There are two types of whip-blades in GemStone IV, the type initially released is a rapier-based weapon, however, later whip-blades were released as their own weapon type. What is known about the whip-blade weapon type is that it is primarily a slashing weapon (where the rapier-based whip-blades are piercing weapons) and only one whip-blade can be used in TWC at a time. The Dhe'nar culture of dark elves have documentation stating that a whip-blade is similar to a longsword, except the blade has large serrations making the weapon lethal against opponents wearing light or no armor, while being ineffective against opponents wearing platemail. The whip-blade base, however, is believed to be similar to a whip but with razor-like blades set along the flexable whip.
From Noishorah.com: "It was a weapon with slits in it, giving it little weight and making it easy to swing. Used against lighter armed opponents to simply knock away weapons with a flick of the wrist, while a similar flick could part a man with his internals."
The whip-blade requires training in Edged Weapons to use effectively.
This table refers to the whip-like version of the whip-blade. See the article on rapiers for the older type of whip-blade.
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