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.