Sword, Short

Primary Material: Steel Short swords were common in the early Classical period because early iron weapons were not strong enough to be made longer than two feet or so, being too likely to bend upon contact with shield rims, helmets, or enemy weapons. As iron gave way to steel in the late Iron Age (circa 4th-3rd Century BC) short swords were gradually eclipsed by longer weapons three feet or more in length (see Spatha). But short swords remained popular, and in the later middle-ages, even as longer and longer weapons were adopted by knights and professional infantrymen, short swords made a comeback as a popular sidearm, particularly for archers and marksmen. For game purposes a short sword means any non-specific (i.e. not covered under another sword sub-type) double edged sword between 21"-29" in overall length, with little if any hand protection, a small grip and a sharp point suitable for thrusting.

Attack Types
Weapon Size Reach Speed
Defense Base Damage All Primary AP Bonus Grapple Bonus Hardness HP
Sword, Short S 2 4 2 1 - 6 SCP P 2 0 9 3