Help: Weapon lance.txt
Weight: ~3-10 kg
Rank(s): 1st and 2nd row
The term "lance" originally referred to spears
wielded by footmen and cavalry. It eventually referred
only to cavalry spears.
Lance design varies between cultures and eras.
Generally, the lance is a long shaft of tough wood, usually
ash, with an iron head in the shape of a laurel or willow
leaf, with cutting edges and a sharp point meant to penetrate
Lances are meant to be gripped close to the bottom,
putting a great distance between the wielder and his target.
As a rule, the lance is aimed diagonally above the horse's
neck. The opponents face each other with their left sides
Along with almost any variety of sword, the lance is
considered the best offensive weapon for mounted soldiers.
Some knights carry a small fabric pennant affixed just below
the lance head. These pennants are either triangular or
square, and carry the colors or symbols of the knight's
family or liege.
In parades, lances are held vertically, with the butt
set in a stirrup or on the horseman's right thigh. On a march,
the lance is held across the shoulder, across the saddlebow,
or horizontally alongside the horse.
Through evolution, weaponsmiths sought to increase the
damage caused by the lance by making them heavier.
One of the biggest problems with using a lance is the
jarring impact on the user. In order to address this problem,
a thick leather ring called a graper is fitted to the shaft
just behind the wielder's hand. This acts as a stop against
the armpit, halting the lance's rearward motion upon impact.
Another important part of a lance is a rest. The rest
is a small, sometimes folding bracket fixed to the right side
of the knight's breastplate armor. The graper is leaned against
this rest when the lance is in use. The rest enables the knight
to get the maximum push from his lance, inflicting the most
Some skill(s) usable with the weapon:
Battlecry, impale, lure, mangle and polearms.
Javelin, short spear, harpoon, ranseur, boar spear, bardiche,
long spear, fauchard, trident, glaive, gisarme, pilum, pike,
voulge and halberd.
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