jul-likes-magpies replied to your post: hi i was just wondering, where in the legendarium…
I always thought it was @tosquinha’s design that sort of started thos? And also I sort of imagined it to be possible because Zuko has dual swords in ATLA and cartoons can’t be wrong, rifht?? Right?? Especially ones with flying six legged bison!!
Ah, interesting! Tosquinha’s designs are gorgeous and that makes a lot of sense.
People definitely did dual wield! It just comes with a bucketload of caveats and was (to the best of my knowledge - my experience is all with European weaponry) more reserved for martial art forms than the actual battlefield.
With full-length swords, dual wielding would require a phenomenal amount of strength and coordination to strike with equivalent force to one sword held in two hands and to keep your blades from getting tangled up with each other. And if you use shorter swords to sidestep those issues, an opponent using a longer sword has a huge advantage, reach is all kinds of game-breaking.
I have no doubt at all that Zuko uses actual dao forms, the ATLA animators were awesome like that, but our boy is a phenomenal martial artist, doing the near impossible and making it look easy.