Effects of Hidden Weapons

A sudden assault with an undetected weapon counts as a surprise attack (p. B393). When one weapon is merely hidden inside another, the target knows a weapon is present. On the turn the hidden weapon pops out, his first defense against it is at -2. In either case, defenses against attacks after the first aren't affected.

Knife-Wheel (p. 228) - China. A Slashing Wheel (p. 223) with knife blades protruding from either side. Traditionally used in pairs.

Knobbed Club (p. 226; illustration, p. 154) - Universal. A club with an enlarged striking head, such as the knobkerrie.

Kontos - Ancient Greece. A Heavy Spear (p. 229).

Krabi - Thailand. A light, curved sword with a long handle. Treat as a Saber (p. B273).

Kris - Indonesia. A wavy-bladed knife of any size, believed by some to possess magical powers. The blade is slotted loosely into the handle, which is usually curved; quality is often cheap. Treat as a Small Knife (p. B272), Large Knife (p. B272), or Long Knife (p. 228-229), as appropriate. Not balanced for throwing.

Kukri (p. 228; illustration, p. 255) - Nepal. A heavy chopping blade, curved to a 45° angle in the middle. The listed kukri is knife-sized; treat a larger one as a Small Falchion (p. 229) or even a Falchion (p. 229). Modern kukris are often made from truck springs - even fine and very fine examples!

Kusari (p. B272) - Japan. A chain weighted at both ends, also called a "kusarifundo" or "manrikigusari" ("ten-thousand-power chain"). It's possible to "snap" a kusari at the foe end-first. Damage becomes thrust crushing, but the attack avoids two of the drawbacks on p. B406: it works even in close quarters and has no chance of hitting you in the face on a critical miss.

Kusarigama (p. 228; illustration, p. 124) - Japan. A kama (Sickle, p. 226) with a two-yard Kusari (p. B272) attached to the handle's butt. Requires a hand on the handle and a hand on the chain, and counts as a weapon in either hand. The wielder snares the enemy with the kusari using Entangle (p. 71) and then finishes him with the kama. Treat these as normal kusari and kama attacks, but use the first line of kusarigama statistics for the two-yard kusari. Cinematic warriors sometimes swing the kama by the chain, like an edged flail - the second line represents this

- but the GM may forbid this in a realistic game. Some versions affix a four-yard kusari to the butt (see Combination Weapons, p. 214) or a two-yard kusari atop the handle, opposite the blade (permits one-handed use but counts as only one weapon, either a kusari or a kama

- choose each turn).

Kusarijutte (p. 228) - Japan. A Jutte

(pp. 227-228) with a two-yard KUSARI (p. B272) attached to the handle. one hand goes on the handle, the other on the chain. Use the standard jutte and kusari rules, except that the short kusari uses the statistics listed for the kusarijutte. Some versions hide the kusari inside the jutte and release it out the tip of the weapon - see Combination Weapons (p. 214) and Disguised Weapons (p. 218).

Lajatang (p. 229) - Indonesia. A polearm with crescent-shaped blades on both ends.

Lance (p. B272) - Europe. "Lance" loosely describes any long spear, but the Basic Set weapon is a heavy spear Rapier

sturdy enough to deliver the energy of a horseman equipped with stirrups and a high-backed saddle. It usually has a grip and a handguard, unlike an infantry spear. Tournament lances are blunt and shatter on impact; see p. B397.

Lariat (p. B276) - Americas. A rope that ends in a loop tied with slipknot, traditionally used to capture horses and cattle without injury. For combat rules, see p. B411. Also known as a "lasso."

Liangtjat - Indonesia. A Wooden Stake (pp. B272, B276).

Life-Preserver (p. 227) - England. Slang term for a small truncheon, often one with an attached cord. Use the listed statistics when swinging it by the cord (the "traditional" target is the legs); otherwise, treat as a cheap-quality Blackjack (p. B271).

Light Club (p. B271) - Universal. Any balanced wooden club, whether a dedicated weapon (good quality or better) or a handy branch, table leg, etc. (cheap). A baseball bat isn't a light club but a Knobbed Club (p. 226).

Longsword (p. 227; illustration, p. 4) - Germany. A light Thrusting Bastard Sword (pp. B271, B274) designed for two-handed thrusting, often from a Defensive Grip (pp. 109-111). To facilitate this tactic, only the tip-most 6" of the blade was normally sharpened.

Mace (pp. 226, 231, B271, B276) - Universal. Any unbalanced, one-handed war club with a massive stone, wooden, or metal crushing head. The smooth-headed Round Mace (pp. 226, 231) is ancient, but modern martial artists still use "melon head hammers" and similar weapons (sometimes even in pairs, in Chinese styles). The standard Mace (pp. B271, B276), with flanges or spikes for bashing through plate armor, is a classic weapon of medieval Europe. Lighter versions - the Small Round Mace (pp. 226, 231) and Small Mace (pp. B271, B276) - are often backup weapons. A thrown mace is a deadly projectile; the attacker lobs it rather than hurling it in a straight line.

Machete - Universal. A chopping blade used to harvest fruit and clear brush. Treat as a Kukri (p. 228) or a Falchion (p. 229), depending on size - but it may little resemble either and is often cheap-quality.

Mae Sun-Sawk - Thailand. A side-handled club, typically used in pairs. Treat as a ToNFA (p. 226).

Main-Gauche (p. 228) - France, Italy. A stiff knife with a large basket hilt and broad crosspiece, designed primarily as a parrying weapon. used alongside a rapier. Not throwable.

Makhila (illustration, p. 114) - Basque. A gorgeous metal-shod cane. The heavy handgrip unscrews to reveal a spearhead. Treat as a Light Club (p. B271) if capped, a Javelin (pp. B273, B276) if uncapped. This presentation-quality disguised weapon costs $300, weighs 2.5 lbs.

Masakari - Japan. An Axe (p. B271). Less often, a Great Axe (p. B274).

Maul (p. B274) - Universal. A heavy, two-handed hammer.

Unorthodox Attacks

Often in fiction, and occasionally in reality, a warrior will be capable (or crazy!) enough to use a weapon in a way that it was never meant to be used.

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