One-Handed Axes


The axe, as a tool and as a weapon, has existed since long before the cataclysm and is said to be almost as old as the spear or the bow. The first examples of recorded history show axes in use in many domestic and agricultural roles, most notably in construction and woodcutting. Their place in warfare is equally ancient, and several surviving military textbooks from as early as the reign of Tulcas detail their proper use on the battlefield. Most primitive axes were almost always wood hafted weapons, the heads of which were made of carved bone, or stone chipped to an edge. Bronze heads and shafts came about much later and were common by the time of the founding of the Republic. More recently, increasing numbers of axes are making good use of the strength of iron and boisin since the typical small axe-head requires less metal to craft than most gladii and even some fighting dirks.

In combat, the preferred axe is usually a one-handed variant with a single blade. Two-handed axes are not unheard of, but because of the skill and sheer strength required to successfully wield such a weapon in combat they are not common outside of logging. There are exceptions, however. The Blackroots are well known for their two-handed battle-axes and have a distinct fighting style for their use. (Blackroot tribesmen are also generally much stronger than the denizens of surrounding lands and so are more capable of handling such large axes in combat).

The main advantages of the axe, as opposed to simply choosing a sword or club-type weapon, are that the axe is better at chopping and slashing than a blunt weapon and can typically cause more grievous wounds than a sword. On the other hand, the axe is a poor defensive weapon and is more unwieldy and slower in use than a well-balanced gladius. Usually, if the bearer of the axe is inexperienced or poorly trained, it's a trivial matter for a skilled swordsman to get inside of the axe's arc and stab away. However, given and experienced wielder who knows how to use it, an axe can be a very deadly weapon.

Skill Info Ranks Taught by Trainer
Skills/Actions Difficulty Hands Range Wound Hroth Kerta Protarian
One-Handed Axes Easy - - - 130 110 75
Axe Hand Toss Easy 1 - - 120 90 70
Axe Feint Average Either - - 120 90 70
Axe Throw Average Either Missile Cut 120 90 70
Axe Basic Chop Easy Either Short Cut 120 90 70
Axe Longarm Strike Average Either Short Pierce 120 90 70
Axe Overhead Strike Average Either Short Pierce 120 90 70
Axe Pivot Smash Average Either Short Bruise 120 90 70
Axe Pivoting Longarm Difficult Either Short Pierce 120 90 70
Axe Side Strike Average 2 Short Cut 120 90 70
Axe Slash Easy Either Short Cut 120 90 70
Axe Head Swat Easy Either Short Bruise 120 90 70
Axe Chopping Block Difficult Either - - 120 90 70
Axe Hook Difficult Either - - 120 90 70
Axe Loosening Toss Average Either Short - 120 90 70
Axe Shield-Breaker Easy Either Short - 120 90 70
Axe Crossblock Average Either - - 120 90 70
Axe Leg Strike Difficult Either Short Bruise - 90 70
Axe Accuracy Difficult - - - 120 90 75
Axe Grip Impossible - - - 120 90 75
Axe Stepping Chop Average Either Short Cut 120 90 70
Axe Stepping Leg Strike Difficult Either Short Bruise 120 90 70
Parcine Raider Stance Easy - - - - 90 70
Skill Prerequisites
Axe Throw 10 Ranks in Axe Hand Toss
Axe Pivoting Longarm 20 ranks in Axe Longarm Strike
20 Ranks in Axe Pivot Smash
Axe Loosening Toss 10 Ranks in Axe Hand Toss
Axe Stepping Chop 40 Ranks in Axe Basic Chop
Axe Stepping Leg Strike 40 Ranks in Axe Leg Strike

Directions to Protarian (Iridine): Walk to Bronze Lane, Ex2, NEx2, Nx1, Ex6, Sx1
Directions to Kerta (Town of Rock Valley): Walk to Hospice, wait for drover to appear, follow drover, Ex10, Nx2, Wx3, Nx9, Ex2, Nx2, E, Nx3
Directions to Hroth (Stromheim): Travel to Stromheim through the Rock Valley wilderness.


Axe Hand Toss handtoss

This maneuver is, essentially, leaving oneself open while tossing the axe overhead. Being weighted like a common hammer, only in a more extreme way, it pivots around its head. If successful, the wielder ends up with the axe in a combat grip in the other hand. If unsuccessful (and this is a hard one to mess up), the wielder drops the axe, misses the catch, grabs the blade and drops it, or even, very rarely, smacks himself in the head with a half dozen pounds of axe-head. The hand toss is practiced to familiarize wielders with the balance of the weapon, and not used in battle, unless one wants to show utter contempt for the opponent. It can look impressive in the arena- but will only be done -before- the fight starts.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak tosses an axe up into the air, the weapon revolving swiftly around it's head as it spins, but fails to catch it as it comes down, clattering onto the ground instead.


Axe Feint feint

Similar to a feint with other weapons, the wielder attempts to distract the opponent and create an opening in his defenses. The difficulty for a feint to be used is dependant on the opponents overall fighting ability, a less skilled opponent will fall for a feint easier then a more skilled warrior.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak leans forward, feigning a strike at a thug with his axe.


Axe Throw throw <axe>

A powerful throwing attack, used best at a shorter range. You should be practiced in Hand Toss before learning throw, if not, you suffer severe penalties on your throwing success. Swaying Dodge protects against this attack.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak throws an axe at a thug, but misses.


Axe Basic Chop chop

The most basic attack with the axe, this is the common strike of the beginner. Because of the balance and leverage of the axe it does significantly more damage than a chop with a gladius. It automatically aims high, and cannot be aimed otherwise.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak brings down his tin axe in a chopping motion aimed at a thug, but misses.


Axe Longarm Strike longarm

One-handed, the wielder gives away some of his defensive balance for a moment, putting his weight and the laws of physics behind this strike. If totally successful, it puts the entire six-pound weight of the axe's head, moved at the end of a lever as long as the wielder's arm plus three feet, behind a razor-sharp tip. This inflicts a really grevious wound, and may go right through a bronze shield or breastplate, much to everyone's surprise.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak steps forward, grasping his tin axe in one hand tightly and lifting it above his head, before striking downwards in a powerful blow aimed at a thug! He suffers a puncture to his right hand.


Axe Overhead Strike overhead

Two-handed, the wielder does the same thing as with a Longarm Strike, but with even more force behind it. This maneuver, statistically, is more likely to have total success, inflict more damage, and penetrate armor. The one catch, of course, being the 'two-handed' part.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak steps forward, grasping his tin axe in both hands tightly and lifting it above his head, before striking downwards in a powerful blow aimed at a thug! He suffers a puncture to his right hand.


Axe Pivot Smash smash

The wielder pivots to face right or left while smashing indiscriminately at the opponent. The resultant attack is more likely to hit, but has no chance of being a cut or pierce, only a blunt strike. It is more powerful than a simple swat, but cannot be aimed with precision.

When you see this in use you see:
Pivoting on one foot, a man in a hooded cloak turns halfway while smashing indiscriminately at a thug using the axes head, but misses.


Axe Pivoting Longarm pivot

This is no doubt the most powerful axe attack. The wielder takes the full strength of his body, focused in a swift pivoting motion, and puts it behind the leverage of a longarm strike. This combined force is then concentrated into the relatively small edge of the axe-head and often results in incapacitating wounds. A highly refined version of the common sidestrike, this powerful blow is the most damaging available to single-handed axes.

When you see this in use you see:
Pivoting on one foot, a man in a hooded cloak keeps his own arm straight as he turns half way and gives a thug a vicious blow with his bronze axe. He suffers a severe puncture to his waist.


Axe Side Strike sidestrike

Similar to sidestrikes with other weapons, the wielder clutches the axe in both hands and attempts a powerful horizontal strike.

When you see this in use you see:
Using both arms, a man in a hooded cloak brings his axe around toward a thug in a powerful sidestrike, but misses.


Axe Slash slash

A single-handed attack using the axe's blade which takes little effort to master.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak slashes horizontally at a thug with the blade of his tin axe. He suffers a cut to his right thigh.


Axe Head Swat swat

The wielder attempts to swat at the opponent using the flat end of the axes blade. A relatively weak bruising attack Head Swat is used to avoid the spilling of blood.

When you see this in use you see:
Using the flat of a tin axe's head, a man in a hooded cloak swats at a thug, but misses.


Axe Chopping Block

In a tricky move requiring good timing and aim, the wielder chops downwards at an opponent's weapon, trying to a direct attack by knocking it off it's course or into the ground.

When you see this in use you see:
Chopping downward with his axe, a man in a hooded cloak deflects a thug's dirk.


Axe Hook hook

The wielder entangles the opponent's weapon with his own and tries to throw the opponent's weapon away using brute strength. The opponent has a chance to free his weapon as well (Type: free <weapon>).

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak makes a wide swing at a thug. He only manages to jostle a thug's grip on a tin dagger with his tin axe.


Axe Loosening Toss loose <weapon>

When entangled, you flip the axe away, and attempt to wield it once again. It will throw off the opponent when successful, but if you mess up, you could drop the axe.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak casts his axe forward, letting go of the haft, but miscalculates and sends it flying off harmlessly.
Giving it just enough of a push, a man in a hooded cloak lets go of his axe, sending it whirling about a tin dagger before returning to his hands, freed!


Axe Shield-Breaker break

The wielder aims wide, deliberately aiming for the shield of their opponent, putting significant force behind the blow. If it succeeds, the shield will take significant damage, possibly even breaking under the impact of the blow.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak swings his iron axe in a wide arc, aiming for a thug's shield arm! The attack strikes a thug's long shield!


Axe Crossblock

One-handed or two, the wielder swings the weapon perpendicular to the line between him and the opponent, attempting to knock the attacker's weapon off its path.

When you see this in use you see:
Swing his axe horizontally, a man in a hooded cloak knocks away a thug's dirk.


Axe Leg Strike legstrke

The wielder aims a vicious blow at the opponent's lower legs. If the maneuver succeeds, there is a chance of tripping the opponent (Defender's agility may counter this. The higher the strength of the character, the greater the effectiveness). This attack is much like Clubs Leg Strike in that it doesn't always knock the person down.

When you see this in use you see:
In a vicious lateral blow, a man in a hooded cloak twists his axe towards a brute in a powerful low strike but fails to hit.


Axe Accuracy

With enough training in Accuracy, you are able to raise your perception in combat situations. A grandmaster in this skill will be equivalent to low-end great perception.

When you see this in use you see:
(This is a passive skill that improves your perception, making it easier to hit targets.)


Axe Grip

With enough training in Grip, you are able to raise your dexterity in combat situations. A grandmaster in this skill will be equivalent to low-end great dexterity.

When you see this in use you see:
(This is a passive skill that improves your dexterity, making it significantly easier to hit targets.)

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