Talk:Master Sword (5e Equipment)
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I might be biased, but I feel like the following changes should be made to better fit the material from which this content is derived:
- Instead of smiting fiends or undead, I think it should be, "any evil creature with vulnerability to radiant damage." First, to be specific, no creatures in canon actually take extra damage just for being a certain type. Rather. the sword deals increased damage in the presence of a specific material called Malice (which so far only occurs in Breath of the Wild), but inflicts that extra damage to all creatures in the presence of Malice. That feature wouldn't work in D&D, of course, otherwise anyone would this sword would just carry around a bottle of Malice. Still, the only creatures in Breath of the Wild that naturally include Malice are Guardians (which are constructs), Ganon, and aspects of Ganon. Undead creatures only do when they are near Malice, and Ganon is ambiguously a fiend depending on what form he takes.
- Instead of a longsword, I think it should be a shortsword. The length of the Master Sword varies in canon, but it generally is equal to or less than the length of a grown man's arm, and in several cases it has been wielded by a child around the age of 10. Its handle does not provide room for two hands to fit, and the only instances of Link moving two hands behind it are very specific (and this occurs in games where he otherwise wields two-handed weapons in two hands). By 5e standards, the Links who have wielded the Master Sword are more akin to Dexterity warriors than a Strength warriors (with the only possible exception being the Link in Twilight Princess). The only real argument for it being a longsword, I think, is that Link usually uses it to slash instead of thrust.
- "Weapon (shortsword or longsword)". Now everyone's happy? Marasmusine (talk) 12:29, 30 July 2017 (MDT)
- I read somewhere that word of god states the Master Sword is actually supposed to be an arming sword in most cases. the sword's depiction in Wind Waker can be attributed to the cartoony style (obviously), with Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword being more closer to how the weapon would look realistically.
It could also be by its own whims, or some insanely divine magic, that changes the weapon's size in order to accommodate it's wielder's physique for some incarnations (Wind Waker, A Link to the Past/ A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Seasons/Ages) but will outright change it's wileder's physique if they are unable to wield it proper in their state (Ocarina of Time is the major, yet only example of this, as Twilight Princess does imply it was because of Zant's artifact, an evil item, that kept Link stuck in his wolf form. I do think Twilight Princess counts as a light example, as Link can't feasibly wield any weapon in wolf form.)