The Dead Wars
Additional weapon types, legacies of the Noble Empire, are provided here.
Noble Weapons as Starting Equipment
Where the equipment list from a class provides a weapon, you can replace it with any Oriental Adventures-style weapon that has the same statistics. For example, you can replace a shortsword with a ninja-to, a handaxe with a kama, a glaive with a naginata, or a longbow with a daikyu. Somewhere on your character sheet, make a note as to which standard weapon names these versions correspond to.
Noble Weapon Chart
|- Nekode||6 gp||1d3 slashing||1 lb.||—|
|- Chain Weapon||8 gp||1d6 (type varies)||6 lb.||Reach, two-handed, special|
|- Katana||400 gp||1d10 slashing||4 lb.||Versatile (1d12)|
|- Wakizashi||300 gp||1d8 slashing||3 lb.||Light, versatile (1d10)|
|- Repeating Crossbow||200 gp||1d8 piercing||10 lb.||Ammunition (range 80/320), two-handed|
Chain Weapon: This is a broad category of weapons that includes chains attached to weights and small-handled weapons. It includes the kau sin ke, kawanaga, kusari-gama, three-section staff, and similar weapons. When you purchase a chain weapon, you must determine which damage type that the weapon inflicts (piercing, slashing, or bludgeoning). Chain weapons are monk weapons and monks are automatically proficient with them.
Katana: A katana is more than just a sword, it is an honor weapon linked to one of the important families of the ancient Noble Empire. It is a familial weapon, not intended to be used by anyone other than a family member. Katanas often have individual names, reflecting the deeds of glory in which they have been used.
Nekode: A nekode is a strap or glove fitted with spikes in the palm, favored as both a weapon and a climbing tool by rogues. Using a nekode with each hand gives you advantage to Strength (Athletics) checks to climb wooden surfaces. It takes an action to equip or stow a nekode. Your opponent cannot disarm you of a nekode in melee combat.
Repeating Crossbow: This weapon has an internal magazine that holds ten crossbow bolts. After the last bolt is fired, the weapon assumes the loading property; no additional attacks can be made as part of the same action, bonus action or reaction until the weapon’s magazine is reloaded. Reloading a repeating crossbow requires an action.
Wakizashi: A wakizashi is a companion blade, a matched pair with a katana. Like the katana, it was an important honor symbol in the Noble Empire. These weapons were rarely use it in combat, though ancient art pieces sometimes depict warriors using it with a style of two weapon fighting. Anyone proficient with martial weapons can use a wakizashi off-handed while wielding a katana even though the katana is not a light weapon.