Bola

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The bola is a throwing weapon constructed by adding weights to the ends of interconnected ropes or cords. Originally designed to entangle the legs of farm animals it has proven to be effective against all manner of creatures.

Although there is no uniform design, most bolas have two or three balls, but there are versions of up to 8 or 9 balls. Some bolas have balls of equal weight, others vary the knot and cord. Gauchos use bolas made of braided leather cords with wooden balls or small leather sacks full of stones at the ends of the cords.

Depending on the exact design, the thrower grasps the bola either by one of the weights or by the nexus of the cords. He gives the balls momentum by swinging them and then releases the weapon, hurling it at the target.

Alternate Names

  • bolas
  • boleadoras
  • kurutai
  • weighted-cord

Game Mechanics

Use:

  • One-handed with the HURL verb when used as a throwing weapon.
  • Acts as a flail when used in melee combat and requires two-handed weapons training to be effective. The bola must be held with both hands to activate the two-handed weapon skill bonus.
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
Bola DF .205 .158 .107 .118 .067 5 3 Crush 12/75
AvD 25 20 19 18 17 30 28 26 24 25 21 17 13 35 29 23 17

The standard bola has a weight of 4 lbs.

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

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