Yesterday I was killing time on RPG.net and stumbled across this thread.
The premise, for those of you not well schooled in the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, is that in recent editions D&D has been putting some unlikely looking things among it’s weapon choices for player characters. These include things like:
The Orc Double Axe – Think of two axes joined butt to butt.
The Dire Flail – two spiked ball and chains joined butt to butt.
The Dwarven Urgrosh – an axe with a spear point comming out of the butt.
The author starts out posting a few examples of progressively less likely weapons that he’s made up, like these. And then people take the ball (and chain) and run with it.
So, being the ardent embelisher of trends that I am, I tried my own hand at a couple.
In one of the old AD&D (2nd Ed.) Monsterous Manuels there’s a picture (by Tony DiTerlizzi no less) of a kobold carrying a stick with a scorpion dangling from the end. Neat idea, but more of a prototype, a proof of concept piece if you will.
The ultimate expression of a kobold weapon-smith’s art would probably come in the form of:
The Octo-Dire Scorpion Flail Propeller Beanie
Such a weapon would indeed be deadly, nigh unstoppable even. But stories presist of how, in days of yore, followers (cultists if you will) of the Asure Mollusc Sect drove back the beanie-clad hoards. Their signature weapon of choice in doing so being none other than:
The Khopesh of Confusion