what are their rules on spear construction?
On Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM, Gavin Lusk <oval.one@...> wrote:
> For those who are following and participating in our long-hafted weapons
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> From: Eyrny <rapier@...>
> Date: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 2:59 PM
> Subject: [krms] Spear Report from Caid
> To: KRM list <krms@...>, donpieter@...
> Spears have been a hot topic of late. The Caid experiment with Alchem
> blades is nearly at it's end, the following report shows the current
> state of affairs:
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> Date: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:33 PM
> Spear report:
> After one year seven (7) fighters have successfully completed the
> authorization process and three (3) have begun the process, but have
> not completed it. (And three were grandfathered in.)
> The multi-step process, though long, seems to assure that fighters can
> demonstrate adequate control over the weapon in a melee situation.
> Initially we started with one marshal watching two specific fighters,
> but the nature of melee combat necessitated changing to a quadrant
> system. We still need one spear marshal for two authorizing fighters,
> but each one watches a specific area, or team rather than specific
> fighters since individuals often move about so both can not be in one
> person’s line-of-sight.
> In addition to marshaling for hand potions/control and calibration,
> marshals also had to keep an eye on “dead” spearmen. To prevent a
> fighter attempting to swing a pole-arm around a battle field to make
> it horizontal, as one would with a sword; we established the “dead
> spearman” pose where one hold the spear vertical with one hand and
> places the other hand on top of the head. This makes it clear to all
> fighters that the spearman is not a valid combatant and keeps the
> spear from harming others as they move about.
> In a similar manner, by overwhelming majority it was decided that one
> should not be permitted to use a spear from the ground if one is
> legged. The angles of attack and the location of the haft is too much
> of a hazard to make this a viable option. If the fighter has a sword
> handy, they may lay the spear at their side and continue with the
> sword, or, more likely, they will have to leave the combat area if
> they are legged. (They aren’t dead, so they don’t have to leave the
> field, but they must keep the potential hazard out of the way.)
> As before, spears are a more welcome addition to melees than not, and
> while they require more attention and control, the long authorization
> process enforces that in potential spear fighters. Each one is taught
> counter-leverage to force the “blade” to flex, potentially damping
> harder thrusts and how to keep both hands on the weapon to avoid “pool
> cutting” or “throwing.” Earlier in the year we even lined up fighters
> who have never felt a spear blow for calibrations tests, so everyone
> would know what they feel like. We found this necessary since, like
> RBGs, spears can land without the recipient being aware, so the shot
> might not register properly.
> We will perform a final data collection at the collegium in April, and
> submit a report as soon as that data can be organized. We hope that
> spears can be accepted as a melee weapon with the current
> authorization process in time for the Potrero War at the end of May.
> If you approve, I hope to get a formal structure written down for your
> formal approval.
> Thanks for your patience!
> In Service,
> Alexander Kallidokos
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