History Headscratchers / Highlander

11th Nov '16 6:34:01 PM Lordmalgo
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**It does not look like it belongs to any specific animal. Given that the Kurgan's people were terrifying to fight, it would make sense for them to make their helmets resemble skulls to induce fear into whoever they were fighting.
20th Feb '16 9:06:21 PM aurast
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** Even good guys can fall prey to the temptaion to Monologue.

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** Even good guys can fall prey to the temptaion temptation to Monologue.Monologue.
** Perhaps he wasn't sure of the blow. The Kurgan was at a disadvantage, yes, but perhaps Ramirez hesitated too long because he wanted to be certain of a killing stroke.
15th Jan '16 6:26:23 AM ADKZ
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*** No sure how "being blown to pieces by artillery fire" would count as proof, as the odds of such a thing causing your head getting separated from the body would be quite good.
18th Nov '15 4:18:03 PM CockroachCharlie
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*** Certainly, rapiers did have a cutting edge (as did the Toledo Salamanca), and could deliver some violent and certainly disorienting slashing wounds, but the build of the blade simply was not meant for dismemberment of any sort. The basic style rapier (a broad term, I know), was designed for quick movements, which the heavier dismemberment blades could not handle. Even the sturdiest rapier blade would require extreme force to push through the neck muscles and vertebrae, which the human body builds powerfully for a reason. With most cutting weapons, a single stroke decapitation is difficult to achieve. Using no sarcasm, I would be most interested to see an example of a rapier based weapon pulling this off with human strength.
11th Sep '15 9:00:04 PM ErikModi
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** Displaced fear. After all, she was consorting with him, so she might be just as guilty. . . unless she jumps straight to the head of the "burn the witch!" line. Or she may have felt that, if he is indeed a demon, he's "defiled" her in some way, and the only way to be clean is to see him killed.
11th Sep '15 8:57:29 PM ErikModi
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** May have been Ramirez's endgame. Nakano invited Connor to strike him down and take his knowledge for himself. Ramirez may have had the same thought, train this guy to a respectable level, then give him my Quickening, so he'll be even better prepared to defeat The Kurgan.
11th Sep '15 8:54:07 PM ErikModi
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** If I recall correctly, at one point there was serious discussion (I believe in one of Amanda's early appearances, where they both get gunned down) about adding some kind of sound effect of something to represent the bullets being expelled from their bodies as they healed.
11th Sep '15 8:49:51 PM ErikModi
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** He's also still a kid. A very old kid, but a kid. His brain hasn't matured to the point where he has developed the self-discipline (and it wasn't instilled in him by his upbringing) to seriously study a fighting style that would work for him. And even if he did master such a style, he's still at a significant height, strength, speed, and leverage disadvantage over any adult. It's far easier for him to learn to trick other Immortals into getting into situations where he can easily kill them.
11th Sep '15 8:38:18 PM ErikModi
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** There ''is'' a difference between a "rapier" and "foil." A rapier can still be light and swift, while having a blade sturdy enough to (at least theoretically) decapitate someone. A foil is basically just a thin metal strip, with or without pointy end. Rapiers would actually be ''better'' choices than "off-the-rack" long- or broadswords, since those heavier swords didn't actually have sharpened edges, because there's no point to sharp edge when you're whacking someone coated head-to-toe with steel. A longsword or broadsword would have to have a sharp edge added to it, while a rapier is sharp along basically its entire length (since they were developed around the time that gunpowder made most metal armor obsolete.)
11th Sep '15 8:30:16 PM ErikModi
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*** Nefertiri was already Immortal at that point. She willfully sealed herself in a sarcophagus with her Queen because she couldn't die with her to join her in the Afterlife (the ancient Egyptians were big on that), so she did the next-best thing.
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