Breaking The Chains
Baklunish Fighting Styles
The Baklunish warrior is the undeniable master of mounted combat. Be it with a lance, bow, or scimitar and shield, the Baklunish do it best when on horseback. The Bakluni recurved Bow, or horse bow, is the weapon of choice for the mounted archer. The limbs of the bow seem short, but this is an illusion, precipitated by the severe curve the limbs. The lamination process used to construct the bow gives it the strength and thus the distance, to rival the eastern composite bows, yet allows it to serve expertly for horseback archers. The one flaw, of the otherwise masterful design, lies in the strings. These wound strips of catgut work well, but begin to deteriorate in an overly damp environment. It is common for archers, who favor the horse bow, to carry two bows; one strung and one unstrung, plus several replacement strings.
As mentioned above, the Scimitar (and its cousins) is the blade of choice in the Baklunish west and has been so for several centuries. Various fighting styles, involving the sweeping style of the blade, are favored, which maximizes the weapon’s powerful slashing ability. While most favor a light shield in partnership with the scimitar, a few nimble warriors take up a second blade, sometimes a Jambiya, or a short thrusting sword and, at other times, another scimitar of equal size and arc. This dual weapon style, called Kasirga — ancient Baklunish for Whirlwind — is a powerful and dramatic style, but requires plenty of room to use properly. A more compact style of dual fighting using the Jambiya, called Yuzlu — ancient Baklunish for two-fang — is favored by urban warriors. While it has less power than the wide sweeping strikes used in the Kasirga style, it takes up less room and is more viable in the twisting alleyways of the Baklunish Cities.