the finished version of disappointing_your_abuela.jpeg, based off my favorite headcanon of Lance deciding to teach Keith a little Spanish, and suffering when Keith picks it up annoyingly well and looks up how to say some steamier things ;3c
(note that my Spanish is absolutely atrocious and if I screwed up feel free to send me a message and I’ll fix it.)
The country in my fantasy novel is mostly inspired by Moorish Spain. I was wondering, would scimitars make sense to give to the basic low-level infantrymen in the army or would only the more wealthy/higher ranked people have those?
The cavalry have those. The scimitar is a blade specifically designed to be used from horseback. It’s the grandfather of most cavalry blades, including those used in Europe down through the centuries. The curved design and single edge meant it could slash enemies with less risk of losing the blade as you traveled past at high speeds. A stabbing weapon that buries itself in an enemy and you’re at risk of it getting stuck as the horse races past, then you lose your weapon. It was so successful a design that it traveled throughout the world.
The scimitar is a very visually distinctive weapon which is why you see
it everywhere, but it’s not an infantry sidearm. It also wasn’t the only sword in use.
The basic rule of thumb
for swords in the (mostly) western world is curved for cavalry and
straight for infantry.
The curved, single edged sword like a saber is also the weapon of choice for boarding actions in naval combat. The reason being that the single edged blade can’t be forced back into you when in tight quarters. (I know someone out there is crying, but katana. The Japanese thought that too about British/Naval sabers, they were wrong.)
It’s probably worth remembering as you begin your investigation that “Moor” was the European term for Muslim, and that covers a vast variety of different ethnicities and cultures from Persia to North Africa; many of whom practiced distinct variations of their religion. Because these cultures are so different, it’s important that you narrow your search down to specified groups. This will help you when it comes to determining weapons, troop movements, battle strategies, and tactics.
Some things to remember, the Muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula was one of the (many) factors that kicked off the Crusades. The Muslims of the period were more scientifically advanced than the Europeans. If you wanted to see a doctor in the Middle Ages, and wanted to live, you went to see a Muslim. It’s one of the many inventions we can thank the Middle East for, including our numerical system and the survival of Aristotle. You know, an interesting period in history.
However, in the beginning, at least, the conquered Spain was part of a larger empire that spanned the Middle East and North Africa. So, if you really want to know what weapons were carried then its important to look to the invaders and their culture. Whether the scimitar was even in use really depends on the period you want to reference. 711 A.D? 1011 A.D? 1212 A.D? Or when the last Muslim foothold on the Iberian Peninsula finally came to an end in 1492, around the same time Columbus sailed the ocean blue?
It’s a huge period in history that covers a lot of ground. Try to remember that military evolution happens very quickly, and is influenced heavily by the enemies engaged.
When it comes to Moorish battle tactics, I know very little about them. I can tell you they tended to favor lighter armaments and light horses/coursers rather than the heavy. Here’s an overview of the Umayyad conquest that includes troop movements.
The answer to your question, though, of what did the infantry use is spears.
More nerds discussing Medieval Arab warfare, strategy, and tactics on the Historum forums. (Love your nerds.)
Always remember: Wikipedia is a jumping off point for research, it is not the end. It’s a decent overview that will give you a grounding to start from but, as any good college professor will tell you, you want the citations at the bottom not the article header or the words in the middle.
The subject of warfare is complicated, to say the least, and covers a vast array of
cultures across both Europe, the Middle East, Eastern
Europe/Byzantine/Ottomans, and, occasionally, Central Asia.
Hopefully though, this gives you a jumping off point for more specified research into the time period and the armor worn/weapons wielded/tactics used.
when yuta wakes up he always speaks in japanese for a few minutes until his head wakes up properly
this means expect to be woken up by a husky voiced yuta whispering in your ear
“boku nitotte, kimi wa kanpeki na hito da yo…” “what was that yuta?” “hmm? nothing”
yuta is very protective naturally
if he’s stood with someone important to him he holds them close to him
he would be like this times ten with his partner
he would be like a koala in crowded spaces or in empty places always holding your arm with one hand and putting his spare arm across your shoulders
at first he would blush every time he held you into his side but now its second nature to him he just holds you without thinking about it
“yuta we are literally stood in the kitchen why are you glued to my side”
“yuta im brushing my teeth why are you holding my hand”
“yuta i need to eat let go of me”
even though he is clingy and open with skinship he would be way more reserved with kissing
jaehyun once asked if he had ever even kissed you because nobody ever sees you both kiss
yuta has two sides when it comes to kissing
one is where he is all giggly and shy and blushing and he kisses everywhere on your face other than your lips
the other side is where he will hold your hands or neck or rub your hips with his thumbs and kisses you deeply
one time when you were sick he brought you soup into bed and fed it to you
and kissed you after every spoonful
a week later it was you looking after him because he got sick from you
you always look after him and the others which involves you going grocery shopping with them more often than not
whenever you do yuta always sits you in the shopping cart and wheels you down the isles until a shop assistant yells at you
hes basically a huge kid
a giant dorky kid
a giant dorky kid that likes to stick stickers on all your things
“yuta when did this huge hello kitty sticker get on the back of my laptop” “it was jaemin this time i swear”
he takes anniversaries very seriously
even if hes in another country he will always have something planned for you
he also gets more worried than normal if he is away
so he hired one of the dancing instructors to check in on you every day at dinner time to make sure you had a big meal
your name in his phone is “nakamoto” followed by your name
he always jokes by using nakamoto as your surname
this includes lots of “hmm nakamoto sounds good as your name”
you aren’t even sure if he’s joking anymore
its at the point where you think he’s actually already planned your wedding in his head
when he introduced you to the others the first thing johnny said to you was “do you know he cries over anime”
yuta likes to cook
and when i say cook i mean “roughly follow a cook book and make a huge mess”
which then makes him sad and pouty because he wanted to make you something nice to eat
but he would never tell you that
jealous yuta is very strange
he gets very quiet and wary but doesnt want to take you away from whoever is making him jealous because he doesnt want to show is jealousy
so he just kind of does his normal thing of pulling you against his side and holding your arms gently but instead of looking ahead like he normally would he just stares down at you so he can tell if whoever is flirting with you is making you uncomfortable
if they do make you feel uncomfortable then yuta wordlessly pulls you away not even giving the creepy person a chance to react
for him it was very much a love at first sight moment
he came home to the dorm and quite literally yelled about how he was in love
“youve known them for a day” “shut up hansol”
even though you knew you were in love with him it took you ages to actually say it
when i say took you ages i mean he practically forced it out of you
he grabbed you when you tried to leave the dorm and pinned you to the wall in a bear hug and wouldnt let you move
“yuta let me go” “no not until you admit you love me” “you know i do” ‘no you hAVE TO SAY IT” “YUTA I HAVE TO GO TO WORK LET ME GO” “SAY YOU LOVE ME” “WHY” “JUST SAY YOU LOVE ME AND I WILL LET YOU GO” “FINE I LOVE YOU” “finally ”
meeting your family and friends is so important to him
so important that he would practice speaking your first language in front of a mirror so he could try impress them
he even tried to practice how to speak with your accent to impress them even more
“yuta your accent is literally the worst thing ive ever heard” “ok listen here taeil i am trying”
when taeil told you what he was doing you quite literally had to pin him down and tell him that hes perfect how he is and they will love him no matter what
“but want to show them that i love you so much that i would learn a whole language for you” “they know how much you love me you dont have to do anything just be yourself and that will be enough”
yuta is annoying
and yuta likes to annoy you
this can be anything from “hey stop ignoring me” “pay attention to me” “love meeeeee” “look at me” “i need attention” “why aren’t you giving me attention” to him pinching you before running away and hiding
like i said before
yuta is a huge dorky kid
when he hides from you it normally doesnt take long to find him as you can always hear his giggles from a wardrobe somewhere in the dorm
do young once bought you both couple shirts as a joke but secretly you both wear them when nobody else is home
one time taeyong and ten came home early and saw you both cuddling in your matching shirts and they will never let you forget
you and yuta have always been very open and trusting of one another you never had an awkward phase
“jaehyun it was like we already knew each other” “oh my god yuta shut up can you get any more cheesy”
if you are ever sad you can always tell him or he will know just by looking at you
if you are upset or sad for a reason he cant fix he will let you sit in his lap and brush your hair or draw little pattens with his fingers on your hands and just let you talk or cry or not say anything
afterwards he always goes to the store and buys you candy or juice or flowers just so he can make you smile even a little
even if he is a joker and constantly annoys you and clings to your arms like a koala he is so considerate of your feelings and treats you delicately
sometimes yuta thinks his heart will burst because of how much he loves you
and sometimes you think yours will too
the phrase yuta says in the morning is “ぼくに取って、きみは完璧な人だよ” which i think translates to “you’re the perfect person for me” but i am probably wrong since i don’t speak japanese so don’t take my translation as accurate !!
Hey, guys! I decided to translate the Christmas chapter because I had some free time and because it’s cute af. Please take into consideration that I am not fluent in Japanese and I am still a student. Some parts I probably translated wrong, but I’m sure I got most of it correct. Enjoy!