StarSong212 on Oct 23rd 2017 at 10:53:04 AM
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StarSong212 on Nov 29th 2017 at 10:17:57 AM
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Devotees of old gods often carry small sickles, which are reminiscent of both plants (sickles were originally farming tools) and the moon (the blades are crescent-shaped). They can be seen as weapons, or simply as tools that happen to come in handy for self-defense. These knives are especially common among priestesses; a male character with such a weapon is, however, more likely to be explicitly called a druid, rather than simply a pagan priest.
A sub-trope of Weapon of Choice.
I hereby consecrate these examples in the names of the Lord and Lady:
- Astérix features the druid Getafix, who uses a golden sickle to gather potion ingredients. This is apparently especially important for the gathering of mistletoe, the only non-secret ingredient of the druid's magic potion: mistletoe must be harvested with a golden sickle, or it loses all its magical powers. Getafix's sickle breaks in Asterix and the Golden Sickle, forcing Asterix and Obelix to go on a quest to find a new one in time for the upcoming gathering of druids, since Getafix couldn't bear the shame of being the only sickle-less druid present.
- In The Mists of Avalon, the priestesses receive Druidic Sickles as part of their initiation.
- In Dungeons And Dragons 3rd Edition, the Druid class has a very short list of weapon proficiencies, including the sickle alongside simple weapons like knives, staves and smaller spears. The only martial weapon with which they are proficient is the scimitar, which is vaguely sickle-like in shape.
- Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Druids use mistletoe as a component of casting their spells. They have to cut a full year's supply on Midsummer's Eve with a sickle made of silver or gold.
- Lini, the iconic Druid from Pathfinder, wields a sickle.
- Somewhat Truth in Television; many pagan religions include a sickle-shaped work knife called a boline as part of the ritual tools, though it's not generally considered a weapon.
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