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Flails, also known as horseman's flails, were a type of one-handed, martial melee weapon.[6][7]

Description[]

Flails consisted of a haft about 2 pounds (910 grams) long[8] with a heavy metal ball or rod attached by chain to the end of the haft. This ball or rod was often spiked.[4]

Weaponology[]

These lighter flails were typically used as one-handed weapons from horseback, but there were also heavy flails and dire flails for infantry that required two hands. Flails could be used to trip opponents and their flexible chains increased the chance of entangling an enemies weapon, thereby disarming them.[9]

History[]

These military flails evolved from threshing flails, a type of farming implement used to thresh grain,[9][10] replacing its linking rope with a sturdy chain and iron weights.[10]

On Toril this occurred sometime before 1265 NY (−2594 DR), when military flails first became available in the Netheril Empire.[11]

Realmslore[]

Flails are often used by priests, although several warriors of note, including the genasi Cephas preferred the flail to other weapons.[12]

Notable flails[]

Flail of Ages
from Baldur's Gate (game)

Appendix[]

See also: Heavy flail and Dire flail

Appearances[]

Video Games
Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder

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