History Main / BladeOnAStick

22nd Mar '17 10:53:28 AM GM_3826
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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 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) 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.
14th Mar '17 8:59:00 AM CosmicFerret
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* [[FieryRedhead Kyouko]] from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' wields a spear nearly twice her height, and it can also be broken up into multiple segments connected by chains. In the Manga version, her weapon has a cross-guard just beneath the head. [[JapaneseChristian The symbolism is entirely intentional]].

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* [[FieryRedhead Kyouko]] from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' wields a spear nearly twice her height, and it can also be broken up into multiple segments connected by chains. In the Manga version, her weapon has a cross-guard just beneath the head. [[JapaneseChristian [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian The symbolism is entirely intentional]].
5th Mar '17 7:52:23 PM TitoMosquito
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When a hero uses a polearm, he'll generally wield it "open-fashion", swinging it around almost like a staff. Glaives and halberds -- and even the Chinese spear ("Qiang" in Chinese), with its leaf- or dagger-like blade -- are well-suited to it, but all of these are "individualistic" weapons, requiring a lot of space to be employed effectively and needing a lot of conditioning and experience on their wielder's part. Ordinary spears, and pikes as well, are better used in close formations, and can be used well by poorly-trained troops provided they don't break and run.

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When a hero uses a polearm, he'll generally wield it "open-fashion", swinging it around almost like a staff.[[SimpleStaff staff]]. Glaives and halberds -- and even the Chinese spear ("Qiang" in Chinese), with its leaf- or dagger-like blade -- are well-suited to it, but all of these are "individualistic" weapons, requiring a lot of space to be employed effectively and needing a lot of conditioning and experience on their wielder's part. Ordinary spears, and pikes as well, are better used in close formations, and can be used well by poorly-trained troops provided they don't break and run.
28th Feb '17 1:58:27 PM Crewx
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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.
12th Feb '17 12:30:33 PM Aggron9988
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* In ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'', all of the city guards, no matter what city or country they're in, are equipped with spears.
3rd Feb '17 7:02:27 AM Gosicrystal
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* This has also recently be a specialized weapon in the ''[[Franchise/TalesSeries Tales]]'' series. In the past, polearms are like extensions to normal swords, Cless, Stahn and Reid may replace their sword with polearms if they want. Starting Destiny 2, however, specialized polearm users starts to appear:
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'': Loni Dunamis
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'': Eugene Gallardo

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* This has also recently be is a specialized weapon in the ''[[Franchise/TalesSeries Tales]]'' series. In the past, polearms are like extensions to normal swords, swords. Cless, Stahn and Reid may replace their sword with polearms if they want. Starting Destiny 2, however, specialized polearm users starts start to appear:
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'': Loni Dunamis
Dunamis.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'': Eugene GallardoGallardo.
15th Jan '17 11:54:43 AM WaterBlap
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* Poseidon, the Myth/GreekMythology deity of the ocean, had a trident that was made by the Cyclops. If he struck the ground with it it could create a spring of salty water or cause shipwrecks, earthquakes, or drownings.

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* Poseidon, the Myth/GreekMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology deity of the ocean, had a trident that was made by the Cyclops. If he struck the ground with it it could create a spring of salty water or cause shipwrecks, earthquakes, or drownings.



*** Myth/GreekMythology deity Poseidon. His trident is a plus 5 weapon that does 4-40 HitPoints of damage. Each round of combat it can [[AttackReflector reflect a spell back at the caster]].

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*** Myth/GreekMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology deity Poseidon. His trident is a plus 5 weapon that does 4-40 HitPoints of damage. Each round of combat it can [[AttackReflector reflect a spell back at the caster]].
14th Jan '17 2:39:06 PM BattleMaster
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* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersCombinerWars'': Afterburner and the Camien Security Force all wield giant spears as their primary weapons. Camien Society feels projectiles are wasteful, so melee weapons are the norm. In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersWindblade'' Chromia's primary weapon was a pole-axe.

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* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersCombinerWars'': Afterburner and the Camien Security Force all wield giant spears as their primary weapons. Camien Society feels projectiles are wasteful, so melee weapons are the norm. In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersWindblade'' Chromia's primary weapon was a pole-axe.pole-axe, but as she was a CombatPragmatist she switched over to using a gun quickly.


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* Jon-Tom's ramwood staff in ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' has a long concealed blade in one end that turns it into a spear he learns to use quite effectively.
8th Jan '17 11:29:40 AM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', one of the many, many ways that C'hou is different than before is that the guards on the wall of the city of Tevri'ed wield pikes.
**Actually, “guard,” “wall,” and “Tevri'ed” are also ways that C'hou is different.
8th Jan '17 9:43:03 AM nombretomado
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* [[IronKingdoms WARMACHINE]] has numerous characters with weapons of this type, largely due to the [[BoringButPractical proliferation of the Reach ability.]] Notable examples include [[ActionGirl Victoria Haley]] and her sister [[DarkActionGirl Warwitch Deneghra]]

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* [[IronKingdoms [[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms WARMACHINE]] has numerous characters with weapons of this type, largely due to the [[BoringButPractical proliferation of the Reach ability.]] Notable examples include [[ActionGirl Victoria Haley]] and her sister [[DarkActionGirl Warwitch Deneghra]]
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