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Two-handed sword

The two-handed sword (known as a "great sword" in the earliest parts of the Age of Darkness) is the logical development of the normal, one-handed sword. While more difficult to wield, needing more strength and both hands, its destructive power has been enhanced significantly. One strike of this weapon can sever limbs, cut open heads, and ruin armour. It is a weapon closely associated with knights and the greatest warriors, and has no trouble proving its worth in battle.

According to Vetron's Guide to Weapons and Armour, a two-handed sword has an "11" effectiveness rating, thus being the most destructive, non-magical melee weapon available.

History Edit

The "great sword" first appeared in Ultima I. Around the time of Ultima III, it was rechristened the two-handed sword, and has been in the series ever since, although it was strangely missing from Ultima IV.

Several special two-handed swords did exist throughout history:

Lore Edit

Swords continue to be the most popular weapon. There are long and short swords, and two-handed swords.

- from Book of Lore (Ultima V)

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.

- from Compendium (Ultima VI)

Among those who fight for a living, the two-handed sword is a totem of honor. Yet, legion are the rash innspeople who have raised this weapon with neither strength nor training to do so. Heavy as the day is long, the two-handed sword demands a graceful rhythm from its wielder, as blows must be timed and shaped so as not to overly expose the flanks. A purchase of such a weapon should include focused training with a master.

- from Journal (Ultima IX)

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