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22nd Aug '17 7:39:18 PM DesertDragon
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A related weapon is the sickle, aka the kama in Japan: a smaller, handheld scythe that is often duel-wielded in combat. What they lack in weight, they compensate with their ability to trap a sword with one blade and deliver the killing blow with the other. In Japan they're commonly associated with {{ninja}}s due to being a mundane tool that happens to be great for killing, perfect for deadly assassins masquerading as peasants beneath notice.

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A related weapon is the sickle, aka also known as the kama in Japan: a smaller, handheld scythe that is often duel-wielded in combat. What they lack in weight, they compensate with their ability to trap a sword with one blade and deliver the killing blow with the other. In Japan they're commonly associated with {{ninja}}s due to being a mundane tool that happens to be great for killing, perfect for deadly assassins masquerading as peasants beneath notice.
22nd Aug '17 6:54:31 PM DesertDragon
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Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before]] in real life, though this usually involved straightening the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick, along with a straight rather than a curved wooden haft. But even keeping the blade perpendicular has its own benefits, such as being harder for the opponent to predict and building armor-piercing momentum in its swing, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half after you've impaled them. While farming scythes will only have the sharp edge on the inner curve, a war scythe will likely be sharp on both sides. Like its cousin the battle axe, don't be surprised if a fictional scythe is several times larger than anything you'd find in the real world.

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Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before]] in real life, though this usually involved straightening the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick, along with a straight rather than a curved wooden haft. BladeOnAStick. But even keeping the blade perpendicular to the haft has its own benefits, such as being harder for the opponent to predict and building armor-piercing momentum in its swing, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half after once you've impaled them. While farming scythes will only have the sharp edge on the inner curve, a war scythe will likely be sharp on both sides. Like its cousin the battle axe, don't be surprised if a fictional scythe is several times larger than anything you'd find in the real world.
22nd Aug '17 6:50:43 PM DesertDragon
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Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before]] in real life, though this usually involved straightening the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick, along with a straight rather than a curved wooden haft. But even keeping the blade perpendicular has its own benefits, such as being harder for the opponent to predict and building armor-piercing momentum in its swing, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half after you've impaled them. While farming scythes will only have the sharp edge on the inner curve, a scythe built for combat will likely be sharp on both sides.

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Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before]] in real life, though this usually involved straightening the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick, along with a straight rather than a curved wooden haft. But even keeping the blade perpendicular has its own benefits, such as being harder for the opponent to predict and building armor-piercing momentum in its swing, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half after you've impaled them. While farming scythes will only have the sharp edge on the inner curve, a war scythe built for combat will likely be sharp on both sides.
sides. Like its cousin the battle axe, don't be surprised if a fictional scythe is several times larger than anything you'd find in the real world.
22nd Aug '17 6:47:17 PM DesertDragon
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The scythe is a farming tool whose primary purpose is to cut down high grass and harvest grain. But in the arms of a skilled fighter--especially one whose social class [[ImprobableWeaponUser forbids him from owning conventional weaponry]]--it's as lethal as any sword or mace. It is also likely to mark the [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy special or dangerous enemy]], as well as the macabre touch brought on by evoking TheGrimReaper.

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The scythe is a farming tool whose primary purpose is to cut down high mow grass and harvest grain. But in the arms of a skilled fighter--especially one whose social class [[ImprobableWeaponUser forbids him from owning conventional weaponry]]--it's as lethal as any sword or mace. It is also likely to mark the [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy special or dangerous enemy]], as well as the macabre touch brought on by evoking TheGrimReaper.
22nd Aug '17 6:43:35 PM DesertDragon
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The scythe is a farming tool whose primary purpose is to cut down high grass and harvest grain. But in the arms of a skilled fighter--especially one whose social class [[ImprobableWeaponUser forbids him from owning conventional weaponry]]--it's as lethal as any sword or mace. It is likely to mark the [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy special or dangerous enemy]], as well as the macabre touch brought on by evoking TheGrimReaper.

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The scythe is a farming tool whose primary purpose is to cut down high grass and harvest grain. But in the arms of a skilled fighter--especially one whose social class [[ImprobableWeaponUser forbids him from owning conventional weaponry]]--it's as lethal as any sword or mace. It is also likely to mark the [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy special or dangerous enemy]], as well as the macabre touch brought on by evoking TheGrimReaper.
22nd Aug '17 6:42:52 PM DesertDragon
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Karsi is one of the Wildling leaders from the episode "Hardhome", and her weapon of choice is a pair of sickles.
22nd Aug '17 6:31:06 PM DesertDragon
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Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before]] in real life, though this usually involved reforging, re-angling and/or reinforcing the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick with a straight rather than a curved wooden haft. But even keeping the blade perpendicular to the haft has its own benefits, such as being harder for the opponent to predict and building armor-piercing momentum in its swing, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half after you've impaled them. While farming scythes will only have the sharp edge on the inner curve, a scythe built for combat will likely be sharp on both sides.

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Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before]] in real life, though this usually involved reforging, re-angling and/or reinforcing straightening the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick BladeOnAStick, along with a straight rather than a curved wooden haft. But even keeping the blade perpendicular to the haft has its own benefits, such as being harder for the opponent to predict and building armor-piercing momentum in its swing, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half after you've impaled them. While farming scythes will only have the sharp edge on the inner curve, a scythe built for combat will likely be sharp on both sides.
22nd Aug '17 6:29:27 PM DesertDragon
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Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before,]] though this usually involved reforging, re-angling and/or reinforcing the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick with a straight rather than a curved wooden haft. But even keeping the blade perpendicular to the haft has its own benefits, such as being harder for the opponent to predict and building armor-piercing momentum in its swing, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half after you've impaled them. While farming scythes have the sharp edge on the inner curve for safety, a scythe built for combat will likely be sharp on both sides.

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Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before,]] before]] in real life, though this usually involved reforging, re-angling and/or reinforcing the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick with a straight rather than a curved wooden haft. But even keeping the blade perpendicular to the haft has its own benefits, such as being harder for the opponent to predict and building armor-piercing momentum in its swing, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half after you've impaled them. While farming scythes will only have the sharp edge on the inner curve for safety, curve, a scythe built for combat will likely be sharp on both sides.
22nd Aug '17 6:25:23 PM DesertDragon
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The scythe is just one of the weapons an ImprobableWeaponUser is likely to use. Likely to mark the [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy special or dangerous enemy]], as well as the macabre touch brought on by evoking TheGrimReaper.

Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before,]] though this usually involved reforging, re-angling and/or reinforcing the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick with a straight rather than a curved wooden haft. Most modern day depictions of scythes have double edges or angle the blade further upward so that the scythes can be swung in the same manner as an axe, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half after you've impaled them. Scythes with energy blades, are somewhat more viable, since an energy blade theoretically should be able to cut along any edge.

Generally speaking, farmers are rarely depicted using scythes (perhaps because the death connotations have overidden the obsolete agricultural ones), so [[TorchesAndPitchforks pitchforks]] are their melee weapon of choice in most armed-serf situations. Indeed, scythes, because of the aforementioned impracticality have [[ImprobableUseOfAWeapon rarely been weaponized in the real world]], unlike most other farming tool. See Real Life examples below for when they have.

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The scythe is just a farming tool whose primary purpose is to cut down high grass and harvest grain. But in the arms of a skilled fighter--especially one of the weapons an ImprobableWeaponUser whose social class [[ImprobableWeaponUser forbids him from owning conventional weaponry]]--it's as lethal as any sword or mace. It is likely to use. Likely to mark the [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy special or dangerous enemy]], as well as the macabre touch brought on by evoking TheGrimReaper.

Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before,]] though this usually involved reforging, re-angling and/or reinforcing the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick with a straight rather than a curved wooden haft. Most modern day depictions of scythes have double edges or angle But even keeping the blade further upward so that perpendicular to the scythes can be swung in haft has its own benefits, such as being harder for the same manner as an axe, opponent to predict and building armor-piercing momentum in its swing, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half after you've impaled them. Scythes While farming scythes have the sharp edge on the inner curve for safety, a scythe built for combat will likely be sharp on both sides.

A related weapon is the sickle, aka the kama in Japan: a smaller, handheld scythe that is often duel-wielded in combat. What they lack in weight, they compensate
with energy blades, are somewhat more viable, since an energy their ability to trap a sword with one blade theoretically should and deliver the killing blow with the other. In Japan they're commonly associated with {{ninja}}s due to being a mundane tool that happens to be able to cut along any edge.

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great for killing, perfect for deadly assassins masquerading as peasants beneath notice.

Because scythes and sickles have such specific connotations in fiction nowadays, simple
farmers are rarely depicted using scythes (perhaps because the death connotations have overidden the obsolete agricultural ones), them, so [[TorchesAndPitchforks pitchforks]] are their melee weapon of choice in most armed-serf situations. Indeed, scythes, because of the aforementioned impracticality have [[ImprobableUseOfAWeapon rarely been weaponized in the real world]], unlike most other farming tool. See Real Life examples below for when they have.they've been weaponized in real life.
19th Aug '17 4:47:13 AM Bissek
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* The weapon of choice of [[spoiler:Renne]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', who seems perfectly innocent until pulling the scythe out of nowhere. At which point the nom de guerre [[spoiler:Angel of Slaughter]] suddenly makes sense.
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