(urth) Cloak and Baldric

Son of Witz sonofwitz at butcherbaker.org
Tue Feb 17 09:32:15 PST 2009

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


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