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Re: Blocking Weapons and Assorted Combat Discussion FWIW, I think shields are the way to go. Even with a fairly low skill, shields are good at blocking hand weapon attacks. And of course they are very valuable against missile attacks.

Your comments regarding blocking with spears vs swords makes perfect sense considering their materials.

In the past I relied mostly on high dodge skill for defence, but find that shields are easy enough to obtain and due to their effortless defence against missiles, are superior to dodge.

October 04, 2017, 01:59:27 AM
Re: Anachronistic swords Bringing swords into line with historical sources for is a great idea, and probably already in Sami's mind considering his recent weapon changes. Good posts.
October 07, 2017, 01:13:28 PM
Re: Mik His southern exploration continues... while roasting a pike and hanging the deer meat up to dry at the lakeshore shelter, he spots a lynx in the trees. He remains alert while finishing his task and then waits a long while to make sure the lynx will keep a good distance away before spending the night in the shelter.

Fortunately, the lynx must not have been hungry because it did not visit during the night.

Mik heads westward in the morning and finds an Owl village, where he trades his heavy stag fur and 4 deer furs of varying quality for two smaller but precious glutton furs and some dried bear meat. This is a big relief as he traded over 50 pounds of fur for about 5 pounds of highly valuable fur.

He then heads north and finds a strange thing... a village with three shamans who seem to have met to share their secrets. Mik finds this mysterious and ponders what it would be like to be a shaman.

October 07, 2017, 06:04:37 PM
Re: Every Part of the Animal Check on the Old forum for Buoidda's mod in the mods section.
You could try the Boneworking as a source of inspiration & example.

October 19, 2017, 03:27:46 AM
Re: Mik It is now about 2 1/2 months until the middle of winter and the weather is around the freezing point. But Mik is still comfortable exploring the wilderness and he finds a village in the eastern part of Owl territory. In the village, an adventurer lies wounded in one of the kotas... he tells of an encounter with a bear and promises a reward if Mik will return the spear his father gave to him long ago.

After a long search, Mik finds the tracks of a bear and some blood in the thin snow. He follows the tracks and hears a roar! The bear has found him. Mik draws an arrow and hits the bear with the broadhead in it's shoulder. The bear charges, limping, and a thrown axe further slows the beast, but it closes the distance and they fight claw and mace.

Mik is wounded by a swipe to his elbow, but prevails and kills the bear with his mace. He thanks the spirits, binds his wound, skins the bear, and begins tanning & drying meat after building a shelter at the edge of a mire nearby. Then he returns the adventurer's spear and receives his reward of expert instruction in the use of bows, for which Mik is very grateful.

He returns to the shelter feeling proud of himself and marvels at the size of the bear teeth he has won.

October 19, 2017, 04:20:25 AM
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October 19, 2017, 04:22:34 AM
Re: Mik The bear hide is rinsed and ready for beating, but Mik is anxious to return home to Pain Summit.
As he travels the penninsula to his home, he finds one of his traps has caught a beautiful arctic fox!

After killing the fox by kicking it to hopefully preserve it's fur, he notices old badger tracks running by the trap, and he sets the trap again a short distance away.

October 19, 2017, 05:23:21 PM
Re: Mik He spends a great deal of time finishing the bear fur, beating and stretching it until he is exhausted, but
the best he can do looks pretty rough. He turns in for the night... at least the fur is very warm to sleep  on.

The next day he skins the arctic fox and actually does a fine job of it... he's optimistic about this potentially very valuable prize.
Mik checks 3 breams he has been drying and finds they are ready to put in the cellar.

While the fox fur is tanning, he looks over his clothing and armor. His lamellar cuirass needs to be repaired, and he has enough lamellar pieces salvaged from Njerpezit enemies to do the job. But his elbow is still bothering him and is a distraction so he will wait for it to feel better.

In the meantime, he makes arrows for practice shooting, even though he seldom makes a nice arrow.

Finally, the finished arctic fox fur is high-quality!

October 21, 2017, 12:13:08 AM
Re: Mik His scraped elbow still not fully back to normal, he spends his time practicing with weapons and making fowling arrows.

Mik decides to check all the traps on the penninsula and finds he has caught two willow grouse and a small hare, which has already died in a loop snare but was still fresh.

October 22, 2017, 11:37:05 PM
Re: What's Going On In Your Unreal World? Unusual Njerpezit encounter... saw one on the zoom-map and went after him.
In the middle of a spruce forest. He was an easy kill, with no missile weapon.

As I was looting the body, another Njerpezit suddently attacked me, charging
out from the spruces only about 6 meters away!
Luckily he was not an expert fighter and I vanquished him, taking only one wound.

Not the typical encounter in Driik territory.

October 24, 2017, 02:32:40 AM