The R'unorian Commoner's Dagger, or simply the "R'unorian", is the most commonly found weapon amongst all of the various tribes of the R'unorian Men, used equally by men and women and rarely can a R'unorian be found without at least one of these blades.
Picture description. An example of a tyical dagger worn by R'unorian Commoners. Image by Seeker.
Description. The R'unorian Commoner's Dagger is a weapon of relatively simple and utilitarian construction. The blade of the dagger is almost uniformly of two palmspans in length, slightly curved and tapers to a point. The guard of the weapon is very narrow, and serves merely to keep the hand from slipping down the blade, rather than any defensive purpose. The pommel is of equal width to the guard, and longer than one might expect, most often forming a half-moon shape. The handle of the dagger is wrapped in dark leather. The manner in which the blade should be wielded is apparent after a short inspection. The edge closer to the wielder is longer than that of the outside edge. Indeed, half of the outside edge is blunt, meant to be used to guard rather than to attack, while the inside edge is kept long for cutting throats. It is also very uncommon that the blade is not "blacked", covered in a dark, slick oil to keep it from shining or making noise as it is drawn. Sheaths for the weapon are not ornamental, and usually of functional, blacked leather.
The R'unorian Commoner's Dagger is ubiquitous among the various tribes of
R'unor and scarcely anyone can be found
without one or more of the
weapons. It is a utilitarian
weapon, designed to be carried
frequently and to be easily used to attack or defend. The R'unorian Commoner's
Dagger often finds use in less than savoury business, as well as in formal
disputes between individuals. Unlike other knives, the R'unorian Dagger has no
secondary purpose. If it is a tool, it is a tool of battle and nothing else.
Fighting Style. The R'unorian Commoner's Dagger is designed to be held in one of two ways. Backhanded or underhanded with the point down, intended for stabbing downwards or cutting with the front, or forehand or abovehand, held with the point up intended to stab up or cut with the back of the blade. For this reason the dagger is often carried in pairs and is fought with one dagger set in either position. While both forms are equally capable of attacking, the forehanded method is better suited to attack an opponent who is aware of the dagger, while the backhanded is better suited to guard against attacks and stab someone who is not aware of the weapon. The weapons can be held with both in the same position but this is not common and considered ill-advised at best.
Origin/History. Each of the R'unorian tribes has their own claim on the invention of the weapon, leading some scholars to believe that the current design of the weapon may be the result of a gradual melding and improvement upon several distinct designs that have created a unique whole. The basics of these tales are all the same, though various details change between tribes and individual telling of the tales.
The Blaark'r tell a story they call "The Old Sage's Teaching":
The Old Sage's Teaching. In the far off days of the past, a
simple man, walking down the road, encountered an old man walking in the
same direction. The simple man had been sent on an errand for his wife,
which he was loathe to do. The old man suggested the two walk together,
for the roads were not as safe as they had once been.
Compendiumist's Note. It is important to recognize that holding a hand on one's dagger when meeting someone that the wielder is unfamiliar with should not be taken as a hostile or threatening gesture. R'unorian culture is an inherently cautious one, and not doing so is either regarded as a sign that the other party is foolhardy or merely stupid. The length of this gesture is determined by how comfortable one is with the other person.