A muscial weapon from my fantasy novel. The strings slide along the track the knobs are on, and can be concealed within the shaft of the scythe so it may be used in a more "conventional" manner. Here's a written description of the scythe from the book:
"In his hands he held the instrument they had been hearing. To Oliver, it first looked like a scythe with a very twisted handle, but then he saw the strings. Running along an almost invisible track at the top of the scythes blade were several round black pins that were connected to hair-thin strings. The strings stretched from the top of the scythe down into the curved handle. It almost looked like a kind of harp, but its shape was too menacing. The gleam of the cutting edge of the scythe was too sharp to think of the instrument as anything but a weapon.
The blade was polished and bright. It reflected the room back on itself, as well as the strings laid over it. The curving handle was some kind of lacquered plum colored wood with silver designs swirling around its surface. At the top of the scythe, sticking out of the side opposite the blade, was a single metal birds wing; fully extended so that each meticulously detailed feather could be seen."
I love the concept of these scythe, I draw many types of weapons. I have drawn many scythes, I really love this. I love the colors and all the little details. And the strings. I love how it's also a harp. I really love the idea behind it as well.
that is SO something I would play!!!! love it!!! I wonder if it could ever be made into a real playable instrument? That would be sooo cool!!! Also love the story!! Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year too??
It's an interesting concept and in fact the strings, if thin and strong enough, could be left out and still prove quite nasty in terms of combat.
My only issue is that if you decide to rework you make the handle's curve more fluent and less curved by the bottom and tilt the scythe head more so it looks like if it were swung it would catch more of what it was swung at on the blade instead of missing the intended target, as it seems to be with it's current curvature.