Backsword

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Backsword
The term backsword is used to define a single-edged sword that is thickest on the back of the blade. While this definition fits many weapon types in GemStone, the backsword evolved into its own base.

For the purposes of GemStone IV, it is a combination of a broadsword and a scimitar, being single-edged and slightly curved, like a scimitar, but thick like a broadsword. The weapon, due to its thickness, is effective at crushing armor, but is also effective when used to slash or thrust at the enemy. This is an ideal weapon for someone who uses the combat maneuver, precision (although, a broadsword would be more effective against an opponent wearing plate armor, however, the backsword is superior to a broadsword in all other cases).

Alternate Names

  • Mortuary sword
  • Riding sword
  • Sidesword

Game Mechanics

Weapon AG Cloth Leather Scale Chain Plate RT Min RT Damage Type STR/DU
AsG 1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Backsword DF .440 .310 .225 .240 .150 5 5 Slash/Puncture/Crush 75/160
AvD 38 38 37 36 35 34 32 30 28 38 34 30 26 34 28 22 16

Note: To edit this table go to Template:Weapon table backsword

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