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Library: Blades in Real Life and Batmud: A Sharp Contrast

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Author: Harbinger
Date:Jun 26 1997

The blade systems of batmud are very complex, and in application are perfectly
useable.  However, the discriminating mudder may notice that there are some
real differences between the Batmud system and the actual dimentions and
characteristics of blades.
The most noteable contrast is in what is considered a long blade and short
blade.  The rapier, the (in Batmud) short blade The Lords of Chaos start with,
is in fact a very long, though slender blade, on average between 36 and 38
inches long, much longer  that a katana blade, which averages 27 to 28 inches
in lenght, but is considered on of the longer long blades in Batmud!  Another
annomaly I noticed was the status of a sai as a short blade, when sai were
farming tool and have no edge.  Sai are very unusual weapons, not particularly
good ones. x
Further differences include that a foil is considered a short blade.  A foil
is certainly not a short blade, being almost as long as a rapier(though for
some reason it is considered larger in Batmud)  and is certainly not a weapon
anyone would fight with,  being that a foil is for fencing and has no point or
edges!  This is a bit ludicris, but shovels should realy be polearms, not long
blades.  I also think, as I posted in news, that polearms should be useable,
with there normal deserved number of attacks  (2 for giants, 1 for other
races) not just polearm skills as is permitted now.  x
On a side note, I would like to state my position on mail (chain mail, as most
moderns seem to like to call it).  This form of armour is lightweight, the
shirt I own is 25 pounds (10 kg)  It has very good protection against any kind
of slashing or cutting , but very little against bashing or crushing damage. 
In the actual middle ages the ends of the wire rings that form the armour are
hammered flat, and have one or 2 rivits put into them, in the better suits. 
This gives at least mediocre protection  against stabbing.  The armour I link
and the cheaper armour of the day had no rivets, and thus had poor protection
against stabbing.


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