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 Post subject: 1H use of longsword proficiency
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:41 am 
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Let's say a knight is sitting on his horse, holding a bastardsword. Let's also say he was proficient in longsword/greatsword. Which proficiency would he use to strike an opponent? Could he use 'longsword' or would he have to default to sword and shield or cut and thrust?

Similary, could he use an arming sword, 1h, with the longsword profiency?

Or does longsword/greatsword only apply to 2h use?

I've never been clear on this one....

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 Post subject: Re: 1H use of longsword proficiency
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:24 am 
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I really think that this is a matter of intepretation and personal preferences.

My very own, private preference is not to allow Longsword/Greatsword for one-handed use. My reason is that while the Longsword-part may be intended for one- and two-handed use, the Greatsword-part is clearly intended for two-handed use alone. On the whole, that lends greater weight to the two-handed part of the Proficiency and is for myself sufficient indicator that Longsword/Greatsword should apply only to two-handed use of the sword. If a player wanted to wield a sword with one hand, whether with or without shield, I'd point him to Sword&Shield.

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 Post subject: Re: 1H use of longsword proficiency
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:01 am 
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toli wrote:
Let's say a knight is sitting on his horse, holding a bastardsword. Let's also say he was proficient in longsword/greatsword. Which proficiency would he use to strike an opponent? Could he use 'longsword' or would he have to default to sword and shield or cut and thrust?
If he's without a shield, I'd allow the use of longsword proficiency, provided the weapon has 1H TNs available.

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Similary, could he use an arming sword, 1h, with the longsword profiency?
No, as the handle isn't designed for accommodating more than one hand.

toli wrote:
Or does longsword/greatsword only apply to 2h use?
It makes sense that the sword is unwieldy one-handed, but that's handled by the 1H TNs.

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 Post subject: Re: 1H use of longsword proficiency
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:59 pm 
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thanks. I think I'll go with no 1h use. It makes sense. I've just never been clear on how much 1h use would be taught with longsword/greatsword. If you look at a lot of the old manuals, they tend to include both, but that could easily be a second prof not within longsword.

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