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Name Scythe
Skill Polearms
Damage 14
Accuracy -4
Base delay (%) 20 (200%)
Min delay 7 at skill 26
Hands 2H
Size Large
Ranged? No
A farm implement, usually only used by untrained mobs in combat.

"It was instinct. Illogical as lightning striking and not hurting. Each day the grain must be cut. It had to be cut. Why? Well, it just did, that was all. He laughed at the scythe in his big hands. Then, whistling, he took it out to the ripe and waiting field and did the work. He thought himself a little mad. Hell, it was an ordinary-enough wheat field, really, wasn't it?"
-Ray Bradbury, _The Scythe_, 1943.

This weapon falls into the Polearms category. It is a two handed weapon.

Scythes are a form of polearm best known as the the trademark weapon of Sigmund. In spite of how deadly he is with his, they're actually the worst weapon in the game. Their damage output is only slightly better than a halberd's, and their attack speed is one of the slowest in the game. In general, you shouldn't use a scythe unless you come across an awesome artefact and already have sufficient Polearms skill to use it effectively.

Scythes are too large for small creatures (kobolds, halflings, and spriggans) to use.

Mundane Scythe1.png
Magical Scythe2.png
Artifact Scythe3.png
Finisher Scythe finisher.png
Scythe of Curses Scythe of curses.png
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