Quoit

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Quoit is found in the smithy attached to Duchess Saturday's Musketeers, a Warrior's guild specialisation. Here you can order custom flails. There's also a page for all flails.

Syntax

Quoit, like all Genuans, speaks Morporkian. No need for written skills, though (after all, while gentlemanly, they are warriors). The process starts with saying 'order'. Not typing it, saying it. Other steps are taken by talking, too.

Options

Style

Flails are available in several styles. Naturally, as all weapons are flails, they involve a chain between the user and the business end.

  • Morning star: handle for you, spiky ball(s) for the enemy.
  • Quoited flail: handle for you, bladed ball for the enemy.
  • Thresher: handle for you, smallish stick for the enemy.
  • Ball and chain: nothing for you, and either a plain, spiky, or bladed ball for the enemy.
  • Nunchaku: handle for you, handle for the enemy.
  • Sansetsukon: handle in the middle for you, handles on either end for the enemy.

Components

Chains are required on all flails, of course. Their material only affects cost. You can have Klatchian steel, black steel, copper, silver, bronze, brass, steel, gold, and iron.

Handles are on all flails except the ball and chain. Their material affects cost, except for threshers, nunchaku, and sansetsukon, since those are all handles; with those, it affects performance. You can have Klatchian steel, cherrywood, black steel, sandalwood, rosewood, bamboo, bronze, silver, copper, brass, cedar, balsa, steel, ebony, pine, gold, iron, oak, and ash. As can be seen, some of these are woods instead of metal.

Balls are on all flails except threshers, nunchaku, and sansetsukon. You can have one, two, or three of these. If ordering a ball and chain, you can add blades or spikes; otherwise, they come with the style. These will be what primarily determines performance, and are available in Klatchian steel, black steel, copper, silver, bronze, brass, steel, gold, and iron. If you are choosing two balls, you can have them mounted on opposite ends of the weapon, which seems to make the weapon more damaging, but harder to wield.

Costs

Research needed here.

Results

Custom flails of each type look like:

  • Morning Star
This morning star has a <length> <material> handle, attached to one/either end of which [is a length of|are two/three] <material> chain(s).  The chain(s), in turn, are each attached (at opposite ends) to one of [one|two|three] <material> balls, covered in vicious spikes.
  • Quoited Flail
This quoited flail has a <length> <material> handle, attached to one end/either end of which [is a length of|are two/three] <material> chain(s).  The other ends of the chains are attached to <material> balls, each encircled by a single sharp, wide blade.
  • Thresher
Not far removed from its origins as a farming tool, this thresher is simply a <length> <material> handle with a shorter length of <material> attached to it by a short <material> chain.
  • Ball and Chain (Blades)
Despite its popularity in matrimonial jokes, the ball and chain can be more of a help than a hindrance in sufficiently skilled hands.  The simple <material> chain has a <size> <material> ball attached to it, designed to be swung by the chain to gain momentum, then bashed into whatever offends.  The ball itself has a sharp, wide blade encircling its widest point, ideal for slashing arteries and tendons.
  • Ball and Chain (Spikes)
Despite its popularity in matrimonial jokes, the ball and chain can be more of a help than a hindrance in sufficiently skilled hands.  The simple <material> chain has a <size> <material> ball attached to it, designed to be swung by the chain to gain momentum, then bashed into whatever offends.  The ball itself is covered in long, vicious spikes, sharp enough to pierce a skull or convenient internal organs.

If a ball and chain without spikes or a blade is ordered, the last sentence is omitted.

  • Nunchaku
This nunchaku consists of two identical <length> batons skillfully crafted from <material>, each perfectly weighted for their intended purpose.  The batons are attached to each other by a short <material> chain.
  • Sansetsukon
The sansetsukon resembles a <length> <material> staff, hewn into three separate sections of identical length then reassembled.  The centre section is attached to the other two by a short <material> chain at either of its ends, forming an extremely complex, yet versatile weapon.

See also