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Side-sword

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A side-sword is a type of war sword used by infantry. This sword was a direct descendant of the arming sword. Quite popular, they are ideal for handling the mix of armored and unarmored opponents. Early versions look very much like an arming sword with an ornate hilt and ricasso. A new technique of placing ones finger on the ricasso to improve the grip (a practice that would continue in the rapier) led to the production of hilts with a guard for the finger.

This sword design eventually led to the development of the civilian rapier, but it was not replaced by it, and the Side-sword continued to be used during the rapier's lifetime. As it could be used for both cutting and thrusting, the term cut and thrust sword is sometimes used interchangeably with side-sword. Also of note is that as rapiers became more popular, attempts were made to hybridize the blade, sacrificing the effectiveness found in each unique weapon design.

Also of note, side-swords used in conjunction with bucklers became so popular that it caused the term swashbuckler to be coined. This word stems from the new fighting style of the side-sword and buckler which was filled with much "swashing and making a noise on the buckler".

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Created By Pirate-Sorcerer
Date Created: 3/05/2007

One-Handed Melee Weapons (Martial)
Martial Weapons Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Increment Weight Type Special
Side-sword 13 gp 1d4 1d6 19-20/×2 3 lbs. Piercing or slashing

Larger than a short sword, but smaller than a longsword, the side-sword is a popular weapon amongst those who favor speed & finesse over mere brute force. The side-sword consists of a straight, lightweight blade in between 1 & 2 1/2 feet, useful for both cutting & thrusting. This weapon is often used in conjunction with the dagger. You can apply the Weapon Finesse feat to the side-sword even though it is not a light weapon. This weapon is added to the list of bard, drow & rogue weapon proficiencies.

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