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Korvantine Elanca

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Two armies clash on the battlefield. Soldiers, wielding swords, shields and spears, gaining ground, loosing it again, drenching the land in blood. The Korvantines use superior tactics, but the opponent is steadfast. The battle is going nowhere, until suddenly a horn sounds. Soldiers on horseback, dressed in colorful armor, riding down the side of a mountain to the left of the opposing army. Banners on their backs displaying the symbol of a dragon, each of them holding a long polearm with a curved blade at its tip. They are tearing into the enemy ranks, the soldiers shocked and confused. Many never get a chance to realize what is happening. By the time the survivors regain their wits, it is too late. The sudden appearance of the mounted soldiers has tipped the battle, the Korvantines are victorious.
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The dragon riders, named after the dragon banners they carry on their backs, are a shock cavalry comprised of Korvantine elite soldiers. They are master archers and experts in using polearms. When sent into battle, it is their job to tear into enemy lines from unexpected angles, confusing and demoralizing the enemy soldiers and using this to strike down as many as possible. Their weapon of choice is the Elanca, a long polearm with a curved blade at its tip. It can be used to cut and to stab. The pommel can also be used as a club.
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I quite like how this one turned out. Originally I wanted to make a polearm with a sickle blade, continuing the typical Korvantine blade shapes, but I figured a polearm used mainly from horseback should be able to stab. Adding a spike would have worked, but that would have practically created a billhook. While not a bad weapon, it seemed too generic. Eventually I had the idea of using a khopesh-like blade. This looks interesting and exotic enough, and is functional at the same time.

Check out the Artstation post for more pictures: www.artstation.com/artwork/5XZ…
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NO-SoupForYou's avatar

For when you want a lirpa, but must use a glaive instead.

Irolan's avatar

Heh. Thinking about it, polearms usually don't have pommels or counterweight. But I figured since it is used from horseback, maybe it would stabilize it. Also increases versatility. Instead of bringing the pole around, you could instead stab one enemy and hit the other.

Thorgar's avatar

i love this polearm do you have an idea on the dimensions you wanted for it?

Irolan's avatar

I do. The blade is 70cm (28") long (including the mounting part), the entire weapon is 270cm (106") long.

Thorgar's avatar

nice, going to replicate it for a LARP i fight in. safety guidelines will not let it be as pretty sadly but it looks like it would be a blast to fight with. I will probably have to make it a couple of times to get it right but ill be happy to share pictures when it is done.

Irolan's avatar

Go ahead. Maybe this helps. There's an additional view with drawings of the inlays. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/5XZYG1

Thorgar's avatar

awesome thanks! is the mace like pommel end to be used for strikes or just counter balance? to keep the looks id have to make it stab only for our game, otherwise id have to make it 8" long to strike with it.

Irolan's avatar

The idea is that you can also use it to strike, although I don't know how practical that would really be.

Thorgar's avatar

As a pole user myself having a butt spike/blade/mace is a life saver. Once they get inside your reach a timely strike to thier shin or leading foot can open up opportunities.

Irolan's avatar

Good to know. The Elanca is supposed to be used from horseback primarily, but I suppose it would work as well. If someone attacks from the other side, you could use the mace to repell them at least long enough to bring the weapon around and the have at them with the blade.

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