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Sequel to red Sister

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Sequel to Godblind.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:43:46 PM »
Amazed how few realized this is a piss take. There again I have always amazed how few realize that carbon trading is a scam.

Any system which defines a flight as the greenest form of travel was broken before it began.

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Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Bristol Con 28th October
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:18:50 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:13:18 PM »
Do not mistake this as a move that will save any elephants from being shot the ban is simply about importing carcasses into the states. Rich trophy hunters will continue to shoot and will still not be legally able to bring their kills home. Many of these people have houses in the countries they shoot in. If you disagree do not support the businesses that allow them to do this find out who they are, who they work for and boycott the firms.

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Don't the brits know Pippi?
I loved her stories and TV show when I was young :D

Well I do as when I was little a friend of mines mum was Swedish and used to very theatrically tell the stories and did the voices. My sister had the books but I honestly don't know how well known they are in the UK.

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Thanks all!  :D
Yes, Bea, the photo is made here.

Wow I guess you have really made it as an Author when your characters have their own theme park....No one tell Stephen King!

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Wow Xiagan congratulations to you both.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:09:43 PM »
Finished rereading Whispers Underground and am predictably rereading Broken homes

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Writers' Corner / Re: Swords!
« on: November 16, 2017, 01:43:21 AM »
If you know someone is after you either you meet them at a place of your choosing or you avoid them until you find a place of your choosing. Lots of Gear may or may not help. It's certainly no help when you need to run.

Rapier literally means sword of the road.  They are light fast and long enough to be used from horseback. Short swords work best in conjunction with a shield but you are still lacking reach and need to close an opponent and must close as fast as possible. Spears work best from horseback or when you have a lot of mates to stand next to and can rely on numbers on foot and alone you need space to use one as you have to give ground to keep an enemy at range but it's your writing so write it the way you want. If you are unsure write it and ask you will get loads of opinions and pointers.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Swords!
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:05:50 AM »
If you are traveling and not at war Armour tends to be kept at a minimum. Likewise you don't lug the armoury round with you what you if you can help it a good knife is always an essential though a hatchet will chop you firewood and help you fight off casual attackers a bow may get you meat on the hoof and make you a risk at range to those intending you harm. A sword has no other purpose than to signify you have wealth, status and martial prowess.


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Writers' Corner / Re: Swords!
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:22:45 PM »
Apologies I can’t keep up with the conversation as I have intermittent wireless only at the moment and two days wait for an engineer to tell me it’s not my gear at fault. Before they actually try and work out the problem.

Bronze weighs 541lbs/ft3 Steel 490lbs/ft3 (sorry not feeling clever enough for metric atm) not enough to make a difference. Whether a sword weighs 3lbs or 31/4lbs is not really relevant.

Late Bronze age Swords were longer and held a better edge than early iron age swords. So long as you don’t mind them bending up and breaking they’re fine. Early Iron age blades are superior but the technology and cost would have been beyond the reach of many who stuck to using bronze.

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100 men with iron weapons will beat 20 men with bronze weapons. Even if their weapons are slightly inferior.

100 will beat 20 regardless as a rule and there is no superior/inferior just different. A wooden club can kill you as dead as a nuclear bomb can.

ShadowKat678 can you tell us a little more about your world and characters? Is the setting influenced by any historical period? Do they have to carry their own gear? Is the terrain hospitable?
Are they in an army or at war? I probably have some video of charging round on horses in c16th gear. I am not sure how useful or relevant it will be?

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Hm How would you think about a character learning multiple weapons? Not like a lot. But maybe three different forms. A sling would be easy to carry around, and while not mastered, maybe something that's just "proficient". My character has been practicing to kill for fifty years. (Magic world created elves instead of humans. Yipee.)
I would think that would be plenty of time, and I think three different styles wouldn't be too much. And the combination of the bow (need to figure out the type), sling, and dagger-sword combo seems like a good thing for a character that relies on speed, stealth, and fighting one on one, or maybe two or three if having the advantage of good hit and run terrain.

Learning is the easy bit you never actually stop doing that. Getting Good takes a while longer.
You can learn any number of weapons. Life is not an RPG to do so you need someone to show you what you are doing wrong and to practise and keep practising. I used to teach newcomers how to be safe with blunt spears and knives. So perhaps not a great analogy, but safe also mean under control. I put the tip of a spear where I intend it to go as hard as I intend despite the actions of those I am fighting.

I could teach someone to use a spear safely in an hour or so if they were motivated and interested.
They would also be learning to use a shield and be taught knife fighting and knife and shield at the same time. Off the top of my head how to get the point where they were trying to, how to keep control of it when parried, how and when to take or give ground, how to control your opponents weapons and weapon or shield, how to parry and not be left holding a stick.
A few weeks of practice got them up to full speed and along with some drill got them useful in a shield wall as well as fighting one on one.

As an aside I taught small men and women differently from big guys as you need to know different approaches when you are 30cm+ shorter and only 2/3 of their weight going toe to toe with somebody bigger, stronger and with more reach is best avoided in 1-1 fighting. In a melee not getting bounced off their shield and trampled into the ground by same is also an issue.



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Writers' Corner / Re: How to write a royal proclamation
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:15:38 PM »
Near enough every Papal Bull is recorded. Not a royal proclamation perhaps, but style and gravitas are much the same.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Swords!
« on: November 15, 2017, 02:00:32 AM »
Dial up interweb speed atm so bear with me.

Dagger and Rapier is a thing Spanish, Italian and English schools in this and it is effective. You would expect to use it against someone also using dagger and rapier though. Dueling not fighting a battle.

I have used two swords on occasion usually a fast light long one and a heavier shorter blade and it is also effective in a full on attacking sort of way. I have used sword and hatchet as well but it didn't really suit me.

If you use a long bow it is possible to wear a sword but it must hang near vertically which makes it hard to run. A short bow probably has less chance of snagging on a belt worn sword pommel. Stick a knife wherever in a boot at the back of the belt so it sits in the small of the back across your groin or lashed onto the sword scabbard if you like.

Using a bow i tended to wear a long knife and forgo the sword. For Saxon/Viking period that would be a scramseax a one edged wedge shape blade cut on a diagonal to a point and for C15 a Falchion and buckler.
I carried my arrows diagonally through the back of my belt and drew them underarm to the string. You can run like this and climb with a reasonable chance of keeping your arrows.

on horseback I had arrows on the left side of the saddle, Dags in pannier holsters forward of the saddle a buckler on the right of the pommel(I am left handed) and my sword in a ring down the right front of the saddle.
It is hard to stop a belt worn sword giving false guides to your horse. The faster you move the more likely the end of it is to tap the flanks and when the horse responds you rein it in. Eventually they lose patience with you and buck or run you down a hedge or wall.

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