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Nov
08

The Midnight Dragon Corps…

So a while back I ran across a rather interesting polearm:

Midnight Dragon Blade

Midnight Dragon Blade

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Yes. The Midnight Dragon Blade. Dunno if it was intended for hunting dragons at midnight, or is the signature weapon of the secret sect called the Midnight Dragon Corps. Personally I’d much prefer the latter. anyway, I haven’t blogged about a polearm in a while, so when found this while looking through my archives, I thought it would make for an interesting post. Expecially since this is of a rather unusual design.

Like your average polearm, this one has a suitably lengthy shaft, in sweet blackness, tipped with a silver pommel cap sporting a design I had a hard time placing. On one hand it looks like a chain mail pattern covering some kind of flowerbud, and on the other, it could be scales on the outstretched talons of a dragon. Hm. My design-fu is weak today…

Either way, it thought it was cool. Three quarters of the way up the shaft we have a silver band, and just below the head, a dragon is depicted wrapped around the shaft, looking up towards the head. Now the head of this polearm is where it gets interesting.

The flat black head of this polearm is an eclectic collection of curves, arcs, and points, which I normally love to see, except in this case, there does not seem to be much purpose behind the arrangement. However, just for giggles, I’m going to try see if I can classify it based on it’s general features. 🙂

On one side we have what looks like the outstretched wing of a black dragon, which I thought looked very cool. It’s rearward orientation would suggest that this could be used in a bill hook fashion, however billhooks generally did not have an additional large blade on the opposite side as an accoutrement.

Opposite the wing hook we have a large beautiful crescent of black steel. Almost looks like an axe head, which would put it in Bardiche or pole cleaver category, except pole cleavers are usually single edged. Not to mention the little sub crescent in the top of the curve, besides being really annoying, really kills the axe head shape. Which is possibly why I find it annoying. But I digress.

There is also no real forward point to speak of, the top of the axe head curves too far in to make a good thrusting point, so this would probably be best used as a hacking, hooking or or cutting weapon. So we are left with the generic “random blade on a long stick” polearm, AKA – the Halberd.

Halberds perhaps come in the widest variety of blade shapes and sizes, but to be honest, they also generally all have a good useable thrusting point as well, which this doesn’t have. However, since there are versions of polearms with bill hooks on one side and large axe like blades on the other, I’m gonna stick with that, as two out of three isn’t bad.

Meh. Who am I kidding… This thing is unclassifiable. It’s a fantasy weapon. They threw me for a loop by omitting “fantasy” from the name, but the “Dragon” in the nomenclature should have given it away. You’d think i would have figured all this out by now. Live an learn I guess…

It’s still a cool looking polearm, though… 🙂

Midnight Dragon Blade – [King of Swords]

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5 Responses to “The Midnight Dragon Corps…”


  1. 1 ladyofspiders
    November 3, 2008 at 11:40 am

    It is a pretty cool looking polearm

  2. November 5, 2008 at 12:56 am

    It is cool at that. I only wish it’s design was more focused as well as cool. This is kind of like that futuristic Ovoid Axe I posted about a while back… Cool looking, but not really an axe… :/

  3. 3 lgarretto
    December 16, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I dont know a whole bunch about pole-weapons, just swords, but i think you would classify it as a halberd. Not all halbards have a prominant stabbing point, (theres one from windlass steelcrafts that doesnt), just a slashing blade, but other that that your right its its own weapon

  4. 4 Pscho~Chekka
    January 12, 2009 at 4:43 am

    This would shatter in any engagement coming up against real steel. it might slash but thats about it.

  5. 5 shirkeneater
    March 4, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    i dont know phyreblade i think that the tip if sharpend well enough would leave a pritty good hole in someone(hopfully the person you were aiming for=) then again i am not good with polearms so i will leave that decision up to someone who knows more.

    =0*


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