A dark weapon with a lot of good points…

And I guarantee that you won’t want to argue any of them. Not with any measure of success anyway. ‘Cause today we are going back to basics. A black steel ball. A bunch of 2″ sharp steel spikes. A chain. And a big stick to swing it all around with. Our weapon du jour is actually a fairly regular, though sinister medieval weapon. But I thought the modern variant I found still qualified for at least one post, just based on it’s malevolence alone.

No, it doesn’t have any blades. But come on. I think you’ll agree it has enough good “points” (AHA! I made another funny!!… … … Whatever… ) to more than make up for it. This, my friends, is the stuff that flails are made of. Meet Mr. Chain Mace.

a Medieval Flail

A Chain Mace
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Now this weapon has a lot more history behind it than you might imagine. This deceptively simple weapon is in fact a combination of several different weapons. Yep. It’s a schizophrenic weapon. Multiple personalities. And they’re all bad. That’s why it’s so dangerous. It’s got the blood of like 4 or 5 different weapons battling for control. I’ll try and introduce you to each of them…

OK, so first off your first character is the handle and chain, which come from your everyday medieval flail. Next up is the head, which is in fact of a wooden club design called the morning star. The morning star is actually a relative of the mace, which is, in turn, a descendant of the lowly, but ever so simple wooden club. Yeah. Heck of a lineage. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The family tree is not quite as simple as I’ve laid it out, but I’m pretty sure you won’t want to read too deep into the genealogy of a weapon like this. Might get a little too scary for ya. A little too “hard core”. Uh huh. Ya think you can handle it? Whatever. Anyway, the end result is quite self explanatory. Big bad spikes on a black steel ball, spinning around on a chain at high velocity. You do the math. I’m fresh out of brain cells.

Medieval Spiked Flail – [Medieval Weapon Art]


7 Responses to “A dark weapon with a lot of good points…”

  1. 1 MoZZA
    September 7, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    very nice, very nice indeed.

  2. September 8, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Mace n chain, baby, mace n chain… :}

  3. 3 MoZZA
    September 8, 2008 at 11:07 am

    BLACK… mace and chain. dont forget the black

  4. September 13, 2008 at 3:18 am

    Ah. My Bad. BLACK mace and chain…

    Fixed. 🙂

  5. 5 MoZZA
    September 13, 2008 at 6:19 am

    good balrog ~pets head~ LOL

  6. 6 ChroniclerLoki
    October 5, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    insert dark evil maniacal laughter here

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