Roger Giner-Sorolla @ 2019-09-02 19:02:48
A longsword is made for killin' It ain't made for nothin' else https://www.tor.com/2019/08/27/fantasy-fiction-and-the-danger-of-swords/?fbclid=IwAR3EUC9alFYr1fs9UCZJJKVeGl1rVE_GhhWtmVTET1rS8GkOMHd8DX-MbXs
Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-02 20:28:19
It's interesting to note that there were times and places where it was courtly fashion among the elite to carry "ceremonial" killing weapons in the presence of their peers. Any number of science fantasies imagine similar fashions in the royal courts of their futuristic empires. I think we romanticize places like those. The equivalent today would be a dictatorship where everyone in the ruling class walks around with AK47s and M16s strapped to their backs.
Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-09-08 22:06:52
@Anne Well story cycles like Arthur and the Matter of Britain, Charlemagne and the Matter of France) along with the notion of courtly love means that the romanticisation of these traditions have been embedded in Western culture since the Middle Ages and many modern books and movies have just been echoing that.
Alistair Langsford @ 2019-09-08 23:44:35
I would have thought ordinary sidearms one could have duels with would have been sufficient - perhaps limited to revolvers rather than semiautomatics. A bit Like Heinlein’s ‘Beyond this Horizon’ if I remember correctly. I don’t think of ak47s or the like as personal ceremonial weapons.
Bryan Mullins @ 2019-09-12 13:15:57
Yeah once you put Katana on the equipment list, everyone with 2000 GP and then some are going to want to swap their ratty daggers and things for something that can behead a highlander...
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