Arming your Character

Friday, April 2

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Whether villain or hero, characters need the means to defend themselves.
Or attack.

Who uses this: Physically weak people, cowards, those confident enough in their mental strength, characters not used to weapons.

Non-violent defenses are primarily based on wits. Rather than use weapons or brute strength, these characters rely on their intelligence and cunning to get themselves out of trouble.

Examples: Planning, lies, persuasion

Who uses this: Characters who are strong, bloodthirsty, skilled, or have no other choice.

These weapons are are used to cause physical damage. Often, the weapon your character prefers represents their personality.

Knife/Dagger: Sleek, careful people favor this. It's easily hidden and practical for small, quick attacks.

Sword: This usually brings to mind  a well-built, often noble, character. While the sword can do more damage, it's not as easily secreted as a knife. The thickness of the sword depends on th character. Are they one to use a heavy broadsword or a lithe rapier?

Axe: Only the strongest can weild this. Very obvious and dangerous. Tends to result in a bloody scene.

Bow/Crossbow: What better way to attack an enemy than from a distance? While the bow is easy to carry, It's effectiveness depends on the archer's skill. A crossbow is heavier, but can be used by the untrained to deliver heavy blows.
Quick, wiry characters are most often seen with a bow while the crossbow is more for the strong character.

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