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15th Nov '17 6:07:07 PM iroanxi
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* ''Fanfic/RobbReturns'': Otherbane, the ancient spear of the Gardener Kings, found in Horn Hill's (House Tarly's keep) armory, is just one of the many ancestral weapons being rediscovered over the story.
15th Nov '17 1:14:24 PM Temporary14
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** In the Republican period the favoured blade on a stick became the ''pilum'' (''pila'' in the plural''), a distinctive javelin of Etruscan origin with the spearhead being at the end of a long iron. Each legionary carried two of them [[https://youtube.com/watch?v=Be24ufxNLyM or maybe one)]] javelin(s) (known as pilum in the singular, pila in the plural), and [[RainOfArrows they would unleash a short but intense barrage on the enemy right before melee]] to soften them up while disarraying their lines, with one additional surprise: the distinctive construction gave them a formidable piercing power, while at the same time (either due the long iron behind the spearhead being untempered or one of the nails connecting it to the shaft being replaced by a fragile wooden pin, depending on the model) [[BatmanGambit the javelin would bend, making it near-impossible to remove from the shield which was thereby made virtually useless]] and prevent them from throwing them back.

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** In the Republican period the favoured blade on a stick became the ''pilum'' (''pila'' in is the plural''), plural), a distinctive javelin of Etruscan origin with the spearhead being at the end of a long iron. Each legionary carried two of them [[https://youtube.com/watch?v=Be24ufxNLyM or maybe one)]] javelin(s) (known as pilum in the singular, pila in the plural), and [[RainOfArrows they would unleash a short but intense barrage on the enemy right before melee]] to soften them up while disarraying their lines, with one additional surprise: the distinctive construction gave them a formidable piercing power, while at the same time (either due the long iron behind the spearhead being untempered or one of the nails connecting it to the shaft being replaced by a fragile wooden pin, depending on the model) [[BatmanGambit the javelin would bend, making it near-impossible to remove from the shield which was thereby made virtually useless]] and prevent them from throwing them back.



* Though in history as in fiction, polearms are more famous as {{mook}} weapons, the poleaxe was probably the most popular weapon for dismounted knights to use, particularly in the Wars of the Roses, where the knights fought dismounted an awful lot. Why did they use poleaxes? Have you ever tried to get through plate armour with a sword? The poleaxe (also known as pollaxe; there is still much dispute about whether its name actually referred to the fact that it was on a pole) was one of the most versatile melee weapons ever seen. The whole darn contraption was a weapon. [[SwissArmyWeapon You practically get an axe, spear, hammer, can opener, and hockey stick for cross-checking at price of one]]. Its head had either an axe blade or a hammer on the front, a spike on the top, and either a hammer or a second (often hooked) spike on the back. Depending on the variant, the main tactic was to either chop with the axe blade or crush the enemy's armor (preferably his helmet) with the hammer. The top-mounted spike could also be driven into the weak points or armor, or used to kill a downed opponent before they could get up. Poleaxes sometimes also had ''another'' spike on the bottom of the shaft. The version with a hammer rather than an axe head at the front is sometimes known as the Lucerne hammer, after the Swiss city that popularized it. Oddly, despite being both effective and impressive-looking, poleaxes are rarely seen in fiction.

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* Though in history as in fiction, polearms are more famous as {{mook}} weapons, the poleaxe was probably the most popular weapon for dismounted knights to use, particularly in the Wars of the Roses, where the knights fought dismounted an awful lot. Why did they use poleaxes? Have you ever tried to get through plate armour with a sword? The poleaxe (also known as pollaxe; there is still much dispute about whether its name actually referred to the fact that it was on a pole) was one of the most versatile melee weapons ever seen. The whole darn contraption was a weapon. [[SwissArmyWeapon You practically get an axe, spear, hammer, can opener, and hockey stick for cross-checking at the price of one]]. Its head had either an axe blade or a hammer on the front, a spike on the top, and either a hammer or a second (often hooked) spike on the back. Depending on the variant, the main tactic was to either chop with the axe blade or crush the enemy's armor (preferably his helmet) with the hammer. The top-mounted spike could also be driven into the weak points or armor, or used to kill a downed opponent before they could get up. Poleaxes sometimes also had ''another'' spike on the bottom of the shaft. The version with a hammer rather than an axe head at the front is sometimes known as the Lucerne hammer, after the Swiss city that popularized it. Oddly, despite being both effective and impressive-looking, poleaxes are rarely seen in fiction.
15th Nov '17 12:47:57 PM Temporary14
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In older or more primitive settings, early spears with tips made out of stone, bone, or obsidian will likely be seen in the hands of the NobleSavage. Due to the nature of these works(Swords weren't invented yet), the character wielding the spear is much more likely to be TheHero than a mook or supporting character. Primitive shortspears, such as the African Iklwa, evoke similar imagery as swords for the time period, and thus are often wielded in a similar way by TheHero.

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In older or more primitive settings, early spears with tips made out of stone, bone, or obsidian will likely be seen in the hands of the NobleSavage. Due to the nature of these works(Swords weren't invented yet), settings (where swords haven't yet been invented), the character wielding the spear is much more likely to be TheHero than a mook or supporting character. Primitive shortspears, such as the African Iklwa, evoke similar imagery as swords for the time period, and thus are often wielded in a similar way by TheHero.
14th Nov '17 11:28:08 PM raziel365
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* The spear was a weapon of great value to the Incas and they held their own variant of the halberd as the weapon of the nobility instead of swords, which were not known yet (hence why the Incas are often depicted as holding one in tandem with a rectangular shield).
14th Nov '17 9:54:19 AM MadManCity
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In ''VideoGame/ForHonor'', the Nobushi Samurai class wields a blade on the end of a long stick (a naginata).

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In *In ''VideoGame/ForHonor'', the Nobushi Samurai class wields a blade on the end of a long stick (a naginata).
14th Nov '17 9:51:37 AM MadManCity
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In ''VideoGame/ForHonor'', the Nobushi Samurai class wields a blade on the end of a long stick (a naginata).
3rd Nov '17 11:28:53 PM Linda58
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* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' The gladiator fighting style hoplomachus included a spear and a dagger. The length of the spear gave them a great advantage at a distance, but was obviously unwieldy in close quarters. Barca and Auctus fought in this style to great effect. Nasir, though not a gladiator, also wielded a spear when he joined the rebellion.

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* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' The gladiator fighting style hoplomachus included a spear and a dagger. The length of the spear gave them a great advantage at a distance, but was obviously unwieldy in close quarters.quarters (hence the dagger). Barca and Auctus fought in this style to great effect. Nasir, though not a gladiator, also wielded a spear when he joined the rebellion.


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* Subverted in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''. While Season 2's PlotCoupon is The Spear of Destiny, it never gets used as an actual spear against someone (though it is used like a [[BatterUp bat]] at one point). Presumably because it can be used to rewrite reality, and why stab someone when you can just erase them from existence? [[spoiler:After its depowered, the Reverse Flash threatens to stab Sara with it, but gets killed by the Black-Flash before he can]].
16th Oct '17 6:52:51 AM BeerBaron
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** In the series' backstory, the [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Snow Prince]] was a [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elf)]] OneManArmy who very nearly turned the tide of the war against the [[HornyVikings Nords]], who were attempting to [[FinalSolution drive the Falmer to extinction]]. In addition to being [[AnIcePerson a master of Frost magic]], he wielded an enchanted spear that weakened the armor of those it struck and had ice-powers of its own.
2nd Oct '17 10:08:36 AM Lunatic0verlord
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** ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' brings us Yukimura Sanada, Keiji Maeda, Tadakatsu Honda (Tombo-giri), Ieyasu Tokugawa (Cannon Spear), and Toshiie Maeda (twin spears as a secondary weapon).

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** ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' brings us Yukimura Sanada, Sanada (current Page Image), Keiji Maeda, Tadakatsu Honda (Tombo-giri), Ieyasu Tokugawa (Cannon Spear), and Toshiie Maeda (twin spears as a secondary weapon).
26th Sep '17 11:11:54 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* The halberd is often considered the greatest polearm of all time. They had an axe blade on one side, a spear-like point on top, and a hook on the back. They could dismount cavalry, trip an opponent, hook a gap in their armor to cause a painful wound, pull away their shields, and had all the functionality of a battle-axe and a spear into the bargain. You might notice the similarity to the poleaxe described above; the biggest difference is that halberds have longer shafts, and lack the hammer function that some poleaxes had. You may also notice that the similarities to the English bill (which also featured a blade, a pint, a hook, and a long shaft); the difference was in the shape of the blade, and the differences were fairly small (many Swiss regions made no real distinction). This versatility let the halberd hold out or win against any type of weapon, from the sword to the pike.

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* The halberd is often considered the greatest polearm of all time. They had an axe blade on one side, a spear-like point on top, and a hook on the back. They could dismount cavalry, trip an opponent, hook a gap in their armor to cause a painful wound, pull away their shields, and had all the functionality of a battle-axe and a spear into the bargain. You might notice the similarity to the poleaxe described above; the biggest difference is that halberds have longer shafts, and lack the hammer function that some poleaxes had. You may also notice that the similarities to the English bill (which also featured a blade, a pint, a hook, and a long shaft); the difference was in the shape of the blade, and the differences were fairly small (many Swiss regions made no real distinction). This versatility let the halberd hold out or win against any type of weapon, from the sword to the pike. Additionally, they were inexpensive to make and therefore an ideal weapon for foot soldiers.
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