Bardiche (3.5e Equipment)

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Bardiche
Martial Two-Handed Melee
Critical: x3
Range Increment:
Type: Slashing
Hardness: 5
Size Cost1 Damage Weight1 hp
Fine * 1d3 * 1
Diminutive * 1d4 * 1
Tiny * 1d6 * 2
Small 9 1d8 6 5
Medium 9 1d10 12 10
Large 18 2d8 24 20
Huge * 3d6 * 40
Gargantuan * 4d8 * 80
Colossal * 6d8 * 160
  1. The SRD only gives a means to determine costs and weights of weapons for Large and Small versions based on the Medium weapons. Any other supplied values are the author's best determination.

A bardiche is a type of glaive polearm. It has a long, cleaver type blade mounted to a pole. While the blade is long for an axe (usually exceeding 2') the shaft is one of the shortest of all polearms; rarely does it exceed 5' in length. It relies more on the weight of its heavy blade to do the damage than a swing from a long pole.

Historically it was used in the 16th and 17th centuries in Eastern Europe as an evolution of the Danish axe (or "sparth"), along with the Scottish lochaber axe.


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