THE SLING

DESCRIPTION - USAGE - FIGHTING STYLE - ORIGIN/HISTORY - SPECIAL TYPES

A Sling is a very basic missile weapon. Simply put: It is an instrument for throwing stones, however, the Sling is an 'easy to learn but hard to master' weapon with a great range. It is one of the few ancient weapons people still use today, in the 17th Santharian century with a minimum of changes to its primary design.

Description. A Sling is a missile weapon. It usually consists of a short strap with two strings attached to its ends or with a string fastened to one end and a light stick fastened to the other. Is is a primitive small weapon with not much weight, which can nevertheless be quite effective. A main disadvantage is that the ammunition can be quite heavy if you need to take it with you. But that is, on the other hand, an advantage to, because you can grab the ammunition from the ground at location – if you're a bit lucky… The only things required to construct such a weapon are two strings of any type or a small stick and some hardleather. The only exception on the usage of the hardleathder to build a Sling are the Shendar people, who managed to make the pocket of a Sling strong enough from fibres of different plants (read more details below). Return to the top

Usage. The Sling is an excellent weapon for combats because it outranges bows. The Sling is mostly used by humans, Brownies, the nomadic elves of Northern Sarvonia (Méladrhim or Grey Elves) and the Boltgrumm dwarven clan (just for above ground hunting and tunnel clearing). Especially the human tribe of the Shendar in southern Santharia has developed an extraordinary accuracy in using the Sling, as have have the Penda'u nomads living at the continent of Akdor. In general it can be said that the Sling is a very common weapon in weapon and for the hunt, especially for tribes with nomadic nature. Brownies can also outweigh the disadvantage of their modest strength with a weapon like the Sling, especially as they know how to handle poisoned ammunition.

The Sling, though unimpressive looking for those who don’t know the weapon, can be a very destructive in the right hands, knocking down a foe with one single, precisely aimed shot. In big combat most users of the Sling are placed on a high position aiming on the back lines of the enemy lines, so that they can’t hit a fighter of their own army accidentally… The Sling is a beloved weapon also in challenges by quick people who can run and shoot before the-man-with-the-sword gets near and engages the opponent in a melee fight! The Sling is even such a simple weapon even dads unexperienced in regular weapon usage can teach their sons unlike for an example the bow wich is mostly learned in the recruiting centres. However, though shooting stones with a Sling can be learned in moments, mastering the weapon shouldn't be underestimated and neither its impact it can cause.
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Fighting Style. The sling is simple to use. By swinging the Sling around in various ways, one develops a strong force, which keeps the stone in the sling until you are ready to release it. If you aim on a target far away you can fire the Sling with the stone best above your head, and if you aim on a target with no man in front of you, swing the Sling clockwise at your flank and release when the Sling is down. The stone will go either up or straight. A disadvantage to this methode is that you can’t sling far.

The size of the stone used depends on the size of the wielder and the length of the material used for the Sling. The length needs to be long enough for the wielder and have a decent swinging width.

If you swing the Sling at your flank, you’d better not use your wrists for they would certainly break. But if you’re swinging above your head, it’s one of the most important things to use your wrists giving just that first start. This is an important fact you’d better not forget if you’re going to use the Sling and like your head.

It is not just stones that can be slung using a Sling however; various peasant uprisings have seen tomatoes and other assorted fruit and vegetables flying everywhere. Return to the top


Origin/History. It can't be said that a single man or tribe invented the Sling. In the Era of Harmony it is said that Arvins, God of the Hunt, first taught the races to use the Sling for the hunt on smaller animals. He showed them how to hunt all beasts, starting with the smallest, with a Sling. When he had killed a lynx he said to the children that the lynx was the biggest animal they where allowed to kill with a Sling. When Armeros saw the Sling he started teaching it as a weapon for war to the children immidiately. Most people simply ‘forgot’ a human is bigger than a lynx or said a human is no animal so they could kill them with a Sling. Therefore the people truly loyal to Arvins never use a sling to kill a human. But this was a long time after the Era of Harmony, cause in that time no human killed an other human.

When the bow was invented most people preferred the bow over the Sling, but there were tribes like the Shendar that gained on with the developing of more efficient Slings. Shendar Slings for example managed to outrange the bow and whenever it came to fighting, the Shendar were known for the usage of their Slings. In the long run many hunters also of other tribes rediscovered the advantages of the Sling and still use bows and Slings today, depending on the occasion.
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Special Types. The only different kinds of Slings are the Brownie-Sling and the Warrior-Sling of the Shendar.

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