buying a sword

Sword Fighting for Fic Writers: Chapter 12

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Available Chapters:
1: Dumb Ways to Die  2.May Your Blade Be True! 3.On Your Guard!
4. Making the Cut 5.Stick ‘em With the Pointy End 6. It’s Like a Dance
7. The Measure of A Man 8.A Crossing of Blades 9.Like Chess, but with Knives
An Interlude About Story Telling
10. You Can Barely Lift Your Sword 11.Buckle Some Swash 12.Dual Wielding
13.Everything is a Weapon 14.Got Your Sword!

Dual Wielding
Fighting with Two Swords or an Offhand Dagger

Fighting with a dagger in the offhand instead of a shield was a common practice. A long dagger made an excellent tool for catching the opponent’s weapon while attacking with your own. While attacks were made with the dagger, it’s greatest benefit was as a defensive tool.

Here the dagger is being used to restrain the attacker’s weapon (note: The big guy’s sword is pointed away from the dagger guy. Again, the problem with flat images and flat swords is swords tend to disappear in perspective. My apologies for the unclear drawing.) The dagger user is now free to attack with their sword in their next action.

I have more experience with double swords so we’ll be talking mostly about that now. We both know that’s why you’re reading this chapter anyways.

Two Swords are used like off-sync partners, with one movement slightly behind the other while they’re in motion. One might temporarily stay still to cover a line while the other attacks, but you’re not going to be fighting two battles at once except for in exaggerated cartoon circumstances. We’ll talk about fighting multiple opponents in “I’ll Take You All On” (chapter coming soon)

As an example, if two downward cutting attacks are being used, what this off sync movement achieves is that as the first sword finishes it’s blow, it deals with the opponent’s weapon. The second sword is a split second behind the first, and now has a clear path to finish it’s blow. The first sword continues to restrain the opponent’s weapon.

In one pattern of attack, the lower sword begins with a thrust, forcing a defence from the opponent then the upper sword begins it’s preparation. The lower sword then follows and does it’s own cut ending as the new top sword. Beginning with the thrust provokes a reaction from the defender and buys time for the first sword to swing back in preparation while the attacker remains covered.

When defending with two swords you can use any of your usual defences as outlined in “A Crossing of Blades” but you need to be careful that you’re not criss crossing your arms and getting tangled up. That’s another reason for the off sync movements. If they follow their patterns and both do the same action, the arms will stay untangled.

Crossing the blades to collect the attacker’s sword is one of the coolest looking defences you can do with two weapons. This one also works well with a dagger in the offhand.


Things get more complicated when both opponents are dual wielding. Now each opponent can restrain with one sword and attack with the other. Even so, they’ll still be following those same slightly out of sync patterns. 

It might feel like we can do two things at once, but really we’re just switching quickly between two tasks. It’s better to have two swords working towards one goal then trying to have them both achieve two different things.

Often in one action you’ll still be catching both of your opponent’s swords in the defence.

I’m not feeling ambitious enough to try breaking down two dual wielding fighters anymore than that though, so we’ll leave off here. In the next chapter we’ll look into things you can do with a free hand that’s not holding anything.

Story Shard 376

“I hate Halloween. Instead of dressing up and getting free candy and cavaties, I have to grab bottles of sacred water and a blessed sword and go make sure the barriers between our world and another remain as they are. Every year. The same thing. Dammit I want candy.”

“I will buy you 100 bucks worth of candy if you will just shut up.”

The second-best thing to see at the con today:

A little girl in a pale purple princess dress eagerly telling her father that she wants to buy a Wonder Woman sword. Dad said no, not right now, and then they moved on.

The best thing to see at the con today:

The same little girl walking happily around the con with both the Wonder Woman sword and the Wonder Woman shield.

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British Pattern 1892 Infantry Officer’s Sword

Retailed by Pearse & Co. 33 in., etched with VR cyper and a personal monogram (possibly ‘A.P.’) within panels, gilt brass 'gothic’ hilt, later sword knot, steel scabbard.  

The Pattern 1892 Infantry Officer’s Sword is one of the most rare of the regulation pattern officers’ swords. The Pattern 1892 is really just a new thrusting blade which replaced the “Wilkinson” blade introduced in 1845, but the hilt is the same gilt-brass “Gothic” hilt that had long been the regulation pattern for infantry officers. In 1895 a new hilt was introduced which featured a pierced steel bowl guard, therefore the P1892 was only around for about 3 years. When officers were obliged to carry the new P1895, they could either buy an entirely new sword, or save some money and simply replace the old brass hilt with the new steel hilt. So some P1895s (and P1897s) began life as P1845s, P1854s, or P1892s, but were altered to conform to the 1895 or 1897 regulations. All of this means that there are now very few P1892s available to collectors. The example above is in stunning condition!

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AU where Alpha Dave buys a cursed sword on ebay and has to deal with an angry ghost who claims to be his alternate universe brother and wants him to kill the troll empress.

(part one?? I’ve been thinking about it for two weeks and I want to draw a lot more :x)

Drawn for stridercestsecretsanta - Merry Christmas knightofrhyme!

Worldbuilding: Economy and Trade

Money makes the world go ‘round.  That’s what they say, anyways.  Still, the economy is an important part of culture and figuring out how buying and selling in your world works helps you figure out just how easily your character can buy that sword he or she has always wanted.
In this post, I’ve compiled a list of questions pertaining to economy and trade.  This list is by no means exhaustive; however, the hope is that it will get you started on building the trade system in your world or culture.

Get as detailed as possible and ask questions not on this list, but remember to have fun.

The questions compiled are inspired, taken, modified, or edited from three forums on the NaNoWriMo website: Respond, Answer, Ask 2016 Worldbuilding, Respond, Answer, Ask, 2016 Fantasy, and Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions. 

What is the main monetary system?
Do they have cash?  Do they use credits?  Does money not exist and they get what they need by trading what they have?

What is the economy like?
Booming? Failing?  What kind of economy is in place?

What are the well known trade routes?
Are they given names?  Well guarded?  Or is every man for himself?  Do bandits frequent those roads?

What are the common imports?
Apples? Potatoes?  Gold?  Diamonds?  Magic dust?

Which imports are considered a luxury?
Oranges?  The fancy dresses that seamstresses in town couldn’t replicate?  Silk?

What are considered to be valuable trade items?
Anything people would put high value in.  Whether it’s swan feather pillows, fur lined boots, or pieces of jewelry made by a certain creator.

What are common exports?
Something the town makes and sends off.  Perhaps they specialize in peanuts.  Or sugar.  Maybe it’s a certain kind of wood.

How are the imports and exports moved?
Trucks?  Oxen and big carts?  Rivers? Dragons?  Is magic involved?

Who trades with whom?
Who trades with whom definitely affects what people might have.  What if one country isn’t talking with another?  Are there countries that are banned from trading with each other?  Are items smuggled in these cases?

What are the items and supplies that are easiest to access?
Anyone can buy a rake.  Or perhaps that book no one wants.  Or milk.

What are the items and supplies that are hardest to access?
Maybe it’s harder to buy a weapon.  Or wands.  Perhaps there are heavy regulations on certain items.  If that is the case, why is it so?  What caused the government or the town to place such heavy restrictions on those items?

How has magic affected the trade system?
Does it help cons duplicate valuables and sell unwitting people knock-offs?  Is magic used to catch counterfeits?  Is magic allowed in the world of trade?

1010 headcanon aka all my lady ninjas deserved better

disclaimer: i am a Fake naruto fan. i’ve read only, like, the first third of the manga and only ever watched the odd clip or episode of the anime. i am vaguely aware that there are novels. i mostly hang out here because i think my friends are great and and i really love the idea.

in other words, i give absolutely Zero Fucks about the ending.

doesn’t mean that i don’t want to fix it sometimes.

all of this long unnecessary intro to say:

the reason tenten’s weapon shop isn’t making any money is because she REFUSES TO SELL TO ANYBODY.

oh, she sells kunai and other basic shit.

but you, newly promoted chūnin with dreams of glory? you want to buy that giant sword over there?

she doesn’t fucking think so.

tenten is very protective of her weapons and her customers, and will only ever make a sale if the fit between the two is right.

so she asks questions about fighting styles, experience, horoscope, teams, EVERYTHING.

and then tries to sell the weapon the person needs. not the one they think they want. (they’re almost always wrong.)

needless to say, not a lot of fifteen year old boys want to be told what to do.

her only customers are repeat customers.

somewhere in konoha, a young girl who listened and bought a naginata instead of the ninjatō she went in for is burning incense in thanks. she’s still alive and so is her teammate thanks to the longer reach of the pole arm and four months spent drilling with the weapon she never knew she needed.