Bastard sword

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The bastard sword, often called a hand-and-a-half sword[1], is a weapon that is large enough to be used with both hands, but small enough to be effectively used in a single hand. The bastard sword is similar in construction to the broadsword, except with a longer, heavier blade, and a lengthened handle that can easily accommodate two hands.

Switching between one-handed and two-handed requires the use of the GRIP verb. To use the weapon one-handed, the character only needs to train in Edged Weapons; to use the weapon with a two-handed grip, only Two-Handed Weapons skill is needed. (This is in contrast to the katana, which when wielded one-handed requires training in both Edged Weapons and Two-Handed Weapons.)

Other Names

  • Cresset sword
  • Espadon - The espadon is a Spanish heavy two-handed, dual-edged sword. It was often used by foot-soldiers and executioners[2].
  • Warsword

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
Bastard sword DF .450 .325 .275 .250 .180 6 5 Slash/Crush 75/200
AvD 30 31 30 29 28 31 29 27 25 32 28 24 20 31 25 19 13
Bastard sword, two-handed DF .550 .400 .375 .300 .225 6 5 Slash/Crush 75/200
AvD 42 45 44 43 42 41 39 37 35 44 40 36 32 43 37 31 25

The standard bastard sword has a weight of 9 lbs.

Note: To edit this table go to Template:Weapon table bastard sword or Template:Weapon table bastard sword 2

Old Style

Before the unique class of bastard swords were released there were a number of bastard swords released which are now called "old style" bastard swords. They were a special scripted weapon that switched between the greatsword class when held two handed and broad sword class when held one handed. If the GRIP verb is used on them they are automatically converted into new style bastard swords. When retrieved from a container you use the GET and the sword defaults to a two handed grip, the PUT verb is used once to change the sword to a one handed style and a second time to place it in your container.

Example text:

>get bastardsword
You remove a veniom-hilted bastardsword from in your alabaster surcoat.
>put bastardsword in my surcoat
You grip the veniom-hilted bastardsword with one hand.
>put bastardsword in my surcoat
You put a veniom-hilted bastardsword in your alabaster surcoat.

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