Because metals are so expensive, swords are less common in the World of Isles than they were on Earth. Spears are very popular weapons, and hatchets and maces are carried for use at close quarters, when a line of spears has broken, as are daggers (generally, but not always, made of glass jade, flint or obsidian). But swords still combine portability with a reasonable amount of lethality, and are the favourite sidearm of those who can afford them. Gehennese swords are made of steel as good as any forged in Bizen or Damascus (at least in the Classical Period and later).

See kopis, makhaira, spatha, and xifos.

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