According to Vetron's Guide to Weapons and Armour, a one-handed sword has a "6" effectiveness rating.
It has resulted in numerous special swords, which include:
- Fire sword - Fire damage, doubles as a torch.
- Frost sword - Paralyzes the enemy.
- Glass sword - Kills with one blow, but single-use.
- Magic sword - Enchanted for much better hit chances.
- Ophidian sword - An ancient artifact.
- Sword of Defense - Gives the defensive power of a shield.
- Sword of Stone Strike - A sword that can paralyze a foe.
- Custom sword - This sword is especially well balanced.
This listing is incomplete, as the number of special swords is simply too big to be listed here in its entirety.
Ah, a true fighter's weapon. Four feet of wicked, blue steel will strike fear into the heart of any opponent. The sword is an automatic favorite among Fighters.
Despite their name, short swords are formidable weapons -- a good thing, for only the strongest adventurers can wield the hefty two-handed swords. Always examine a sword closely before buying it, paying particular attention to its weight and the force with which it will deliver a blow.
The first weapon of an acolyte of war, a lively broadsword can afford protection and respect without landing a single blow. The weapon of choice in Britannia, a broadsword can be found as an ornament dangling from the belt of many an untrained dandy. As such, a trained warrior can gird himself with it and surprise the fool who would test him.
The preferred weapon of marauding seamen, the cutlass possesses a lightness of a rapier and the power of a sword. Slightly curved at its tip, a good cutlass is balanced for slicing strokes in close quarters. A man skilled with the cutlass can use its hard guard to parry blows and counter with a sharp lunge.