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Bisarma (Guisarme) S.XVI Date 2006 Author Nazanian

Bisarma (Guisarme) S.XVI Date 2006 Author Nazanian

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A guisarme (sometimes gisarme or bisarme) was a pole weapon used in Europe primarily between 1000-1400. It was used primarily to dismount knights and horsemen. Like most polearms it was developed by peasants by combining hand tools with long poles: in this case by putting a pruning hook onto a spear shaft. While hooks are fine for dismounting horsemen from mounts, they lack the stopping power of a spear especially when dealing with static opponents. While early designs were simply a hook on the end of a long pole, later designs implemented a small reverse spike on the back of the blade. Eventually weapon makers incorporated the usefulness of the hook in a variety of different polearms and guisarme became a catch-all for any weapon that included a hook on the blade. This is exemplified by the terms bill-guisarmes, voulge-guisarmes, and glaive-guisarmes.


Source: Pathfinder

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This polearm combines the blade of a glaive with a wicked hook.

Benefit: A mounted opponent hit by a glaive-guisarme takes a –2 penalty on his Ride checks to stay mounted.

Weapon Feature(s): brace, reach

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