Weapons of Inzeladun
(These are in addition to those found in PHB)
Warsword: A classic straight blade of Drychtnothian manufacture. It is heavier than the standard longsword, and a bit longer. It is extremely difficult to make, and owning one is a badge of honor among soldiers and warriors. It is a large martial weapon.
Assegai: The weapon of the zulu like warriors of Bakari, Mbakanae, and Hrothton. Known to them as an iXwa, it is a short stabbing spear that was kept so sharp that it was used for shaving. The Assegai was usually used in conjuction with a shield, but can be wielded with two hands if one wanted too. It is a medium simple weapon.
Jambiya: A heavy dagger, the jambiya has a slightly curved blade similar to a kukri but with a more gradual curve. However, jambiya have a narrow central rib along the blade, rather than a blood groove or flat metal. They are sharpened along both blade edges, and some wielders even sharpen the central rib (though that leads to some weakening of the blade and no noticeable increase in damage). Given its curve and weighting, jambiya cannot be effectively thrown like other daggers.
Masterwork jamibya contain silver koftgari decorations, made by engraving the metal blade with crosshatching, then hammering silver plate or tape into the rough areas and forming the decorations. The hilts and scabbards are often composed of heavily decorated metal as well, though equally common are wooden or flat metal hilts of a more utilitarian nature. Simpler versions of the weapon are more common (90 percent of all jambiya) and contain carvings and acid marks instead of the silver inlay.
Jambiya can most likely be found upon the persons trading or living in southern or eastern exotic lands. There, they are as common as daggers and knives are in standard settings, and their prices drop accordingly, though the price noted below indicates the weapons’ cost outside their usual home. Still, they are not so rare that one cannot purchase numbers of them at once if one so chooses. Given their unfamiliar but effective shape, jambiya could easily be carried for show as elaborately decorated daggers. Depending on their level of decoration or what precious metals are used to decorate the blade and the scabbard, jambiya also make excellent exotic pieces of treasure without being relegated to the relative uselessness of strictly ceremonial items. They also could be purchased by groups to use as a trademark: Imagine an assassins’ group whose members are identified only by their choice of weapon -- the jambiya.
Pilam: When Swords wouldn’t do, Ingaran soldiers rely on their pilum, which was a long spear, or javelin. There were two types: thick and thin. The thin one had a long iron head, that fit to the long handle by way of a socket. The thin pilum was about 2 m long, with a barbed point. The thick pilum was of similar length, and was attached to the shaft with a 5 cm wide tang. The tip of both of these weapons had a pyramid-shaped barb. The shaft of both was about 7.5 mm in diameter. On the thick pilum was a wooden block to secure the metal head. The block also protected the hand in melee fighting. Soldiers carried both types of spear.
Later versions of the pilum in the first century were constructed similarly, but the thick pila were much lighter, weighing in at about 2kg. This lightening of the pilum led to the introduction of a version of the heavy pilum with a weighted ball at the top of the shaft, to help balance the spear. The point was made of softer iron so that it would bend upon impact, because many of the weapons were being thrown back by the enemy.
The pilum could either be thrown, or used in hand to hand combat. It was usually thrown before engaging the enemy with swords.
|Warsword||300 gp||1d10||x2||N/A||6 lbs||Slashing|
|Assegai||2 gp||1d10||x3||10 ft||1 lb||Piercing|
|Jambiya||6 gp||1d4||x3||N/A||2 lbs||Slashing|
|Pilam (thin)||2 gp||1d6||x3||30 ft||1 lb||Piercing|
|Pilam (thick)||4 gp||1d8||x2||20 ft||2 lbs||Piercing|
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