Friday, April 15, 2011

Mace - Not Just For Stalkers, "M"

Today we  explore the fascinating world of...
Medieval Weaponry - "M"!

For those of you who are not a Level 12 Paladin like myself, the weapons of yore may be a bit of a mystery. We shall remedy this forthright.

The Mace - Not the spray, the huge metal spiked ball. Used as a blunt force weapon in war, the head is radially symmetrical. This means that unlike the hammer, it can crack someone's noggin no matter what side you hit them with

In modern society, the mace is used by a band's drum major to signal marching changes...not so geeky now, are they?

The Scimitar - This apparently is not only popular with middle eastern warriors for its lightweight and ease of use against the enemy while riding horseback. Zombie Apocalypse experts agree its a must for fighting on crumbling staircases of abandoned buildings. Plus...I'd take any excuse to post pics of Jake Gyllenhaal.

The Misericorde Dagger (Mercy Giver) - Used to strike a mercy blow to a mortally wounded knight who might otherwise suffer a long and painful death. The thin blade fit between gaps between armour plates.

So now we have covered the cleaving weapons (mace), the swords (scimitar), and the knives. 

Stay tuned next week for spears, bows, and war animals!  This post has brought to you by the A-Z Blogging April Challenge. 

Now...Go Write! 


Trisha said...

I know the movie got some terrible reviews, and sometimes I think Jake G. is a bit of a knob in reality, but maaan I was a fan of that movie. :P

AllMyPosts said...

Wow!! You really know a lot about these weapons!! My goodness!! I too want to be a level 12 Paladin!!!

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Ann said...

Weapons of yore! The Misericorde Dagger aka the Mercy Giver is a new one to me. You learn something new everyday in this A-Z!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I own two scimitars! And are you a D&D geek, Raquel?

Donna Hole said...

Somehow I pictured you more as a Rogue - for sheer fun - or a Sorceress. But I can see Paladin too.

Just love to look at Jake . .

And medieval weapons. I like a well coreographed battle scene.

Great post Raquel :)


Anonymous said...

Yay for maces! I always love picking out old-fashioned weapons for fantasy characters.

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