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Okay...what is that weapon? 
26th-Aug-2009 03:05 pm
So we have an upcoming "Rotating DM" game coming up (Rotating DM: Where the players each take turns acting as DM for the night, with their character either temporarily becoming an NPC or phasing out while the previous DM's character phases in), and I want to play the son of my 2nd edition rogue, and like his father, he hails from a nomadic desert tribe. Also like his father, I want him to use middle eastern weaponry.

I'm looking for the name of the scimitar-looking weapon that is much larger and meant for two hands (a larger, two-handed version of THIS). If I recall correctly, the palace guards from Disney's Aladdin use them. I'm going with "Falchion" for now, since that seems the most similar.
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26th-Aug-2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Falchion is correct.

-The Gneech
26th-Aug-2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
It is often hard to find exact matches between real-world and D&D swords due to the fact that there was an extreme variation in designs and the titles we use are simply generalizations.

The word "scimitar" best evokes the distinctive shape of the weapon that you wish to wield. There absolutely were oversized, two-handed scimitars. (A Falchion is similiar in that it's a single-edged slashing weapon, but it tends to lack the iconic shape.) In my opinion, call your weapon a Two-Handed Scimitar and pick a 2-handed weapon with stats you like and use those numbers.

Also, if you want another idea for a cool-looking sword, check out the Khopesh.

27th-Aug-2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
> ...
> It is often hard to find exact matches between real-world and D&D swords
> due to the fact that there was an extreme variation in designs and the
> titles we use are simply generalizations.
> ...

Indeed, and I might add that the illustrators for the Player's Handbook seem to have gone far out of their way to avoid depicting anything even remotely historic. All of the drawings on the armor and weapons pages look like rejects from the Xena and Hercules prop room.

A little searching on-line will turn up plenty of photos and drawings of real weapons, all of which (in my opinion) look far more handsome and deadly than the cheap pictures in the PHB.
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27th-Aug-2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
If only I had that book *sniffle*. Ah well, what I have works fine.
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