Great sword

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Name Great sword
Skill Long Blades
Damage 16
Accuracy -3
Base delay (%) 16 (160%)
Min delay 7 at skill 18
Hands 2H
Size Large
Ranged? No

A sword with a very long, heavy blade and a long handle.

"Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit: occidentis telum est."

("A sword by itself does not slay: it is merely the weapon used by the slayer.")

-Lucius Annaeus Seneca, _Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium_, Letter LXXXVII: Some arguments in favor of the simple life, 1. 30. ca. 65 A.D.

trans. Richard Mott Gummere, 1917.

This weapon falls into the 'Long Blades' category. It is a two handed weapon.

Great swords are large, two-handed Long Blades that deal heavy damage, though they require a significant amount of Long Blades skill to reach min delay. Characters with experience to spare may eventually wish to upgrade to a claymore, though this requires an immense experience investment that may be put elsewhere to greater effect. Alternatively, wielding a demon blade/eudemon blade/bastard sword instead will allow you to carry a shield in exchange for a slight penalty to damage.

Great swords are uncommon items to find lying around the Dungeon, but occasionally generate on enemy wights and orc warriors early on.

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In very early versions of Crawl, these (and triple swords) were governed by their own skill.

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