The History of the Longsword and a Review!

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    The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by ARSP on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:43 am

    I am going to start a essay series once in a while I will post an essay featuring the history of a Weapon in darksouls. Then I will review the ingame weapon, I will consider it's stats, characteristics, moveset and if it has one it's lore possibility. I will rate the weapons from 1 to 10. No weapon will ever get a 10 because that would imply the weapon is perfect there is no perfect weapon though they can get close. No weapon (save for the broken swords and sword hilt) will ever get a 1 because that would imply they are impossibly useless no weapon is impossibly useless.

    Long Sword Description

    The Longsword is described as having


    • a two edged blade with a handle largely enough to be wielded two handed
    • The Length of the blade is usually between 40-48 inches long
    • It usually weighs between five to eight pounds

    A Brief History

    The Medieval Longsword also known as a bastard and the Hand and a half swords were used largely around 1350 and their use ended around 1550. Longswords were almost exclusively by knights up until the 15th century when they were used by unarmored soldiers and Mercenaries. Despite being a seemingly simple weapon Longswords took years to master. The Page would start practice at the age of 7 and wouldn't be finished until the age of twenty-one when he became an actual knight.

    Longsword Training and Techniques

    Most Pages trained in an area called the Pell. The pell was essentially a tree trunk that the page with a wooden sword(that was more than twice the weight of a normal longsword to ensure muscle growth) would strike over and over again to master sword and shield techniques. (Which the Knight Class probrably did before he/she became an undead) Many of the Techniques the Page would learn with this sword included (I will not go into detail as to how they are done if you want to know I will put my sources at the bottom)


    • The Passing Step- which is a simple step forward or stepbackward
    • The Four Guards- Which are essentially for Stance used to guard attacks
    • The Strike- A two-handed strike used to injure or kill the opponent it get's it's power by leveraging the hilt of the sword
    • The Thrust- Which is a stab normally used to penetrate armor to strike a killing blow.
    • The Slice- Which is used to injure the opponent so that they cannot continue to wield a sword. Allowing you to finish them off.
    • The Halfsword- Which is when you grab half of the Blade and thrust it. Excellent Technique for penetrating Armor


    The Ingame model of the Long Sword is likely based upon the German longsword

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    In Game Review

    The longsword is avaible at the start for the warrior class or purchasable from Andre of Astora for 1,000 souls. It is of the Straight Sword Class of weapon. The Long Sword has a standard 80 damage with the common 100 Critical bonus. It is enchantable and can be upgraded towards any upgrade path in the game. It has light weight with 3.0 and a decent 200 durability. This weapon may overall be standard but it does have on advantage it's moveset. The longsword's Move set allows one to adjust and adapt to just about any situation. Swing for those pesky hollows and thrust for times when you are trapped in a hallway. Thanks to it's low stat requirement it can be an excellent backup weapon for sorcerors who don't want ot put too much points into strength or dex to have a decent weapon. The Longsword if upgraded and used correctly can take you throughout the entire game if you are skilled enough. For these reasons I am giving the weapon a 7 out of 10. The only reason why it isn't higher is because only vets can use this weapon longterm.


    Last edited by ARSP on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:08 pm; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : fixed pound)


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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by WhatDoesThePendantDo? on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:54 am

    Very cool.

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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by ARSP on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:58 am

    Your Praise Make this all worth it.


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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by Reaperfan on Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:25 am

    The only complaint I would have is that I don't think you should refer to the Dark Souls weight system as pounds. I only raise this as a complaint because your comparison here involves real-world comparisons, and I feel that the the Dark Souls equipment weight measurements were not assigned with a particular real-world measurement in mind. The weapons I am about to cite are not based on real-world weapons (at least that I am aware of), but my basis for why these measurements are not accurate is most evident with them. If Dark Souls weight units were pounds, I find it hard to believe that the Grant or Dragon Greatsword would weigh only 24 pounds, or that Smough's Hammer would weigh only 28 pounds.

    Wow...that seemed kind of long-winded for a minor complaint. Sorry :oops:
    Regardless, I'm loving the idea of this series and will definitely be keeping an eye out for future installments! Have a +1 for awesome ideas big grin


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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by ARSP on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:08 pm

    No problem 3 pounds problem fixed


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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by ARSP on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:10 pm

    Any Requests for the next segment?


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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by Serious_Much on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:13 pm

    i thought there be at least a tiny reference to history by tenacious d here silly

    i also think that you should do the Murakamo, always wanted to know whether it is an actual weapon or FROM just plucked it out of their arse one morning


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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by RandelOolacile on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:16 pm

    Bastard sword! I think the history behind it would be very informative as most people I've spoke to about it know nothing of it and assume all kinds of silly things in reference to its name. big grin


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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by Reaperfan on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:25 pm

    My suggestion goes to the following, in order:

    1. Great Scythe
    2. Flamberge
    3. Zweihander


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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by ARSP on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:26 pm

    you got it I'll get to work on both weapons Assuming the Murakumo is real it is going to go first followed by the Bastard Sword Which I know is real should have something by Wednesday or Thursday.


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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by Pesth on Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:39 pm

    Reaperfan wrote:My suggestion goes to the following, in order:

    1. Great Scythe
    2. Flamberge
    3. Zweihander

    this one is easy, it's Ned Stark's sword big grin

    Just kidding

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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by Rockstar2112 on Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:44 pm

    Pesth wrote:
    Reaperfan wrote:My suggestion goes to the following, in order:

    1. Great Scythe
    2. Flamberge
    3. Zweihander

    this one is easy, it's Ned Stark's sword big grin

    Just kidding

    Zweihander is misleading tbh, it's translation would be two hander but traditionally it was a hand-and-a-half sword, otherwise known as a bastard sword. I think :3


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    Re: The History of the Longsword and a Review!

    Post by TehInfamousAmos on Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:18 am

    The bastard sword is basically somewhat between a longsword and a claymore Iirc.


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