Yumi, Daikyu (3.5e Equipment)

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Daikyu Yumi
Exotic Two-Handed Projectile
Critical: ×3
Range Increment: 100 ft.
Type: piercing
Hardness: 5
Size Cost1 Damage Weight1 hp
Fine * 1d2 * 1
Diminutive * 1d3 * 1
Tiny * 1d4 * 1
Small 75 gp 1d6 1–1/2 lb. 2
Medium 75 gp 1d8 3 lb. 5
Large 150 gp 2d6 6 lb. 10
Huge * 3d6 * 20
Gargantuan * 4d6 * 40
Colossal * 6d6 * 80
  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.

The Daikyu is the Japanese version of the European longbow, and is utilized in much the same way to much the same effect. The bow is constructed of bamboo, and as such is relatively lightweight compared to some other bows constructed of solid wood. Typically the bamboo is cut into strips and then 'woven' together in layers around a core of wood to form a very strong, but quite flexible frame. The construction of a Daikyu, from the gathering of materials to the weaving and then finishing, is done by a single person, and it is said that it takes 10 years for a master bowcraftsman to train himself to create the perfect bow. Any good bow requires proper care be taken of it or it will fall into disrepair, but the Daikyu's construction and craftsmanship allows it to be repaired with relative ease.

Two hands are always required to use a bow, regardless of its size. A Daikyu Yumi is too unwieldy to use properly while riding a horse or other mount, and a character attempting to do so must take appropriate penalties to their attack roll. A character adds their Strength modifier, even if negative, to all damage rolls when wielding a Daikyu Yumi.



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