| A carefully wrought dagger which is preternaturally well-balanced, making it much easier for even inexperienced handlers to attack with it quickly.
"He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword...
-Julia Ward Howe, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". 1861
The quick blade is the fastest weapon in the game, with a minimum weapon delay of 3 aut. Either Finesse or Haste will bring min delay down to 2 aut. Quick blades with a pain, electrocution, or distortion brand are especially effective vehicles for damage. The low skill training to reach minimum delay is only a bonus. However, like any other short blade, its damage against armored opponents tends to be underwhelming.
Quick blades are rare, so are most commonly obtained by way of Trog and Okawaru's weapon acquirements. Failing this, a character with Short Blades skill will often receive one upon reading a scroll of acquirement. The Elven Halls also provide a good chance at quickblades: Deep elf blademasters have a 1/26 chance of receiving twin quick blades, and the Hall of Blades may spawn one. Some of the more powerful spriggans also can carry one.
|Gyre and Gimble|
|Axes||Battleaxe • Broad axe • Executioner's axe • Hand axe • War axe|
|Bows||Shortbow (Arrow) • Longbow (Arrow)|
|Crossbows||Arbalest (Bolt) • Hand crossbow (Bolt) • Triple crossbow (Bolt)|
|Maces & Flails||Club • Demon whip • Dire flail • Eveningstar • Flail • Giant club • Giant spiked club • Great mace • Mace • Morningstar • Sacred scourge • Whip|
|Long Blades||Demon blade • Double sword • Eudemon blade • Falchion • Great sword • Long sword • Scimitar • Triple sword|
|Polearms||Bardiche • Demon trident • Glaive • Halberd • Scythe • Spear • Trident • Trishula|
|Short Blades||Dagger • Quick blade • Rapier • Short sword|
|Slings||Fustibalus (Sling bullet, Stone) • Hunting sling (Sling bullet, Stone)|
|Staves||Lajatang • Magical staff • Quarterstaff|
|Throwing||Boomerang • Dart • Javelin • Large rock • Stone • Throwing net|