Designing the Perfect Weapon

There are several rules for modifying weapons. Use them all if you like! They apply in the following order:

1. Add accessories using Combination Weapons (p. 214). Record the new cost and weight.

2. Adjust quality using Weapons of Quality (p. 216). Modifiers apply to the total price of combination weapons, using the most expensive applicable type; e.g., a staff with a sickle is "other cutting melee weapons" and not "crushing-only melee weapons."

3. Conceal the weapon using Hidden Weapons (p. 218). Cost modifiers apply after changes for accessories and quality. Weight modifiers are cumulative with those for accessories.

Ngao - Thailand. A polearm tipped with a fork, spearhead, or long blade. Treat a forked ngao as a Trident (p. 229), a spear-tip ngao as a Spear (p. B273), and a bladed ngao as a Naginata (pp. B272-274).

Ninja-To - Japan. Also called a "ninjaken," this is a straight-bladed Shortsword (p. 223) associated with ninja. Reputable historians and hoplologists have found no straight-bladed Japanese swords older than the mid-20th century - but Ninjutsu stylists (see Ninja and Ninjutsu, p. 202) claim that the design is almost a thousand years old. In a cinematic game, it has a hollow sheath that works as a Blowpipe (p. B275) and snorkel.

Nodachi - Japan. A curved sword similar to the Katana (pp. B271, B274), but longer. Treat as a Thrusting Bastard Sword (pp. B271, B274) or a Thrusting Greatsword (p. B274), depending on size. Longer weapons existed but were strictly ceremonial.

Nunchaku (p. B272) - Okinawa. Popular fiction wrongly portrays this okinawan flail as a "ninja weapon." It consists of two lengths of wood linked by a chain or cord, the length of which varies but is usually short. Sometimes wielded in pairs.

Okusarigama - Japan. A large Scythe (p. B274) with a full-length Kusari (p. B272) mounted on the head; use Combination Weapons (p. 214) to work out statistics.

Users often plant the staff on the ground or against the body with one hand (takes a Ready maneuver but lowers the weapon's ST requirement by one) and swing the kusari with the other.

otta - India. An S-shaped club styled to resemble an elephant's tusk, traditionally held in a Defensive Grip (pp. 109-111). Treat as a Knobbed Club (p. 226).

Paku - Indonesia. A Wooden Stake (p. B276) used for throwing.

Panthiruchan - India. A Quarterstaff (pp. B273-274).

parang - Indonesia. A cleaver- or machete-type sword of Small Falchion (p. 227) to Falchion (p. 229) size.

Partisan - Europe. A spear with triangular spikes ("ears") at the base of a broad head. This prevents impaled foes from running themselves through to close with the wielder; see Holding a Foe at Bay (p. 106). Otherwise, treat as an unthrowable Spear (p. B273). Also called a "Bohemian ear-spoon."

Pedang - Indonesia. A Shortsword (p. B273).

Piau - Indonesia. A throwing blade. Treat as a Shuriken (p. B276).

Pick (p. B271) - Europe, Middle East. A one-handed war club with a beaked head mounted at right angles to the handle. It's designed to penetrate armor; the narrow tip removes -2 of the penalty for targeting chinks in armor (p. B400).

Pikestaff - England. The shaft of a long spear or pike, used as a fighting stick. Treat as a Long Staff (p. 230).

Pilum (illustration, p. 222) - Ancient Rome. Plural is "pila." A throwing spear. Its head has an unhardened iron portion that bends on a hit, preventing the enemy from hurling it back or easily removing it from a shield. If a thrown pilum hits, it becomes useless except as a staff until straightened. Should it strike a shield, footnote [4] under the Muscle-Powered Ranged Weapon Table (p. 232) applies. In either case, unbending the head requires a free hand and a foot, and takes three Ready maneuvers and a ST roll. Treat as a Spear (pp. B273, B276) in all other respects.

Pisau - Indonesia. A Small Knife (pp. B272, B276).

Plong - Thailand. A bamboo Quarterstaff (pp. B273-274).

Plumbata (p. 231) - Ancient Rome. A short javelin or "war dart" with a fletched wooden shaft. Part of the slender metal head is made of lead (plumbum, whence the weapon's name) that deforms on impact, fouling shields and making it a one-use weapon.

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