In my low-fantasy setting there is a civilization of completely blind humanoid creatures. Their ability to perceive the world is directly related to the other senses (hearing, smell and touch), which are slightly more heightened than ours. Aside from that, they have no other special ability.
If I think of them as a completely peaceful civilization I have no issue imagining one of their towns. Most aspects of everyday life that usually require sight can be done even without it, if society is organized around non-visual sources of information. But the world outside is not always peaceful, so I suppose that even these blind people would need some kind of fighting skills, even if just for defense purposes. But how could they fight on the same level of sight-owning creatures?
I don't know how much the stereotype of the blind martial artist can be used in this situation...the more I read about enhanced senses (in a realistic way), the more I feel that they cannot have at close range the same precision and detail of sight. So I'm seeing two possible directions for an hypothetical military equipment of this blind civilization:
- Heavy armored melee fighters, with armors designed to absorb the hit with minimal damage and convey the vibration enough to reveal the exact position of the attacker. Maybe even made of an highly reflective metal, to impair the vision of the opponent and bring down its level of perception.
- Polearm-like weapons that allow to keep some distance from the attacker, like spears or halberds (maybe with bells attached near the tip to use their sound for a little bit of echolocation, or holes in the shaft that allow to read the sound of the air through it).
But these two directions seem quite in conflict, since most pole weapons need to be used with a certain degree of agility. Is there any way they can work together, or some other ways to fight at close range without being at disadvantage?
As for long range weapons instead, I suppose that anyone of them can be useful alongside an enhanced perception of the environment, especially during night warfare. Is there any that could provide a special advantage for blind people? If going with the polearm approach I was thinking about javelins, just to have a sort of mixed weapon useful both at close range and long range. Maybe, given the ability of blind people to read the wind a bit better through skin-perception and smell, some sort of winged javelin that allows for curved throws by taking advantage of the wind? Does something like that exist?