Hereditary Weapon I (sage ability)

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Hereditary weapon I is an amateur-status sage ability in the study of Puissance. Adopting a privilege of elves, who receive a +1 bonus to hit with sword and bow, the ability supposes that other peoples coming of age in various regions and among various professions would likewise become especially familiar with certain weapons – and that this would consign a similar bonus to those peoples from those backgrounds.

The list describe here is as yet incomplete; with more research and through the needs of gameplay, I would expect the list given to naturally expand over time. For the present, this is sufficient to describe the notion at play. It is not necessary for players to adopt the weapons below; but the +1 bonus to hit with the weapon, for characters possessing the sage ability, still applies whether or not the character is proficient.

Ideally, the character, having both a social and a regional background, would gain the bonus for one weapon from each, a total of two weapons. This is not always the case, as some social backgrounds, such as lawyer or a sinecure, suggests no such weapon. These backgrounds have other benefits. In any case, at least one hereditary weapon should be available to all characters with the ability.

Progenitor Weapons

The following weapons are available to characters according to their progenitors.

  • Bow (short): gamekeeper
  • Broad sword: gladiator
  • Club: hermit, innkeeper, sailor
  • Crossbow: artillerist, bounty hunter, marshal, tavern keeper
  • Dagger: assassin, fence, guildmaster thief, gypsy, miner, rat catcher
  • Guisarme: steershand (bill-hook)
  • Halberd: mercenary
  • Knife: cook, furrier, herbalist, mortician, potter, surgeon, tailor, tanner, trapper, veterinarian, village witch
  • Long sword: crusader, landed knight, master-at-arms, steward, weaponsmith
  • Quarterstaff: farmer, monk, porter
  • Scimitar: all nobles/royalty (rapier), buccaneer (rapier), outrider
  • Short axe: butcher (cleaver), graverobber (pick-axe), miner (pick-axe), prospector (pick-axe), tomb robber (pick-axe), witchhunter, woodcutter
  • Short hammer: armourer, blacksmith, carpenter, cobbler, cooper, diemaker, furniture maker, labourer, leather worker, mason, metallurgist, puddler, sculptor, shipwright, stonecutter, toolmaker, wagoneer
  • Short sword: landlord, squire, toll keeper
  • Trident: fisherman
  • Whip: husbandman, teamster

None: alchemist, alchemist's apprentice, architect, artist, baker, banker, bookbinder, brewer, chandler, confectioner, curate, draper, engraver, fishmonger, fuller, gambler, glassmaker, glazier, guildmaster, instrument maker, jeweller, juggler, lawyer, lapidary, librarian, medicant, papermaker, political advisor, priest, professor, scribe, sinecure, singer, tobacconist, tutor, usurer, vintner, weaver

Regional Weapons

The following weapons are available to characters depending upon their regions of birth.

  • Ankus: Moghul
  • Bardiche: Northern Russia
  • Bastard sword: Austria, Dauphine, Milan, Savoy
  • Battle axe: Denmark, Norway, Scotland
  • Bola: Spanish America
  • Bo stick: Ceylon, Guangdong, Korea, Okinawa
  • Bow (long): England, Wales
  • Bow (short): Arabia
  • Broad sword: Alsace, Lorraine, Venice, Walloon
  • Club: Dutch colonies (knop), Leinster & Munster (shillelagh), Northumbria & Ulster (cudgel), Plains Natives of America, Zulu (knobkierrie)
  • Corseque: Corsica
  • Crossbow: Berber lands, Castile & Leon, Genoa
  • Dagger: Georgia, Rhineland
  • Dart: Connaught, Macedonia
  • Flail: Bohemia, Moravia
  • Glaive: Gansu, Hokkaido, Moskovy, Shikoku (naginata)
  • Godentag: Flanders, Goblinish & Orcish lands
  • Guisarme: Brandenburg, Hannover, Masuria, Mecklenburg, Tirol, Wurttemburg
  • Halberd: Burgundy, Madrid, Switzerland (French), Valencia
  • Hand axe: dwarf, Finland, gnome, halfling, Slovakia (shepherd's axe), Sweden
  • Javelin: Anglesey, Catalonia, Languedoc, Manchuria, Wales (North)
  • Jo stick: Kyushu
  • Lance: Normandy, Picardy
  • Long sword: Baden, Bavaria, Champaign, Guyenne, Ile de France, Naples, Portugal
  • Mace: Kiyev, Madurai, Poland
  • Maul: Luxembourg
  • Morning star: Hungary, Papal States
  • Pike: Switzerland (German)
  • Rapier: Aragon, Auvergne, Bourbon, Dauphine, Limousin, Maine, Orleanais, Poitou, Touraine
  • Scimitar: Anatolia, Cumana, Greece, Kokand, Safavid, Transylvania
  • Short sword: English & French colonies (cutlass), Inca (macuahuitl)
  • Sling: Canaan, Inca, Sardinia
  • Spear: Libyan, Mali, Swahili
  • Staff sling: Brittany
  • Trident: Balearics, Cyprus, Thrace
  • Two-handed sword: Egypt (khopesh), Hesse, Piedmont, Saxony
  • Warhammer: Croatia