New Weapon Combat Tables
The Great Flail
Copyright Norman Schaschke and Raymond Ward ©2002
Edited by Peter Mork for The Guild Companion
The Flail table in Arms Law is known as the Military Flail in this expanded list of weapons. The military flail is the standard size flail and to round out the flails there are tables for a smaller and a larger version. The smaller flail is called the horseman's flail and the larger flail is this weapon known as the great flail.
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 GREAT FLAIL
This is a very big flail. Only the greatest warriors are able to wield this weapon due to its size, so fortunately your character will rarely encounter the great flail being used in combat against them by humans or elves (and definitely not by smaller races such as dwarves and halflings). Unfortunately though, your average size troll or giant is quite capable of wielding this weapon, possibly even in one hand, so it could be encountered in the hands of a strong enemy. To make matters worse, there is some skill required in wielding a flail of this size so it is most likely to be the war trolls or warrior giants who will be found with this weapon. Demons of some power enjoy using the great flail, as it can easily cause horrible injuries even against opponents wearing the strongest armour. The bottom line is that opponents do not stand against the great flail for long, which is good if you are wielding it but very bad if your opponent is.
The great flail enjoys the usual flail benefits of being able to pass around shields and parrying weapons to strike an opponent. However it suffers from a limit in parrying and its slowness to strike.
Click here to see the Great Flail Weapon Chart.