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A broadsword is defined as a broad bladed dual-edged sword. Broadswords are generally about 42 inches long with a blade over one and a half inches wide. Broadswords are designed to slash an unarmored target or to bludgeon armored opponents.


The broadsword consists of two main parts, the blade and the hilt.

  • Blade
The blade consists of a foible and a forte. Sometimes a fuller (sometimes, inaccurately, called a blood groove) will run along the length of the blade, usually ending half way down the foible, though the fuller is not as common on broadswords as other types of swords due to the reduction in weight. The foible also contains the tip. When constructing the blade, a tang (fifth definition) usually extends into the hilt.
  • Hilt
The hilt is made up of three parts: the quillions or guard, the grip, and the pommel. The guard and grip fit over the tang, and the pommel was usually attached to the tang to hold the quillions and handle in place. The pommel also acted as a counterweight to the blade.

Other Names

Acceptable terms for a broadsword include: carp’s tongue, carp’s-tongue, flyssa, goliah, katzbalger, kurzsax, machera, palache, schiavona, seax, spadroon, spatha, talon sword, and xiphos.

Game Mechanics

Broadswords are on the high end of the damaging weapons in the Edged Weapons skill.

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
Broadsword DF .450 .300 .250 .225 .200 5 4 Slash/Puncture/Crush 75/160
AvD 36 36 35 34 33 36 34 32 30 37 33 29 25 36 30 24 18

The standard broadsword has a weight of 5 lbs.

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

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