The bastard sword, often called a hand-and-a-half sword, 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.)
- Cresset sword
- Espadon - The espadon is a Spanish heavy two-handed, dual-edged sword. It was often used by foot-soldiers and executioners.
|Weapon||AG||Cloth||Leather||Scale||Chain||Plate||RT||Min RT||Damage Type||STR/DU|
|Bastard sword, two-handed||DF||.550||.400||.375||.300||.225||6||5||Slash/Crush||75/200|
The standard bastard sword has a weight of 9 lbs.
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.
>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.