New Weapon Tables
The Long Sword
Copyright Norman Schaschke and Raymond Ward ©2001
Edited by Rich Kirkland for The Guild Companion
The long sword is perhaps the most popular weapon in medieval fantasy. It is a shock to many gamers that look at Arms Law for the first time to find that there is no table for it (especially a shock those D&D players that like to play elves). You can try explaining it away by saying that the long sword is really a minor variation of the basic sword type known as the broadsword and therefore does not need a table of its own. But why not avoid the staging an argument like that and just use this table.
Please note that the non-standard statistics found on the combat table are explained in the article titled "Rolemaster Weapon Attributes" from the November, 1999, issue of the Guild Companion and additional clarification of Speed can be found in "Continuous Tactical Resolution" from the March, 1999, issue of the Guild Companion.
The long sword is a refinement of the broadsword which came about with advances in metal technology. It was the favoured weapon of knights and noble warriors. Its advantages over the broadsword include a better reach (which benefited knights on horseback), better penetration of armour (because of greater length, and therefor more leverage), and a narrower blade (which made thrusting through armour easier).
The long sword was held in high regard in all societies in which it developed. Chinese martial artists considered it the most elite of weapons. Additionally for Christian warriors the weapon held great religious significance because of its shape.
In battles it was often employed in conjunction with a shield. It was also possible to add a little additional power in a strike if it was required by grasping the pommel with the fighter's off hand and wielding it in a two-handed fashion.
Other names for weapons that would use this table are: Dangien, Firangi, Jumgheerdha.
Click here to see the Long Sword Weapon Chart.