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How can I make this sword useful?

The sword I'm talking about is about 7 human heads tall. In the lore the sword is magical or at least thought to be magical. It is swung around by a creature capable of going invisible, which gives ...
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How does my bloodless sword work?

A LETTER FROM A ROYAL KNIGHT I have a sword. It is an excellent sword, but it has one strange proprety. Any cuts made by the sword, regardless of their size or depth, do not bleed. Unfortunatly, my ...
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Can brittle but harder swords be preferred in period context or against unarmored opponents?

So its already been repeatedly established that any harder material will inevitably be more brittle than steel and more likely to break on impact in comparison to steel. However, what if the primary ...
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Magnesium Sword as Non-Magical Flaming Swords

So I understand a lot of world builders and aspiring fiction writers have often tried to be creative with weapons and get shutdown for various reasons of impracticality or inferiority to steel. I'm ...
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Tungsten carbide sword: Will it work? [duplicate]

Ever since steel was created, it has been the go to material for swords since antiquity and into the modern era (for actual replicas and not wall hangers). Of course while being effective it is also, ...
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How to make a duel between knight with a greatsword and mage with a one-handed sword fair? [closed]

My hero is fighting using a longsword. He also knows some basic/intermediate spells so he could for example conjure a shield, throw fire, and things like that. He is currently saving his lady and to ...
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Can compressed air be used as a weapon?

Obviously guns or similar weapons can use air to propel projectiles, but I'm thinking more about close combat, or even a medieval setting, or generally less technologically advanced setting. If ...
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Reasons why sword duelling would exist on a Mars-like planet with unbreathable air

The civilisation on this planet has rockets and computers, so presumably they are smart enough to invent guns if they really want guns. Taking a sabre to a gunfight is clearly a terrible lifestyle ...
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