Two 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 using 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 an 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 Clobris Hroth
Two-handed Axes - - - - 90 150
2H Axe Ankle Hook Difficult 2 Short - 65 125
2H Axe Arm Hook Difficult 2 Short - 65 125
2H Axe Backhand Strike Difficult 2 Short Pierce 65 125
2H Axe Basic Slash Easy 2 Short Cut 65 125
2H Axe Cross Chop Average 2 Short Cut 65 125
2H Axe Crossing Block Average 2 - - 65 125
2H Axe Falling Strike Difficult 2 Close Cut 65 125
2H Axe Haft Block Average 2 - - 65 125
2H Axe Haft Strike Easy 2 Short Bruise 65 125
2H Axe Head Block Difficult 2 - - 65 125
2H Axe Hip Slash Average 2 Either Cut 65 125
2H Axe Hook Average 2 Short - 65 125
2H Axe Chop Easy 2 Either Cut 65 125
2H Axe Swinging Disarm Average 2 Short - 65 125
2H Axe Up Slash Difficult 2 Either Cut 65 125
2H Axe Woodcutter Slash Average 2 Close Cut 65 125
2H Axe Feint Average 2 Either - 65 125
2H Axe Swat Easy 2 Short Bruise 65 125
2H Axe Overhead Chop Average 2 Long Cut 65 125
2H Axe Accuracy Impossible - - - 50 125
2H Axe Grip Difficult - - - 50 125
2H Axe Wide Grip Stance Easy 2 - - 90 125
2H Axe Swat Block Difficult 2 - - 65 125
2H Axe Stepping Slash Average 2 Either Cut 65 125
2H Axe Haft Sap Difficult 2 Close Bruise 65 125
Skill Prerequisites
2H Axe Ankle Hook 20 Ranks in 2H Axe Hook
2H Axe Arm Hook 20 Ranks in 2H Axe Ankle Hook
2H Axe Cross Chop 20 Ranks in 2H Axe Overhead Chop
2H Axe Hip Slash 20 Ranks in 2H Axe Basic Slash
2H Axe Up Slash 20 Ranks in 2H Axe Chop
20 Ranks in 2H Axe Cross Chop
2H Axe Woodcutter Slash 20 Ranks in 2H Axe Hip Slash
2H Axe Falling Strike 20 Ranks in 2H Axe Chop
20 Ranks in 2H Axe Overhead Chop
2H Axe Stepping Slash 40 Ranks in 2H Axe Basic Slash
2H Axe Haft Sap 40 Ranks in 2H Axe Haft Strike

Directions to Clobris (Town of Rock Valley): Walk to Hospice, wait for drover to appear, follow drover, Ex12, Nx2, Ex22, Sx2, Ex4, Nx2, Ex3, Sx1, Wx1
Directions to Hroth (Stromheim): Travel to Stromheim through the Rock Valley wilderness.


2H Axe Ankle Hook pin

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak aims a horizontal swing at a thug's feet, but misses.
A man in a hooded cloak aims a horizontal swing at a thug's feet. His two-handed tin axe fails to catch his feet but cuts viciously across a thug nonetheless.
A man in a hooded cloak aims a horizontal swing at a thug's feet. He manages to hook the blade of his two-handed tin axe onto his ankle.


2H Axe Arm Hook ahook

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak aims a wide overhead swing at a thug's arm. He manages to hook the blade of his two-handed tin axe onto his forearm and twists, binding it tightly!


2H Axe Backhand Strike bstrike

This manuever reverses the slashing movement of a previous strike, and can only be used after a slashing attack.

When you see this in use you see:
With his weapon turned, a man in a hooded cloak stabs suddenly at a thug with the butt end of his two-handed tin axe, but misses.


2H Axe Basic Slash slash

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak makes a wide horizontal slash at a thug with his two-handed tin axe, but misses.


2H Axe Cross Chop cchop

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak lifts the tip of his two-handed tin axe and turns, making a swift downwards diagonal chop at a thug, but misses.


2H Axe Crossing Block

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak holds his two-handed tin axe vertically and swings it in front of him, blocking the attack.


2H Axe Falling Strike pchop

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak steps back, slides both hands to the butt end of his two-handed tin axe, then brings it up, over and down at a thug in heavy longarm strike!


2H Axe Haft Block

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak blocks the attack with the haft of his two-handed tin axe.


2H Axe Haft Strike strike

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak slides his lower hand up the grip of his two-handed tin axe and swings the haft at a thug, but misses.


2H Axe Head Block

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak raises the head of his two-handed tin axe in front of him, deflecting the attack.


2H Axe Hip Slash hslash

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak slides his grip on his two-handed tin axe together and twists with his hips, swinging a wide-arced slash at thug, but misses.


2H Axe Hook hook

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak makes a wide swing at a thug, but misses.
A man in a hooded cloak makes a wide swing at a thug. He manages to cast the blade of his two-handed tin axe over the tin dagger of a thug, hooking it tightly!


2H Axe Chop chop

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak raises his two two-handed tin axe above his head and chops down at a thug, but misses.


2H Axe Swinging Disarm fling <axe>

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak twists suddenly, swinging his two-handed tin axe free and knocking a thug off balance!
A man in a hooded cloak twists suddenly, swinging his two-handed tin axe free and flinging a nicked dagger to the side!


2H Axe Up Slash upslash

This maneuver reverses the momentum of a downward strike, slashing back upward at the opponent. It can only be used after a chopping attack.

When you see this in use you see:
Twisting the angle of his two-handed tin axe's blade, a man in a hooded cloak slashes upward at a thug, but misses.


2H Axe Woodcutter Slash break

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak plants his feet into the ground, draws back his two-handed tin axe, then twists into a wide, heavy slash aimed at a thug, but misses


2H Axe Feint feint

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak leans forward, feigning a thrust at thug with his two-handed tin axe.


2H Axe Swat swat

When you see this in use you see:
Shifting his grip on his two-handed tin axe apart, a man in a hooded cloak swats downward at a thug with the head, but misses.


2H Axe Overhead Chop overhead

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak lifts his two-handed tin axe high above his head holding it at the base of the haft with both hands, before leaning forwards and directing a heavy chop at a thug, but misses.


2H Axe Wide Grip Stance wgrip

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak spaces his hands wide apart on the haft of his two-handed tin axe, squatting slightly and leaning forward with his shoulders.


2H Axe Swat Block

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak uses the broad head of his two-handed tin axe to knock aside the attack with a brute-force swat!


2H Axe Stepping Slash sslash

When you see this in use you see:
Stepping forward aggressively, a man in a hooded cloak swings his two-handed tin axe in a heavy-handed slash aimed at a thug! He suffers a cut to his left thigh.


2H Axe Haft Sap sap

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak slides both hands together near the head of his two-handed tin axe, then snaps the haft towards a thug! He suffers a bruise to his head.


2H 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.)


2h 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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