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Re: [E_Rapier] Fwd: [krms] Spear Report from Caid

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  • John Enzinas
    what are their rules on spear construction? --g
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 5, 2013
      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
      > experiment.
      > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      > 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:
      > --------- Forwarded message ----------
      > 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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