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Re: OT: Corpses, etc. (was: Re: Gender in conlangs (was: Re: Umlauts (was Re: Elves and Ill Bethisad)))

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Sunday, November 9, 2003, 14:15
Quoting John Cowan <cowan@...>:

> Costentin Cornomorus scripsit: > > > > I expect that the soldiers are taught how to > > > fight dirty, > > > > Nah. They have to _learn_ how to fight clean. > > They learnt how to fight dirty when they were > > kiddos wandering the streets of a big and > > dangerous city! > > Street fighters don't have a chance against trained unarmed-combat > or knife-combat soldiers, unless they have at least three-to-one > preponderance or there is some other factor involved. The only > exception is a quarterstaff, which is effective simply because > of its range; they're damned awkward in cities, though. > > (BTW, you don't throw your knife against another knife within less > than five meters, and not further either unless you are a wizard > at darts.)
In Taireza, five street-fighters with knives would stand no chance against one soldier _untrained_ in knife-combat; there's simply no way someone without a combat exoskeleton could thrust or throw a knife with force enough to penetrate even the lightest military armour. Andreas