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Brawling Weapons

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The most basic form of combat, perhaps, involves the use one's own hands. The primary weapon used in brawling is a person's closed fist. To this many fighters choose to add support in the way of brawling weapons. For the most part they are used to reinforce the punch of a man's fist, but many devices have been used to further increase the lethality of a blow.

Closed Fist Katar
Blackjack Knuckle-blade
Cestus Knuckle-duster
Fist-scythe Razorpaw
Hook-knife Tiger-claw
Jackblade Troll-claw
Paingrip Yierka-spur
Sai  
 
The Closed Fist
 
Other names: none
Damage type: slash, crush
Description: The most reliable weapons available, your hands are always there when you need them (provided you make regular visits to an Empath).
Base DU/ST: N/A
Base Speed: +1
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
25 20 19 18 17 10 8 6 4 5 1 –3 –7 –5 –11 –17 –23

Blackjack
 
Other names: sap
Damage type: crush
Description: A usually lead-filled leather sack designed for incapacitating a victim rather than killing them.
Base DU/ST: 80/50
Base Speed: +1
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
40 35 34 33 32 25 23 21 19 15 11 7 3 0 –6 –12 –18

Cestus
 
Other names: none
Damage type: crush
Description: Studded leather hand wrappings used as a primitive and somewhat more lethal precursor to modern day boxing gloves.
Base DU/ST: 80/50
Base Speed: +1
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
40 30 29 28 27 20 18 16 14 10 6 2 –2 –25 –31 –37 –43

Fist-scythe
 
Other names: none
Damage type: slash, puncture, crush
Description: Resembling an elongated sickle blade more so than a scythe, the fist-scythe is commonly produced with a thickening of the blade towards the point, resulting in a less nimble weapon, but one which packs a more effective impact for its size. Constructed in this way, the weight distribution necessitates a fighting style which employs more chopping-style attacks and can result in either a cutting action from the blade's leading edge, or a stabbing impact if the point of the weapon is brought to bear.
Base DU/ST: 185/70
Base Speed: +3
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
45 40 39 38 37 30 28 26 24 37 33 29 25 20 14 8 2

Hook-knife
 
Other names: none
Damage type: slash, puncture
Description: Sporting a rapidly tapering blade that is wide at its base and usually quite thin in cross-section, the blade extends two-to-three inches before bending sharply 90 degrees and tapering quickly to a point. Seen most often in "sporting" pits in waterfront dives, the weapon is used almost exclusively in a slashing type of attack.
Base DU/ST: 100/30
Base Speed: +1
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
40 30 29 28 27 18 16 14 12 10 6 2 –2 –15 –21 –27 –33

Jackblade
 
Other names: none
Damage type: slash, crush
Description: Constructed as an oversized and elongated blackjack with one or two shallow blades protruding across the "head" of the weapon, the jackblade can be used as either a slashing or impact weapon. More flexible than a blackjack, and sometimes lengthened by the addition of thick leather straps, the jackblade is often employed in two-weapon combat. Masters of the weapon use a rotation of the wrist to keep the weapons in a constant blur of motion, snapping the weapon forward to inflict shallow gashes on the limbs or faces of their targets.
Base DU/ST: 90/60
Base Speed: +2
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
45 35 34 33 32 25 23 21 19 20 16 12 8 10 4 –2 –8

Paingrip
 
Other names: none
Damage type: puncture, slash, crush
Description: Leather gloves set with inch-long spikes on the inside of the hand rather than the back. Designed for open-handed attacks, but most effective when employed to grasp an opponent, then clench the hand in order to drive the spikes into the victim.
Base DU/ST: 80/50
Base Speed: +1
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
40 20 19 18 17 15 13 11 9 15 11 7 3 –25 –31 –37 –43

Katar

 
Other names: manople, gauntlet-sword
Damage type: puncture, slash
Description: Unique in their construction, in that the handle of the weapon was built at right angles to the blade, the katar was a thrusting blade with a blade designed to penetrate armor, specifically chain mail. The handle was made up of two parallel bars connected by two or more crosspieces, one of which is at the end of the side bars and is fastened to the blade. The blades are always double-edged and generally straight.

The katar will require both brawling and one-handed edged skill.

Base DU/ST: 175/70
Base Speed: +3
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
30 32 31 30 29 40 38 36 34 45 41 37 33 40 34 28 22

Knuckle-blade
 
Other names: none
Damage type: slash, crush
Description:

Essentially, a knuckle-duster with a thin, two- to
three-inch deep blade that runs across the knuckles and is employed most often in a slashing attack. Versions mounting a thicker blade can also be used with a punching motion.

Base DU/ST: 195/18
Base Speed: +1
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
45 40 39 38 37 25 23 21 19 25 21 17 13 0 –6 –12 –18

Knuckle-duster
 
Other names: none
Damage type: crush
Description: Also known as brass knuckles, the knuckle-duster is designed to lend weight and a higher level of lethality to fist attacks.
Base DU/ST: 199/18
Base Speed: +1
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
35 32 31 30 29 25 23 21 19 18 14 10 6 0 –6 –12 –18

Razorpaw
 
Other names: none
Damage type: slash
Description: Similar to the paingrip, but employing thin blades on the inside of the hand along each finger. Designed for open-handed "slapping" attacks, the blades are usually thin enough that clenching the hand will break off one or more of the blades. Employed most often by "enforcers" of various clandestine organizations when disfigurement, rather than death, is the desired result.
Base DU/ST: 80/40
Base Speed: +1
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
35 20 19 18 17 10 8 6 4 0 –4 –8 –12 –25 –31 –37 –43

Tiger Claw
 
Other names: none
Damage type: slash, crush
Description: The tiger-claw is similar to the knuckle-duster but includes the addition of four large spikes - one at each knuckle.
Base DU/ST: 165/18
Base Speed: +1
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
40 25 24 23 23 15 13 11 9 5 1 –3 –7 –25 –31 –37 –43

Troll-claw

 
Other names: none
Damage type: slash, crush
Description: A larger, heavier version of the tiger-claw, the troll-claw is usually constructed with longer, heavier claws sometimes reaching lengths in excess of six inches. Given the weight of the blades, and the need for carry-through to lend inertia to the weapon's impact, the troll-claw is often built with parallel braces which run along the wielder's forearm. Although able to do effective damage against heavier armor classes, the troll-claw is substantially slower than the tiger-claw and is still only marginally effective against plate.
Base DU/ST: 185/60
Base Speed: +2
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
45 35 34 33 32 25 23 21 19 25 21 17 13 15 9 3 –3

Yierka-spur
 
Other names: none
Damage type: puncture, slash, crush
Description: Ostensibly evolved from the foot gear of Sea of Fire nomads, the yierka-spur is essentially a knuckle-duster mounted with from one to three spikes, which can range up to several inches in length. Although the weapon can be used in slashing attacks with limited effectiveness, it is primarily designed as a punching weapon.
Base DU/ST: 185/18
Base Speed: +1
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
40 35 34 33 32 25 23 21 19 30 26 22 18 0 –6 –12 –18

Sai
 
Other names: jitte
Damage type: puncture
Description: This weapon first came into existence as a farm tool used to measure the distance between seeds in a crop and to plant the crop itself (poking the tip into the ground). After years of tough times experienced by farmers, the sai evolved into a handy weapon used to trap and disarm swordsmen.
Base DU/ST: 175/25
Base Speed: +2
 
Attack vs. Defense:
None Leather Scale Chain Plate
1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
30 31 30 29 28 25 23 21 19 33 29 25 21 6 0 –6 –12

 



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