Battleaxe

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Battleaxe
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Basic Info
Cultures:
Weight: 4 lbs
Trade Value: 640
Flammable: No
Required By: "Käpälälauta"-fox trap, Alder, Grainflail, Paddle, Pine Tree, Rowan, Shortbow, Ski stick, Skis, Slender Tree Trunk, Slender tree trunk, Spruce Tree, Wooden Stake, Wooden bowl, Wooden cup, Wooden mug
Combat Information
Skill Required: Axe
Blunt Damage: 6
Edge Damage: 9
Point Damage: 6
Attack Bonus: Good
Defense Bonus: Little

The battleaxe is used primarily for fighting, and has a good attack bonus compared to other axe types.

URW Game Encyclopedia description

The official URW in-game encyclopedia (accessed by the F1 key) describes the battleaxe thusly:

A single bladed foreign axe designed for battle. Battleaxes have large curved heads with a long and narrow lower portion.

This design provides a wide cutting surface while keeping the overall weight of the axe low. The curved blade also concentrates the force of the blow into a small section of the edge resulting in considerable impact. The axe head is mounted on a shaft around four feet in length.

Despite of their size, battleaxes are carefully balanced weapons and therefore somewhat usable also with one hand.

Real life context

The battleaxe of URW is most comparable to the Dane axe and the bearded axe, both types popular as fighting axes in northern Europe during the early medieval period. The timeframe that URW's fictional world is based on coincides with this period, which in Finland was part of the late Iron Age.

Despite their fame as battleaxes, both the Dane axe and bearded axe could actually be used for utilitarian purposes as well, including chopping down small thin trees or preparing firewood. To their wielders (soldiers, raiders, bandits, farmsteaders), they were just as much weapons as they were last-resort camping tools. UnReal World seems to reflect this historical inspiration, as all axe types in the game are usable as both tools and weapons, the battleaxe being no exception. While it is the most combat-oriented of all axes, the player can still use it for some wood-related work.

Contrary to popular belief, double-bitted axes were virtually never used as weapons in past eras, as the shape, size and weight of a double-bitted axehead makes it an awkward weapon to use in the heat of a fight. The single-bladed Dane axe, though seemingly thin and fragile at face value, was sturdy, swift and highly dangerous in a fight (though less good at wood-chopping, as its blade lacks a more wedge-style shape). The robust but still light axehead of the bearded axe was useful both in terms of strength and in performing combat tasks such as hooking and pulling down enemy shields in a close fight.

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