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Longswords were an extremely common and very versatile variety of sword.[4]

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The design and length of longswords varied between cultures, they could even vary within the same culture depending upon the era.[4] For example, those made in Shou Lung often had a butterfly-shaped tip.[11] However, the length of longswords generally ranged between 35​ to ​47 inches (0.89​ to ​1.2 meters).[12]

Most longswords had a double-edged blade,[12] though some had a single-edged blade,[4] with a sharp point at their tip.[12] They often had grooves known as "fullers" that ran the length of their blade, one on each surface, that made the blade both lighter and more flexible.[12]

Most long swords had an ovaloid metal plate between the blade's base and grip, protecting the latter from getting damaged against the metal in the mouth of a sheath, in addition to offering the user's hand some protection.[12] A second plate of metal, either circular or ovaloid in shape, would also be fitted on to the pommel.[12]

Weaponology[]

Longswords were primarily designed for attacking opponents by slashing at them with the edges of its blade.[12][13] Opinions varied on the feasibility or viability of dual-wielding longswords.[8][14][note 1] Many eladrin rangers were seen to perform this feat.[15]

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The classic style of longsword often seen in Fantasy settings, such as the Forgotten Realms, was derived from designs of swords in Europe's Gothic period.[67]

Notes[]

  1. In 1st Edition AD&D the only weapons that could be wielded in the off-hand were the dagger and the hand axe. Later, the base rules of the 2nd Edition Player's Handbook expanded this to include any weapon smaller than the one in the main hand, such as short swords. Later in that same edition The Complete Fighter's Handbook finally introduced game mechanics for wielding dual weapons of equal length, such longswords, with Two-Weapon Fighting Style specialization. (When Drizzt Do'Urden was first introduced wielding dual scimitars it was due to a special 1st Edition Drow racial ability; 1st Edition Rangers had no such skill. The idea of Rangers wielding dual weapons was introduced in 2nd Edition.) That being said, this is primarily an issue of game mechanics rather than lore.

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Video Games
Eye of the BeholderEye of the Beholder II: The Legend of DarkmoonDescent to UndermountainIcewind DaleBaldur's Gate: Dark AllianceBaldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II
Board Games
Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins

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