones of great hunters.  The shaft is formed out of the rib bones of the great futti beast of the southern mountains, a beast that even the dwarves fear.  The barbs and spear head are formed from the teeth of the small chichubi (which haunt the savannahs to the north), and the axe is made from the shoulder bone of the kukuri (the raptor-like beasts that stalk the desert wastes).  A group of Kazi ranging from 14-16 will go out during the journey to hunt for these various beasts with nothing but their unfinished ichyti and their plyias.

To make the shafts two ribs are fused together, using complex breaks and various different materials to fuse them.  The barbs are sharpened and bound on, a warrior will often carry 50 or so extra barbs because they tend to break off in the wounds that they make, creating vicious scars and infections.  The Axe head is the hardest part, for finding a pack of kukuri is a difficult business, often taking a whole season, due to their ability to camouflage themselves into their environment (like the octopus, but with a much more limited color changing ability).

The personalization beyond that is incredible.  Some Kazi have the dwarves write runes of strength and power on theirs, will others draw complex mosaics to show others how many kills they have.  A lesson on the heraldry of the axe heads would take a lifetime, and differs from tribe to tribe.

Plyias - Often times the only metal you’ll see on a Kazi.  It’s a single bladed dagger put into a jawbone.  The blade is little over 4”, and for 3.5” one side is inset into the bone.  The last 1/2 inch extends out to form a point.  The bone is carved down to take up as little space as possible and actually allows the knife to be throust into something.  These are given to children when they’re young and are often buried with them when they die.  The bone often takes on a light red color after years of service, with the grooves taking on an even darker color, almost sanguine, where the owner carved his personal sign into it.

On combat - They’re fighting style is almost dance-like.  Using all of their body, as well as their weapons, and with little or no regard to their personal safety.  They view warfare and the hunt as extensions of their worship, in fact, they think that the only way to truly understand someone’s true self is to see them in combat.  As such their martial arts are extensions of these thoughts; caring little about simply wounding their opponents they seek to maim and kill.  Their fights are brutal, fast, and, in their simplicity, beautiful.  They use their claws to their full advantage, often following a slash with their ichyti with a rake of their claws.  They also hold none of the taboos that more ‘civilized’ peoples have about chivilry, this is why they are called barbarians.  They simply have no belief that a fight can ever be fair, and so don’t care one way or the other.  If you fall and fail to get up immediatly they will show you no mercy, you’re too weak to survive anyway.

However, they don’t believe in the use of long range weaponry.  They view it as cowardly, a sin in the eyes of Yr, to not be able to look in your enemy’s eyes as he dies.  They are often offended by the mere mention of archers, and woe onto the fool who walks into a Kazi camp with a bow on his back.

So too they treat backstabbers.  If it is done in combat, the person turned his back to you, then it is fine.  Yr congratulates you on your victory.  But, if it is done from the shadows, like a coward, then it is one of the lowest crimes that the Kazi know of.

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Voted Cheka Man
January 31, 2006, 22:23
What about the peredators that have the names of Italien chocolates?
January 31, 2006, 22:54
They don't believe in fighting fair, but they think archery to be cowardly? To quote an Italian proverb, the Best Armor is to be out of range.
February 1, 2006, 16:56
Okay, I worded that badly. They don't fight by the same rules as everyone else does. Where other cultures would view it as taboo to attack a ma when hes down, chivilry after all, they view the act of falling down as a weakness, and as such it must be cleansed (ie killed). Insetead of chivilry they think that if you can't see the fear in your enemy's eyes you are commiting a sin. That's why they ahbor backstabbing and ranged weaponry, they're sign of the heathens and their god's.

When my current deluge of ideas is done Ill go back and fix as many of hese minor inconsistencies as I can. As it is I have about 15 ideas backed up into my head tha Im sturggling to get on paper/make presentable.
January 31, 2006, 22:54
Only voted
Voted Dragon Lord
February 1, 2006, 9:51
Ignoring for a moment the inconsistency regarding the use of missile weapons (so eloquently pointed out by Scras), this is actually quite good. With only two simple weapons you have managed to hint an entire culture.

Would give it 4 but -1/2 because the missile use inconsistency irks me somewhat - so 3½ / 5
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
February 7, 2006, 10:54
Weapons are awesome for sketching out a culture. I think this was handled rather nicely +above.
Looking forward to more of this.
March 21, 2006, 23:46
Updated: I hope that covers all the discrepancies...
March 22, 2006, 15:55
A treat a treat! How rare it is for a submission to be edited to answer discrepancies. The rewrite of the Kazi's personal view of missle weapons, as well as backstabbing and assassination work well with their basic concept.

Yr sees you.
Voted Scrasamax
March 22, 2006, 15:56
updated vote
Voted Murometz
May 21, 2006, 23:35
Love the detail P!
Voted valadaar
January 15, 2016, 12:09
Good detail, but I can't see an entire race/tribe that shuns missile weapons faring well against one that does.
Voted Roack
November 16, 2016, 17:52
Names in constructed languages: Check
Things made out of animal parts: Check
References to a wider universe: Check
Detailed cultural integration: Check

This pushes a lot of really good buttons for me. Other than a few grammatical errors which don't seriously effect readability, it's all around solid. I would love to see more weapons, personally, but these two and their uses are quite detailed.

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