Gear: Melee Weapons

Melee Weapon Descriptions

  • Description: The name or description of the weapon.

  • Use: The general mode in which the weapon is employed – swung, thrusted, or thrown; and one- or two-handed. The note 1H means the weapon can be used one-handed, and the other hand can do other things like block with a shield, carry an object, or wield another weapon. 2H means the user must use both hands.

  • Type: A basic description of the kind of damage the weapon causes.

  • Pen: The Penetration value of an attack by the weapon. If the Pen indicates RS (Row Shift), then this is an additional row shift to your unarmed combat damage. Rarely, you might find a melee weapon that deals fixed damage, in which case the Pen is just a straight number, or damage that does not depend on your strength, in which case it is listed as 2d6 + a Row Shift. Grappling weapons have a value listed in square braces, indicating not their Penetration, but rather the additional RS they give to your Control roll.

    The listed Pen is for when the weapon is wielded by a user of a given Size (indicated in the table header). If you are not that Size, refer to the section on Melee Weapons for Different Sizes.

  • Wound: The Wound Score of the attack, applied as a Row Shift to any Penetration delivered to the target to convert it to damage points and determine the injury severity. Grappling weapons have a value listed in square braces, which gives a RS to your Control roll – but this extra Control does not cause penalties nor does it assist with techniques. When attempting to escape, this extra Control must be removed first.

  • AP: The Armor Piercing score – add the AP to the relevant Armor Score (almost always the Mech Armor Score) to find the Row Shift for the armor roll.

  • Sharp: A score representing how sharp and pointy the weapon is. This row shifts the base Pen of the weapon – but it is already included in the Pen stat listed in the table. Do not include it again! Instead, if for any reason the sharpness of the weapon should not apply, subtract the Sharp score from the listed Pen RS, change the Wound Score to the listed Blunt Wound, and change the damage type to Smash.

  • Blunt Wound: If the weapon does not get the benefit of its sharpness, change the Wound Score to the Blunt Wound.

  • Def: The Defense score of the weapon. The difference between your weapon's Defense score and that of your opponent is added to your defense roll to avoid being hit.

    If your Size is different from the Size listed in the table, the Def of the weapon when you wield it may be different. Refer to the section on Melee Weapons for Different Sizes.

  • Bulk: The Bulk score minus your Size is a penalty to use a weapon in cramped conditions or to conceal a weapon on your person.

  • Length: The distance the weapon extends your reach.

  • Mass: The mass of the weapon in kg.

  • Price: The cost of the weapon in Republic dollars ($).

  • Imbal, WSize, WLen: These are only used if your Size is not the Size assumed in the table. They are used to find the Pen and Def for you when you use the weapon. Imbal is a measure of the weapon's lack of balance – how heavy it is toward the head. WSize is a score related to the weapon's mass. WLen is a score related to the weapon's length.

Melee weapons for different sizes

Not everyone is the same Size. If you are not Size +0, you can get melee weapons made for your Size. Add your Size score to Wound, Blunt Wound, Bulk, WSize, and WLen, row shift length by your Size score, and Mass by three times your Size score.

You can still use melee weapons made for people of different sizes, but the bonus to your unarmed Penetration and the Defense Score will change. A shortsword to an average-sized man might be as a longsword to a dwarf or a knife to a giant.

For Penetration, use the tables below. Either find the difference in the Pen Bonus for the change in Size and adjust Pen accordingly, or add up Pen Bonus + Sharp - Blunt Wound to find the increase to your Unarmed Pen when using the weapon.

Melee Attacks
2×(WSize - Size) + Imbal Pen Bonus
-1½ or less no change
-1 to -½ +½ RS
0 to ½ +1 RS
1 to 1½ +1½ RS
2 to 3½ +2 RS
4+ +2½ RS
Thrown Attacks
2×(WSize - Size) + Imbal Pen Bonus
-2½ or less (WSize - Size) RS
-2 to -1½ no change
-1 to -½ +½ RS
0 to ½ +1 RS
1 to 1½ +1½ RS
2 to 2½ +2 RS
3+ +2½ RS

For Def, use the following table, where U = ½ if any of a weapon's attacks have an Imbal score of 2 or more, and is 0 otherwise. If U is not 0, the Def score can never be more than 3. If the weapon is wielded one-handed, Def can never be more than 4.
WSize + U - Size
WLen - Size ≤ -5¼-5 to -1½-1¼ to -½-¼ to +¼+½ to +¾+1 to +1½+1¾ to +2+2¼ to +2¾≥ +3;
-5½ or less000000000
-5 to -4½100000000
-4 to -3½210000000
-3 to -2½321000000
-2 to -1½432100000
-1 to -½443210000
+0 to +½444321000
+1 to +1½444432100
+2 or more555443210

Basic Melee Weapons

People have been hitting and stabbing each other with things since long before recorded history, and that's not going to change just because we ventured to the stars. While ranged weapons are much deadlier, sometimes you just don't have access to a gun or laser. Or maybe you want to put the smackdown on someone without necessarily killing them. Or you just want some good steel as backup. In any event, there are a number of tools that are commonly used as primary melee weapons in the Verge.

DescriptionUseTypePen
(size +0)
WoundAPSharpBlunt
Wound
Def
(size +0)
Bulk
LengthMassPriceImbalWSizeWLen
Combat Knifethrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+1½+0+2+1+00.30.352+0-1¾-4
 swing, 1HSlash+2½ RS+4½+0+0+1+1
 throw, 1HPierce+3 RS+1½+0+2n/a+0
Nightstickswing, 1HSmash+3 RS+1+0+0+1+3+30.71.23+1-1
 swing, 2HSmash+4 RS+1+0+0+1+3+1
Baseball Batswing, 1HSmash+2 RS+3+0+0+3+2+4124+2+0+0
 swing, 2HSmash+3 RS+3+0+0+3+2+2
Pistol Whipswing, 1HSmash+3½ RS+1+0+0+1+0+00.31.20+2-4
Rifle, butt strokeswing, 2HSmash+5 RS+1+0+0+1+2+51.53.50+2+1
   barrel smashthrust, 2HSmash+4½ RS+1+0+0+1+2+0
   bayonettethrust, 2HPierce+7 RS+1½+0+2+2+0

  • Combat Knife: A basic fighting knife, with a blade long enough to reach vital organs and broad enough to make them stop working.
  • Nightstick: A club, often carried by police.
  • Baseball Bat: Usually used for sports, but can be easily turned into an effective melee weapon.
  • Pistol Whip: Sometimes, people smack other people with their pistol. Maybe they are out of ammo, or maybe they don't want to kill the other guy but do want to lay him out.
  • Rifle: The ends of a rifle can be used to smash adversaries if, for some reason, you are unwilling or unable to just shoot them. If you have attached a bayonette to the barrel, you can use the rifle as a sort of crude spear. Bayonettes have the same price and mass as a combat knife, and can be used as a combat knife when not mounted to the rifle. A mounted bayoneete precludes you from also mounting an underbarrel grenade launcher, underbarrel stunner, tactical flashlight, or other such device.

Electroshock Melee Weapons

Electroshock melee weapons deliver electric shocks to their victims that act in the same way as stunner beams – they make muscles spasm and cramp up, causing the victim to fall down and preventing voluntary motion. The stun effect is blocked by any conductive armor or suit that makes the activation roll, even a thin layer of conductive foil will prevent stunning. The stun effect is handled in the same way as a ranged stunner.

Stun discharges use very little energy. It is not usually necessary to track energy expenditure of electroshock stunners.

DescriptionPenDoseMassPriceNotes
Stunstick7+51.2200Kinetic damage as a nightstick.

  • Stunstick: A nightstick that delivers a stunning shock to whomever it touches. It has an insulated handle that allows the wielder to grip it safely.

Advanced Material Melee Weapons

The very best blades are made of a carboplast-tungsten composite covered in a surface layer of ultra-hard carboplast. This makes for a weapon that is thinner than steel yet packs the same punch when swung and is much sharper, never dulls, and is much more resistant to chipping and breaking. Any bladed melee weapon can be made using this technology for double cost, giving an additional +½ to Sharp, +½ RS to Pen, +½ to AP for attacks causing Pierce damage, and +½ to Wound for attacks causing Slash or Hack damage.

Price: double that of a standard weapon of the same design.

Affector Supported Melee Weapons

Any standard melee weapon can be protected by making it out of carboplast (see above) and energizing it with an affector field. This makes the weapon very difficult to damage, even to the point of allowing contact with live disruptor screens.

Power: 10 kW × weapon mass
Price: $50 × weapon mass

Disruptor Blades

A disruptor melee weapon produces a "blade" of vibrating affectors emerging from the emitter as a narrow rod of immaterial destruction. The affector field at the core of the blade is intense enough to produce a glowing white-hot streak showing the extent of the blade – a halo of vibrating destruction surrounds this core, enveloping it with a glowing nimbus, and you can feel the tingling of the rapidly oscillating fields from many centimeters away. The vibrations make the blade sing like a choir of angels, overlaid with buzzing and hissing discharges; they smell of ozone when active. Any matter caught up in the affector blade is ripped and shredded to pieces, allowing the disruptor blade to act as a powerful cutting and drilling tool and delivering devastating injuries.

A disruptor blade acts much like a rigid object. It maintains its integrity and will not pass through solid material objects except by destroying them (which might take a while for carboplast, carboweave, or shatterplate). One disruptor blade can block or parry another.

If a disruptor blade strikes at a foe and that foe defends himself with a melee weapon that is not a disruptor blade, a disruptor augmented melee weapon, or made of deflector-supported carboplast, then if the Def scores make the difference to whether the attack succeeds or fails, the disruptor blade will strike and damage the weapon. For practical purposes, this will simply break the defending weapon. The same effect occurs if you are attacked with a normal melee weapon and you successfully defend with your disruptor blade, this will also destroy the weapon that launched the incoming blow. If your defense succeeds by more than the Def score of the attacking weapon, you damage the arm of the attacker instead.

Disruptors do not get their AP score against deflector screens, energized armor, or deflector-supported matter.

The structure, support, and casing of disruptor blade emitters are made of carboplast that is reinforced with affector screens, as this is the only practical way for matter to resist the destruction of the disruptor. For game purposes, a disruptor blade will only damage deflector-supported carboplast if the carboplast is directly attacked with the intent to damage it.

DescriptionUseTypePen
(size +0)
WoundAPSharpBlunt
Wound
Def
(size +0)
Bulk
LengthMassPriceImbalWSizeWLen
Disruptor Knifethrust, 1HPierce+8½ RS+1½-5+6+1+00.30.3535+0-1¾-4
 swing, 1HSlash+6½ RS+4½-5+4+1+1
 throw, 1HPierce+7 RS+1½-5+6n/a+0
Disruptor Swordthrust, 1HPierce+8 RS+2-5+6+1+3+30.70.770+0-1-1
 swing, 1HSlash+6½ RS+5-5+4+1+3+1
Disr. Long Swordthrust, 1HPierce+8½ RS+2-5+6+1+4+411.2120+0+0
 swing, 1HSlash+7 RS+5-5+4+1+4+1
 thrust, 2HPierce+9½ RS+2-5+6+1+4+0
 swing, 2HSlash+8 RS+5-5+4+1+4+1
Disruptor Glaiveswing, 2HSlash+8½ RS+5-5+4+1+4+622200+1+0+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+10 RS+2-5+6+1+4+0

  • Disruptor Knife: A hilt that emits a disruptor blade with a length adjustable up to 30 cm long. Power: 3.5 kW, Duration: 200 seconds (3.5 minutes) on two standard lantern SMESs.
  • Disruptor Sword: A one-handed disruptor hilt with a blade up to 70 cm long. Power: 7 kW, Duration: 150 seconds (2.5 minutes) on three standard lantern SMESs.
  • Disruptor Long Sword: A one- or two-handed disruptor hilt with a blade up to a meter long. Power: 12 kW, Duration: 150 seconds (2.5 minutes) on five standard lantern SMESs.
  • Disruptor Glaive: A two-meter generator pole made of deflector-reinforced carboplast emits a disruptor blade up to half a meter long from one end. The reinforced shaft allows the glaive to parry other disruptor blades without breaking. The shaft can also strike as a staff. Power: 4.5 kW, Duration: 800 seconds (15 minutes) on ten standard lantern SMESs.

Disruptor Augmented Melee Weapons

Any standard melee weapon can be augmented by sheathing its active surface in a disruptor screen. The weapon must be made from or coated in carboplast, and reinforced with deflector screens in order to resist the disruptor fields flickering around it. Any weapon so augmented will have -5 to its AP, and Sharp and the Pen RS will both increase by 4 (this includes the benefit for making the weapon out of carboplast - if used without the disruptor screen, it gets the normal benefit of a carboplast weapon). Damage type remains the same (so a disruptor mace will inflict Smash damage, and a disruptor axe will inflict Hack damage. Note, however, that the disruptor screen will have no effect on any electroshock properties of the weapon, only its mechanical damage). A disruptor augmented weapon can block or parry disruptor blades and other disruptor augmented melee weapons. Disruptor-augmented weapons that parry or are parried by a normal melee weapon will break the opposing weapon in the same way as a disruptor blade.

Against deflector screens and energized armor, a disruptor augmented blade will lose the bonus to AP it gets for the disruptor effect. It still has any AP inherent to the weapon design and for its carboplast construction.

A disruptor augmented melee weapon will flicker and glow with a violet aura when activated, accompanied by humming and hissing and crackling and singing and the smell of ozone. Skin will tingle like an electric shock if it gets too close.

Power: 10 kW × weapon mass
Price: $100 × weapon mass

Nerve Disruptors

A disruptor screen can be adjusted to enhance its effects on the nervous system while minimizing the damage it causes. Weapons designed in this fashion are called nerve disruptors. The disruptor screen effect will cause no actual injury although impacts with the weapons material substance can cause damage in the normal fashion; contact with the energized portion of the weapon will cause neural stun with the a Dose of the figured Injury Score from the screen. Like all disruptors, they lose their AP score against deflector screens but the stun "injury" they cause does count toward knocking the screen down. Nerve disruptors are made of affector-supported carboplast, allowing them to parry other disruptor-based melee weapons.

DescriptionPenWoundAPMassPriceNotes
Nerve Gloves5+0-70.3120Kinetic damage as a punch.
Nerve Baton7+2-70.7200Kinetic damage as a nightstick.
Nerve Staff10+3-72300Kinetic damage as a staff.
Nerve Lash6+2-70.5200Kinetic and control damage as a medium whip.

  • Nerve Gloves: Gloves that deliver a nerve stun to anything touched, grabbed, or punched.
  • Nerve Baton: A club surrounded with the flickering aura of a nerve disruptor screen. Its handle is not energized, allowing its wielder to grip it safely
  • Nerve Staff: This quarterstaff has an end energized by a nerve disruptor screen.
  • Nerve Lash: A whip with an energized thong, delivering disruptor-stun to anyone it touches.

Gummi Melee Weapons

The Gummi's remarkable resilliance to physical damage, and the similar abilities of other life-forms on their planet, led them to develop unique weapons. These are usually based on fast-acting and potent venoms.

DescriptionUseTypePen
(size +0)
WoundAPSharpBlunt
Wound
Def
(size +0)
Bulk
LengthMassPriceImbalWSizeWLen
Stingerthrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+2+1+00.30.355+0-1¾-4
Spear-Stingerthrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+1+2+1+4+621.21.5+0+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+5½ RS+1+2+1+5+0
Spit-Stingerthrow, 1HPierce+3 RS+2n/a+00.30.355+0-1¾-4

  • Stinger: A stiff, sharp spike attached to a venom bladder via a flexible tube. The Gummi thrusts into its opponent and squeezes the bladder, injecting venom into its victim. Stingers of this design are small and easily concealable within the Gummi's body, roughly the size of a Human dagger. The bladder typically contains 3 doses of venom.
  • Spear-Stinger: A stinger-on-a-stick, to give the Gummi extra reach when fighting dangerous opponents. The venom bladder typically contains 7 doses.
  • Spit-Stinger: A stinger with an internal venom reservoir, set within an aerodynamic plug to allow the Gummi to spit it at its opponents. The reservoir contains one dose.

Gummi Venoms

The descriptions below describe the effects of one dose. If multiple doses are injected at once (or while under the effect of a previous injection), increase the number of cycles lasting less than a day by the number of doses. For example, if you are injected with three doses of paralysis venom, you take three cycles of one combat turn period and three cycles of one minute period at the listed Dose Score of 6. Periods of a day or longer have the effects occur together.
  • Paralysis Venom: A venom that causes rapid paralysis. Signs of exposure start with tingling and numbness of the face and extremities, progressing down the limbs to the body. Drooling, weakness, and loss of coordination and balance follow until the body is completely unresponsive. A deeply paralyzed individual no longer has obvious vital signs and may be mistaken for dead. To detect life in a paralysis venom victim in Severe Shock, roll a task of Heal with a DC of 9. A medscanner gives +6 to this task. Oddly, victims of paralysis venom remain conscious and aware even when apparently dead.
    • Dose: 6
    • Potency: 10.
    • Delay: 1 combat turn.
    • Period: one combat turn (first cycle), 1 minute (last cycle).
    • Cycles: 2.
    • Symptoms: -1 to Coordination, with an additional -1 penalty per Fatigue increment. Total paralysis at Mild Shock or worse. At the Severe Shock level, the body goes into a state of suspended animation – all Vigor checks to remain alive succeed automatically.
    • Healing: Value of [4-Vigor] kiloseconds (Value of [-Vigor] hours).

    Cost: $0.5/dose

  • Neurotoxic Venom: A very potent and fast-acting neurotoxin, derived from the venoms of some of the predators on Gummiland.
    • Dose: 3
    • Potency: 10.
    • Delay: 1 combat turn.
    • Period: one combat turn (first two cycles), 1 minute (third cycle), 4 kiloseconds (hour, fourth cycle), 100 kiloseconds (day, last two cycles).
    • Cycles: 6.
    • Symptoms: -1 to Coordination, with an additional -1 penalty to Coordination per Fatigue increment. Total paralysis at Mild Shock or worse. Death, if indicated, occurs by paralysis of the muscles used to breathe and subsequent asphyxiation. If given artificial respiration, the victim will survive.
    • Healing: Value of [2-Vigor] diurnals (days).

    Cost: $0.3/dose

  • Squirmicide Venom: A neurotoxin engineered to only affect Squirm. Use the stats for basic neurotoxin, except that it does not affect any creature other than Squirm (presumably it would also affect animals closely related to Squirm, but none of these are known).

    A given formulation of squirmicide is usually only effective against current and past strains of Squirm. New encounters are typically with novel Squirm strains that will be resistant to previously developed types of squirmicide. After encountering new strains, if samples can be delivered to a major research lab new formulations can be developed that are effective against the new strains.

  • Phototoxic Venom: A venom that shuts down the biological fiber optics that Gummis and related beings use for long-range signalling between their zooids. Phototoxic venom only affects Squirm, Gummis and related animals from Gummiland. Those affected by the venom will feel hot to the touch, experience dulled senses, become distracted, confused, and sleepy, and ultimately fall unconscious. Gummis will turn greenish-blue. Squirm will be unable to communicate with their infrared light-based "speech".
    • Dose: 3
    • Potency: 9.
    • Delay: 1 combat turn.
    • Period: one combat turn (first two cycles), 1 minute (third cycle), 4 kiloseconds (hour, fourth cycle).
    • Cycles: 3.
    • Symptoms: -1 to Smarts, Awareness, and Spirit, with an additional -1 penalty to Smarts, Awareness, and Spirit per Fatigue increment. Unconsciousness at Mild Shock or worse. At the first Fatigue increment, Squirm will be unable to "talk".
    • Healing: Value of [9-Vigor] kiloseconds (Value of [5-Vigor] hours).

    Cost: $0.2/dose

  • Dissolver Venom: This venom disrupts the mechanism that allows the zooids of Gummis and Squirm to attach together. Gummis, Squirm, and other related animals native to Gummiland will begin to fall apart, with the individual zooids dropping off. The zooids remail alive (unless killed while separated) and once they recover from the venom can re-assemble to form a Gummi or Squirm again – although if the injury was sufficient to "kill" the individual the mind that emerges will not be that of the original.

    Dissolver venom has no effect on beings not made up of zooids. All other sapient beings of the Verge except for Gummis and Squirm are not affected.

    • Dose: 7
    • Potency: 8.
    • Delay: 1 combat turn.
    • Period: one combat turn (first two cycles), 1 minute (next three cycles), 4 kiloseconds (hour, next two cycles).
    • Cycles: 7.
    • Symptoms: No actual Fatigue is taken, Instead, the victim suffers Injury Score equal to the Dose modified for Size and the Potency check.
    • Healing: Value of [11-Vigor] kiloseconds (Value of [7-Vigor] hours). If the Gummi "dies", when it re-assembles itself it will be at -5 to Smarts, Awareness, and Spirit for 100 kiloseconds (about a day), with the penalty reduced by 1 every 100 kiloseconds.

    Cost: $0.2/dose

Primitive Melee Weapons

Rocks

DescriptionUseTypePen
(size +0)
WoundAPSharpBlunt
Wound
Def
(size +0)
Bulk
LengthMassPriceImbalWSizeWLen
Small Rockswing, 1HSmash+1 RS+2½+0+0+2½+0-3½0.080.72.5+1-1-7½
 throw, 1HSmash+1 RS+2½+0+0+2½n/a+1
Medium Rockswing, 1HSmash+1 RS+3+0+0+3+0-30.11.24+1-7
 throw, 1HSmash+1 RS+3+0+0+3n/a+1
Big Rockswing, 2HSmash+2 RS+3½+0+0+3½+0-2½0.1226+1+0-6½
Really Big Rockswing, 2HSmash+2 RS+4+0+0+4+0-20.153.510+1-6
Small Handaxeswing, 1HSmash+2 RS+2+0+2+0-3½0.080.72.5+1-1-7½
Medium Handaxeswing, 1HSmash+2 RS+2½+0+2½+0-30.11.24+1-7
Big Handaxeswing, 2HSmash+3 RS+3+0+3+0-2½0.1226+1+0-6½

  • Rock: Welcome to the stone age. Being suddenly cut off from interstellar civilization must have hit your civilization pretty hard, eh? Well, somehow you and your band have managed to survive, probably by making use of our species's ability to bash things with rocks. Like this one. Rocks come in several general categories – small, medium, big, and really big, and they all can be used to bash people from the other tribes over the head.
  • Handaxe: Wow! Your band must be moving up in the world. You've figured out how to chip rock to have a pointy bit at one end. This lets you hit harder with it. Be sure to hold on to the rounded end and not the pointy end when smashing things.
  • Stone Blades: Hey! These chipped rock things can be really useful! Chert, flint, obsidian, or glass scavenged from the ruins can be made into sharp blades for flaying your enemy's flesh from his bones to bring valuable protein back to your tribe. But it can also be used to bring your enemy down in the first place. Many kinds of spear can have blades made from stone, as can the occasional dagger (or even swords, for things like the macuahuitl – or lieomano using predator's teeth instead of stone blades). Its not quite as good as metal – for thrusting and throwing attacks Sharp and the Pen RS are both reduced by ½, while for swing attacks Wound is reduced by ½.

Clubs

DescriptionUseTypePen
(size +0)
WoundAPSharpBlunt
Wound
Def
(size +0)
Bulk
LengthMassPriceImbalWSizeWLen
Truncheonswing, 1HSmash+2½ RS+1+0+0+1+1+10.40.50.6+2-1½-3
 throw, 1HSmash+2½ RS+1+0+0+1n/a+2
Rodswing, 1HSmash+3 RS+1+0+0+1+4+411.21.5+1+0
 swing, 2HSmash+4 RS+1+0+0+1+4+1
 throw, 1HSmash+3 RS+1+0+0+1n/a+1
Cudgelswing, 1HSmash+3 RS+1½+0+0+1½+2+3½0.81.21.5+2
 swing, 2HSmash+4 RS+1½+0+0+1½+2+2
 throw, 1HSmash+3 RS+1½+0+0+1½n/a+2
Stone Axeswing, 1HSmash+3½ RS+2+0+2+2+4124+2+0+0
 swing, 2HSmash+4½ RS+2+0+2+2+2
 throw, 1HSmash+3½ RS+2+0+2n/a+2
Light Staffswing, 2HSmash+4 RS+1+0+0+1+5+621.21.5+1+2
Staffswing, 2HSmash+4½ RS+1+0+0+1+4+6222.5+1+0+2
Round Maceswing, 1HSmash+1½ RS+3+0+0+3+2+3½0.81.23.5+2
 swing, 2HSmash+2½ RS+3+0+0+3+2+2
 throw, 1HSmash+1½ RS+3+0+0+3n/a+2
Maulswing, 1HSmash+2 RS+3+0+0+3+2+4½1.226+2+0
 swing, 2HSmash+3 RS+3+0+0+3+2+2
Flanged Maceswing, 1HSmash+4 RS+1+1+2+3½0.81.23.5+2
 swing, 2HSmash+5 RS+1+1+2+2
 throw, 1HSmash+4 RS+1+1n/a+2
War Clubswing, 1HSmash+4½ RS+1+1+2+4½1.226+2+0
 swing, 2HSmash+5½ RS+1+1+2+2

  • Truncheon: An eternal favorite - hitting things with a stout, sturdy stick. A truncheon, as described here, is a relatively short club.
  • Rod: Hitting things with sticks never goes out of style. As described here, a rod is an unornamented and evenly balanced club.
  • Cudgel: You can hit things even harder if you have a significant weight at the end of your club. This gives what is described here as a cudgel.
  • Stone Axe: Innovation! You've figured out how to combine a club with a handaxe. Good for you. It hits harder and can be used for things like chopping down trees as well as bashing skulls.
  • Staff: A good, stout stick has always been a popular weapon for seeing off ruffians. It's cheap, can be used as a walking stick or pole, doesn't look all that suspicious, and gives good defensive capabilities.
  • Round Mace: Metal armor is very hard to penetrate, so why bother trying to bust through it? Just batter the other guy to pieces inside his armor. Get a big, heavy chunk of metal and put in on the end of a stick.
  • Maul: If you want something for bashing through armor with a bit more oomph than your basic mace, you can use a heavier head and a longer pole to really lay down the hurt.
  • Flanged Mace: But wait! If we start with a mace and add pointy flanges to the chunk of metal, it concentrates the impact even more, meaning you actually have a better chance of punching through that dang armor. Many other weapons can be treated as flanged maces, such as morning stars and spiked clubs.
  • War Club: A war club is a larger version of the flanged mace – a big stick with a metal head that has spikey pokey bits sticking out of it.

Blades

DescriptionUseTypePen
(size +0)
WoundAPSharpBlunt
Wound
Def
(size +0)
Bulk
LengthMassPriceImbalWSizeWLen
Daggerthrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+1½+0+2+1+00.30.355+0-1¾-4
 swing, 1HSlash+2½ RS+4½+0+0+1+1
 throw, 1HPierce+3 RS+1½+0+2n/a+0
Stillettothrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+2+1+00.30.355+0-1¾-4
Short Swordthrust, 1HPierce+4 RS+2+0+2+1+2+20.50.712+0-1-2
 swing, 1HSlash+2½ RS+5+0+0+1+2+1
Swordthrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+2+0+2+1+3+30.71.218+0-1
 swing, 1HSlash+3 RS+5+0+0+1+3+1
Saberthrust, 1HPierce+4 RS+2+0+1½+1+3+30.71.218+0-1
 swing, 1HSlash+3 RS+5½+0+0+1+3+1
Cutlassswing, 1HHack+4 RS+4+0+1+2+30.71.218+2-1
Rapierthrust, 1HPierce+4 RS+1+0+2+0+4+410.712+0-1+0
 swing, 1HSlash+2½ RS+3+0+0+0+4+1
Smallswordthrust, 1HPierce+4 RS+0+2+4+3½0.80.457+0-1½
Long Swordthrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+2+0+2+1+3+411.525+0+0
 swing, 1HSlash+3 RS+5+0+0+1+3+1
 thrust, 2HPierce+5½ RS+2+0+2+1+3+0
 swing, 2HSlash+4 RS+5+0+0+1+3+1
Estocthrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+1+2+1+3+411.525+0+0
 thrust, 2HPierce+5½ RS+1+2+1+3+0
Great Swordthrust, 2HPierce+6 RS+2+0+2+1+3+4½1.2230+0+0
 swing, 2HSlash+4½ RS+5+0+0+1+3+1

  • Dagger: Daggers are common backup weapons when something goes very badly wrong with your primary weapon, and are favorites of lowlifes and thugs everywhere. Not to mention that you can use them to cut your lunch, prepare dinner, skin game, trim lines, or whittle shapes from wood. If you've reached this point, you've probably figured out how to smelt metal (or at least scavenge steel from the ruins), but some daggers are made from chipped flint for -½ to Pen RS and Sharp if used to thrust or throw, or -½ to Wound if used to swing.
  • Stilletto: A dagger with a stiff pointed spike rather than a proper blade. It is useful for punching through armor.
  • Short Sword: Make a knife long enough, and you get a sword. This short sword is about the maximum length of a blade that you can make with bronze before it starts bending too much when you hit with it, but can also be used for intermediate-length steel blades.
  • Sword: A basic sword is a versitile weapon, capable of penetrating thrusts and wicked slashes, long enough to keep miscreants at a distance, and agile enough for a spirited defense. While never quite as capable as more dedicated battlefield weapons, it is a lot more convenient to carry around - just try going to the king's feast with a glaive at your side! This description can apply to European-style swords such as arming swords and spathas or straight cut-and-thrust Asian swords such as the jian.
  • Saber: The traditional saber is a slashing sword with a single edged curved blade, favored by cavalry. The same description can be used for any sword that favors cuts over thrusts, including scimitars, liuyedaos, piandaos, and some broadswords. Some sabers can be used two-handed, with +1 to Pen, such as katanas.
  • Cutlass: A cutlass is a heavy, chopping blade for powerful hewing strokes. , it is capable of hacking up unarmored foes and battering armored adversaries even through their mail. Other heavy chopping swords such as falchions and Niuweidaos can be treated as cutlasses.
  • Rapier: A long, nimble thrusting sword. It is a common civillian weapon, used for dueling or self-defense.
  • Smallsword: A light civilian sidearm, light and fast for good defensive action and convenient to carry. Smallswords are designed entirely for thrusting, and lack sharpened blades except at the tip.
  • Long Sword: When your basic sword doesn't give you enough hewing power, you make it bigger. A long sword can be wielded one handed like a normal sword, or two handed for that much extra oomph.
  • Estoc: A stiff, two-handed thrusting sword for attacking heavy armor. It has no actual blade, just a long sharp spike for stabbing.
  • Great Sword: A large two-handed sword for dealing powerful blows.

Axes

DescriptionUseTypePen
(size +0)
WoundAPSharpBlunt
Wound
Def
(size +0)
Bulk
LengthMassPriceImbalWSizeWLen
Throwing Axeswing, 1HHack+3½ RS+4+0+1+1+1½0.450.77+2-1-2½
 throw, 1HHack+3½ RS+4+0+1n/a+2
Fighting Axeswing, 1HHack+4 RS+4+0+1+2+3½0.81.212+2
 swing, 2HHack+5 RS+4+0+1+2+2
 throw, 1HHack+4 RS+4+0+1n/a+2
War Axeswing, 1HHack+4½ RS+4+0+1+2+4½1.2212+2+0
 swing, 2HHack+5½ RS+4+0+1+2+2
Battleaxeswing, 1HHack+4½ RS+4+0+1+2+4½1.2212+2+0
 swing, 1HPierce+6 RS+1+2+1+2+2
 thrust, 1HPierce+5 RS+2+0+2+1+2+0
 swing, 2HHack+5½ RS+4+0+1+2+2
 swing, 2HPierce+7 RS+1+2+1+2+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+6 RS+2+0+2+1+2+0
Horseman's Axeswing, 1HHack+4 RS+4+0+1+2+3½0.81.212+2
 swing, 1HPierce+5½ RS+1+2+1+2+2
 thrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+2+0+2+1+2+0
 throw, 1HHack+4 RS+4+0+1n/a+2
 swing, 2HHack+5 RS+4+0+1+2+2
 swing, 2HPierce+6½ RS+1+2+1+2+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+5½ RS+2+0+2+1+2+0
Warhammerswing, 1HSmash+4½ RS+1+1+2+4½1.2212+2+0
 swing, 1HPierce+6 RS+1+2+1+2+2
 thrust, 1HPierce+5 RS+2+0+2+1+2+0
 swing, 2HSmash+5½ RS+1+1+2+2
 swing, 2HPierce+7 RS+1+2+1+2+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+6 RS+2+0+2+1+2+0

  • Throwing Axe: Like you probably guessed from the name, this is an axe, and can be thrown. Franciscas, tomahawks, and nzappa zaps commonly fall under this category (although the larger varieties of any of these might rate as a fighting axe instead).
  • Fighting Axe: An axe lets you put in powerful blows for chopping to pieces anyone not in armor, or bashing armored people to a pulp. The inner edge of the axe blade can be used to hook an opponent, allowing a grappling attack with your weapon.
  • War Axe: Sometimes those crazy primitives decide a normal axe isn't big enough, so they make one of these shoulder-high variants with a great big chopping blade. Historically, they were variously called Dane axes, sparth axes, long axes, Bardiches, and Lochaber axes.
  • Battleaxe: This is an axe that seemed to take a bit of everything else and add it on. It has a heavy axe blade that can chop and batter a foe even inside his armor, a back spike that can punch through armor, and a spear point for thrusting and defensive use. The axe blade and the pick can be used to grapple, and are designed to allow hooking a horseman and dragging him to the ground.
  • Horseman's Axe: This is a cavalryman's axe, a more compact version of the battleaxe for use from horseback.
  • Warhammer: A warhammer has a flat head for delivering impacts through armor, and a back spike for punching holes in armor.

Polearms

DescriptionUseTypePen
(size +0)
WoundAPSharpBlunt
Wound
Def
(size +0)
Bulk
LengthMassPriceImbalWSizeWLen
Spearthrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+2+0+2+1+4+621.25+0+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+5½ RS+2+0+2+1+5+0
 throw, 1HPierce+4½ RS+2+0+2+1n/a+0
Javelinthrust, 1HPierce+4 RS+2+0+2+1+4+620.74.5+0-1+2
 throw, 1HPierce+4 RS+2+0+2+1n/a+0
Long Spearthrust, 2HPierce+6 RS+2+0+2+1+4+7326+0+0+3
Pikethrust, 2HPierce+6½ RS+2+0+2+1+4+8448+0+4
Hewing Spearswing, 2HSlash+4½ RS+5+0+0+1+4+62212+1+0+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+6 RS+2+0+2+1+4+0
Glaiveswing, 2HSlash+4½ RS+5½+0+0+1+4+62212+1+0+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+5½ RS+2+0+1½+1+4+0
Voulgeswing, 2HHack+5½ RS+4+0+1+3+62212+2+0+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+5½ RS+2+0+1½+1+3+0
Halberdswing, 2HHack+5½ RS+4+0+1+3+62212+2+0+2
 swing, 2HPierce+7 RS+1+2+1+3+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+6 RS+2+0+2+1+3+0

  • Spear: If you put a knife on a stick, you get a spear. Spears have always been the dominant weapon of the pre-firearm battlefield, and this is still true in regressed worlds of the Verge. Spears let you strike at an enemy while he is still some distance away, and keep him far enough away that he may not be able to hit you. They allow powerful piercing blows that can skewer a man or beast, and can be thrown to strike a foe at range. If you don't have metal available, spear points can be made from chipped stone for -½ to Pen RS and Sharp.
  • Javelin: A light spear designed for throwing. If you don't have metal available, javelin points can be made from chipped stone for -½ to Pen RS and Sharp.
  • Long Spear: Sometimes a normal spear just isn't long enough. Then you make your spears longer, so that you can skewer people with normal spears before they get to you. Like normal spears, long spears can be equipped with stone points if you don't have anything better, for -½ to Pen RS and Sharp.
  • Pike: A very long spear, used en masse in tight formations to keep the enemy at a distance.
  • Hewing Spear: If a spear is a knife-on-a-stick, then a hewing spear is a sword-on-a-stick. All manner of cultures fiddled around with making their spear heads larger and more devastating, resulting in a variety of variants on the spear or polearm that could slash as well as stab. In addition to the classic hewing spear, this basic design can also be used to represent partisans, spontoons, swordstaffs, half-pikes, and ox-tongue spears.

    The basic stats for a hewing spear without the swung slashing attack can also be used for a heavy spear – the sort of thing you might use to go hunting mammoth. Points for a heavy spear can be made from chipped stone for -½ to Pen RS and Sharp.

  • Glaive: Now we get to a saber-on-a-stick. The glaive had a curved, slashing blade mounted on the end of a pole. Many other pole weapons, such as sovnyas, fauchards, naginatas, jeddart staves, war scythes, and thin-bladed guandaos are functionally the same and can use the same stats to describe them.
  • Voulge: Now that we have put every other kind of blade on a stick, we might as well get a cleaver-on-a-stick. A voulge has a heavy chopping blade mounted on a pole, almost like a very long axe. Various other heavy chopping pole weapons are functionally the same, such as the larger bills, thick-bladed guandaos, and true axes on long poles.
  • Halberd: The craze for adding hooks and spikes and picks to axes also applies to longer weapons, giving us the halberd – the Swiss army knife of polearms. It has an axe blade for delivering devastating cuts, a back spike for punching through armor, and a spear tip for keeping enemies at bay. The same stats can be used for a variety of other pole weapons, such as military bills, voulge-guisarmes, and polaxes.

Grappling Melee Weapons

DescriptionUseTypePen
(size +0)
WoundAPSharpBlunt
Wound
Def
(size +0)
Bulk
LengthMassPriceImbalWSizeWLen
StrapwrapControl[+1 RS][+1]+0+0+1+1/+4+410.30.4+0-2+0
Whip, Shortswing, 1HSmash+2 RS+1+0+0+1+4/+1+410.34+0-2+0
 wrapControl[+0 RS][+1]+0+0+1+4/+1+0
Whip, Mediumswing, 1HSmash+2 RS+1+0+0+1+4/+1+620.457+0-1½+2
 wrapControl[+0 RS][+1]+0+0+1+4/+1+0
Whip, Longswing, 1HSmash+2 RS+1+0+0+1+4/+1+730.712+0-1+3
 wrapControl[+0 RS][+1]+0+0+1+4/+1+0
Short Chainswing, 1HSmash+2 RS+1+0+0+1+4/+1+4113+0+0
 wrapControl[+0 RS][+1]+0+0+1+4/+1+0
Medium Chainswing, 1HSmash+2½ RS+1+0+0+1+4/+1+621.55+0+2
 wrapControl[+0 RS][+1]+0+0+1+4/+1+0
Long Chainswing, 1HSmash+3 RS+1+0+0+1+4/+1+732.57+0+3
 wrapControl[+0 RS][+1]+0+0+1+4/+1+0
Manrikiswing, 1HSmash+3 RS+1+0+0+1+3/+1+410.72+2-1+0
 wrapControl[+0 RS][+1]+0+0+1+3/+1+2
Weighted Chainswing, 1HSmash+4 RS+1+0+0+1+3/+1+6226+2+0+2
 wrapControl[+0 RS][+1]+0+0+1+3/+1+2
Spiked Chainswing, 1HSmash+4½ RS+1+1+3/+1+6226+2+0+2
 wrapControl[+0 RS][+1]+1+3/+1+2
Crookswing, 2HSmash+3½ RS+1+0+0+1+5+6211+1+2
 hookControl[+2 RS][+0]+0+0+1+5+1
LassothrowControl[+0 RS][+2]+0+0+1n/a+5101.21.8+0+7
NetthrowControl[+0 RS][+0]+0+0+1n/a+6½2.534.5+0+2½
 swingControl[+0 RS][+0]+0+0+1+4+0
Bolasswing, 1HSmash+2½ RS+1+0+0+1+3/+1+51.50.450.6+2-1½+1
 throw, 1HSmash+2½ RS+1+0+0+1n/a+2
 wrapControl[+0 RS][+1]+0+0+1+3/+1+2
Gaffswing, 1HPierce+4½ RS+1+0+1+1+4+6222.5+1+0+2
 swing, 2HPierce+5½ RS+1+0+1+1+4+1
 hookControl[+1 RS][+1]+0+1+4+1
Harpoonthrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+2+0+2+1+4+621.21.5+0+2
 thrust, 2HPierce+5½ RS+2+0+2+1+5+0
 throw, 1HPierce+4½ RS+2+0+2+1n/a+0
 throwControl[+1 RS][+3]+0+1n/a+1
  • Strap: A belt, cord, length of rope or chain, or other long flexible object held in both hands and used to block, wrap, and execute grappling techniques. It cannot be used at any distance greater than the attacker's Reach. Any of the other flexible weapons in this section (whips, chains) can be used as a strap by holding it in two hands.
  • Whip: A length of braided cord, or thong, attached to a handle. In combat, it can be used to strike or to wrap the thong around the opponent in order to grapple. Short whips are often used as flogs to deliver corporal punishment. Longer whips are common for driving livestock, usually using the sound of the crack rather than directly striking the animal. If coiled for storage, it is only Bulk +1. It can be cut through by penetrating an Armor Roll of 2d6, -4 RS with hack, slash, or burn type damage.
  • Chain: A length of chain used to strike and wrap opponents. If the chain is held in both hands such that it's length is reduced by the user's reach but it can be used as both a strap or a chain whip, as needed. When stowed, a chain is only Bulk +0 (if short or medium) or +1 (if long). Cutting through a chain requires penetrating an armor roll of 2d6, +3 RS.
  • Manriki: A light weighted chain. It can be easily concealed and makes a handy self-defense weapon (treat as Bulk -1 when stored coiled). Cutting the manriki requires penetrating an armor roll of 2d6, +1 RS.
  • Weighted Chain: A chain with a heavy metal weight at the end, to increase striking force. When stowed, treat it as only Bulk +1. Cutting through the chain requires penetrating an armor roll of 2d6, +3 RS.
  • Spiked Chain: A weighted chain with spikes or flanges added to the weight. When stowed, treat it as only Bulk +1. Cutting through the chain requires penetrating an armor roll of 2d6, +3 RS.
  • Crook: A light staff with a large loop or hook at one end for catching and controlling animals – although it can also be used against people or other objects.
  • Lasso: A length of stiff rope tied with a slip-knot loop or noose on one end. The noose is thrown to catch a target, then pulled tight to hold on. After throwing, it will take an action to recover and prepare the lasso before it can be thrown again. Cutting the lasso rope requires penetrating an armor roll of 2d6, -3 RS.
  • Net: A 2½-meter diameter cast net, that can be thrown on a target or swung to entangle them.

    Those who encounter a net are grappled with an effective Strength of their own Brawn plus 2 × an effective Size of the lower of their own Size and the Size of the net (this net has Size +½). An active attempt to grapple using a net also adds the attacker's usual Control based on their Strength. Escaping a net's Control is a task of Coordination + Escape and Restrain skill against DC 5. Any action requiring vigorous physical mothion (including escaping) will require a second task of Coordination + Escape and Restrain skill against the DC of 5. Failure results in getting even more tangled up – the net gains more control with the same effective Strength as for the initial encounter.

    Those caught in a net can be cut free. Slashing, hacking, and burning attacks can all damage the net (although hacking and burning attacks will also affect those caught in the net). Find the Injury Thresholds for Brawn +0 and the effective Size of the entanglement (for a Size +0 victim, this is Mi:1.5, Mo:3, Sr:5, Sv:10, Di:20, Ex:40, Gn:70). This gives the damage to that part of the net currently entangling the victim, not the whole net. Every Moderate injury to the net removes one Control point (4 Control for Serious, 16 Control for Severe, 64 Control + breaking such that Escape & Restrain DCs are 2 less for Dire, and complete breaking to fully remove the tangle for Extreme).

  • Bolas: A pair or trio of weights attached by cords. They are swung overhead and thrown, often aiming for the legs, so that they wrap around and entagle their target. If coiled for storage, it is Bulk -1. Cutting the bolas rope requires penetrating an armor roll of 2d6,-5 RS.
  • Gaff: A gaff is a hook set on the end of a long pole. It is used to pierce the body of a target and hold it or control it. Gaffs are usually used to snag fish from the water and drag them back up to the fisher.
  • Harpoon: A harpoon is a barbed spear, usually attached to a rope. It is usually thrown, but any attack is treated as an attack to grapple, inflicting Control damage in addition to Pierce damage on a hit. Harpoons are usually used to catch marine animals, tethering them to the surface so that they will eventually tire and be able to be dispatched by hunters from boats.

Tweechi Melee Weapons

DescriptionUseTypePen
(size -1½)
WoundAPSharpBlunt
Wound
Def
(size -1½)
Bulk
LengthMassPriceImbalWSizeWLen
Head-Daggerthrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+0+0+2-1+1-1½0.180.081.2+0-3¼-5½
 swing, 1HSlash+2½ RS+3+0+0-1+1+1
Spearthrust, 1HPierce+4½ RS+0+2+4+4½1.20.30.35+0-2
 throw, 1HPierce+4½ RS+0+2n/a+0
Dartthrust, 1HPierce+3½ RS+0+2+4+4½1.20.180.2+0-2½
 throw, 1HPierce+4 RS+0+2n/a+0
NetthrowControl[+0 RS][+0]+0+0+1n/a+6223+0+0+2
 swingControl[+0 RS][+0]+0+0+1+4+0

  • Head-Dagger: A blade gripped in a Tweechi's palps, to deliver attacks with a striking action of the Tweechi's snake-like neck.
  • Spear: A spear sized for a Tweechi. Tweechi traditionally fought and hunted by dropping spears on their targets. They would grip the spear in their rear graspers, dive at their quarry, and flick their abdomen forward to fling the projectile. Alternately, they would use the spear as a lance, gripping the shaft as they struck in a fly-by attack. Pre-Gummi contact, spear points would have been made from chipped stone for -½ to Pen RS and Sharp. In the current Verge, however, they use steel or carboplast-lined tungsten composite like everyone else.
  • Dart: A smaller spear, mostly used for dropping and fly-by flinging.
  • Net: Another common hunting and fighting weapon for the pre-contact Tweechi, and still popular today. The Tweechi would drop or fling the net on their target. A common tactic in warfare was to throw the net over another Tweechi, entangling its wings so it fell to its doom.

    This net is 2 meters in diameter, giving it an effective Size score of +0. It uses the rules for nets given in the section on grappling weapons.

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