(urth) Cloak and Baldric
rasputin_ at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 17 13:32:42 PST 2009
The sword itself is very explicitly not designed for that kind of fighting. It is designed for executions; the balance and size guarantee that, no matter how you contrive to carry that thing, you're not going to get a quick graceful reaction with it. So yeah, I would say it becomes a cargo issue - the task is to carry it in a way that doesn't overly interfere with your movement.
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> From: sonofwitz at butcherbaker.org
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> Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 17:46:40 +0000
> Subject: Re: (urth) Cloak and Baldric
> I thought writing "wandering swordsman" might invite that objection.
> but, so, you acknowledge that this phenomenon would exist, just that it wouldn't really be a problem since the sword is more "cargo" than defensive weapon?
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> >Sev's not a duellist, he's not wandering around striking on the draw and
> >If he was a duellist he surely would not have that kind of sword.
> >> No, it's not a new subgenre, it's a costuming question.
> >> So, Severian's got this huge sword on a baldric, slung over his (left)
> >> shoulder most of the time. Too big to hang from a sword belt.
> >> But how does that work with a cloak? It would have to be worn OVER the
> >> cloak, but, unless the cloak was pushed back over the shoulders, the
> >> baldric would essentially trap his arms in by holding the cloak tight
> >> around his torso.
> >> It seems he could have one side free, at least, but the other would be
> >> constricted.
> >> Or am I completely wrong? Am I mistaken, or is this not really much of a
> >> problem for a wandering swordsman?
> >> Are any of you guys Ren Fair or Historic Recreation types?
> >> any insight here?
> >> I ask because I was drawing Severian, and this suddenly struck me as a
> >> real problem.
> >> /Devil in the details
> >> ~Witz
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