- For a comparison of different weapons, see Weapon.
A short sword is an edged weapon that is larger than a knife, with a blade long enough to make slashing effective but shorter than other swords. Short swords have the same basic attacks as other swords, but suffer slightly because of their reduced size.
Short swords use and train the swordsdwarf skill. Dwarves can forge short swords out of any weapon-grade metal, but those with superior edge properties are more effective. "Rock short swords" are a special type of short sword that are constructed out of obsidian (with wooden handles) by a stonecrafter at a craftsdwarf's workshop. Rock short swords may be based on the Aztec Macuahuitl, described as being a club with rows of sharp stone edge affixed to the sides. All dwarves can equip short swords, but a tiny fraction must use two hands.
[ITEM_WEAPON:ITEM_WEAPON_SWORD_SHORT] [NAME:short sword:short swords] [SIZE:300] [SKILL:SWORD] [TWO_HANDED:37500] [MINIMUM_SIZE:32500] [CAN_STONE] [MATERIAL_SIZE:3] [ATTACK:EDGE:20000:4000:slash:slashes:NO_SUB:1250] [ATTACK:EDGE:50:2000:stab:stabs:NO_SUB:1000] [ATTACK:BLUNT:20000:4000:slap:slaps:flat:1250] [ATTACK:BLUNT:100:1000:strike:strikes:pommel:1000]
|Ranged||Blowgun & Blowdarts • Bow & Arrows • Crossbow & Bolts|
|Blunt||Flail • Mace • Maul • War hammer • Whip|
|Edged: Slashing||Battle axe • Great axe • Halberd • Long sword • Scimitar • Scourge • Short sword • Two-handed sword|
|Edged: Piercing||Dagger • Morningstar • Pick • Pike • Spear|