On the 20th of November 2006 in Germany, former student 18 year old Sebastian Bosse walked into the Geschwister Scholl-Schule and began shooting. Bosse also set off a number of smoke bombs around the school before authorities came. No students or teachers were killed.
The motive was bullying and Bosse left multiple suicide notes. One extract was “I hate you and the way you are! You’ve all got to die! Since I was 6 you’ve all been taking the piss out of me! Now you’re going to pay. Finally, I want to apologise for all this to the people who mean something to me or who were ever good to me! I’m gone”.
Sebastian Bosse committed suicide at the scene and was the only fatality
It’s claimed that Bosse played hours on violent video game Counter Strike
A slashing attack can come from above, (usually at a slight angle to try to cut between bones) Going horizontally (eg. a decapitating cut), or from below.
A strong cutting attack is done with the true edge. False edge cuts are rare and usually only done as part of a deflection. More on this in “A Crossing of Blades”
The fastest cut is done with the wrist. It’s short and requires the least movement. It can’t be done with two hands, but is very efficient for one handed movements.
Next comes from the elbow for when you need a bit more oompf to your speed. It can sorta be done two handed as a quick maneuver, but is really meant to be done one handed.
Lastly is the cut that comes from the shoulder. This is the most common for both weapons, turning your whole body into it. It is the most powerful cut and the longsword’s primary attack.
A full cut would be as if to cut from one corner all the way to it’s opposite one. These are powerful blows but take more time for the attacker to recover from. They are often connected together so as not to give the defender a pause to exploit.Eg. They swing a full blow from above and quickly spin the blade up into a rising cut then swinging round again they let the momentum carry them into a strike at their opponent’s neck, never letting up the onslaught.
A partial cut ends with the sword still pointing towards the opponent, often ending in a mid guard. This makes for a more defendable position to quickly guard against counter attacks, and means that if the opponent defended by simply stepping back, that they’ll have to deal with your weapon on their counter. It also sets up for a thrusting attack. Eg. They cut down at the enemy’s head but the enemy quickly stepped back and attempted to counter with a strike of their own, only to be met by the resistance of a blade set to thrust into their heart.
Full and partial cuts can freely be switched between of course.
When a longsword makes a series of cutting attacks, it often creates a zig zagging pattern. A one handed sword makes more swooping arcs and circles and figure-eights. Both do borrow from each other’s patterns and each can make for an intimidating display.