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Ordon brandishing a spear during the Arathim Wars

Spears were weapons consisting of a pole tipped by a sharp point, primarily used by the Gelfling, though occasionally by the Skeksis and Firelings. In some Gelfling cultures, spears were were held in high esteem and seen as more than just tools.

History[]

Use of spears among the Gelfling dated back to the Age of Innocence.[1] During the Makrak crisis, the Gelfling provided the Skeksis with weapons, including spears.[2] Spears were widely used during the Arathim Wars by Stonewood warriors.[3] Spears,[4] along with clubs,[5] were the melee weapon of choice among female members of the Royal Guard.

Variants[]

Drenchen spear[]

Drenchen spears consisted of a wooden shaft and a head made of blue stone. They were primarily used in hunting, but were also used in ceremonies, with the head representing spirituality and the shaft mortality. These spears were crafted by their bearers under the supervision of elders, with the shafts being inscribed with protective sigils. Once the shaft broke or bent, it would be ceremonially broken in and discarded in the water, with the head being placed on a replacement pole. The scratches inevitably incurred on the head would be immortalized with blue dye. Once a hunter died, their spear shaft would be broken and buried with them, and the head hung in the canopy of Smerth-Staba.[6]

Drowned spear[]

The only one of its kind, the Drowned Spear was constructed by the Fire That Stays through Fire Angling. The head was a blade made of ice which could dim a Fireling on contact,[7] and could cause underground tidal waves if struck on the ground.[8]

Stonewood spear[]

The Stonewood used wooden shafted, stone-tipped spears renowned for their perfect balance and durability. They were used in hunting, trapping[9] and war,[3] and were specially made by a community of highly skilled woodcrafters.[9]

References[]

  1. Froud, B., Holguin , B., Sheikman, A. & John, L. (2011). The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1. Archaia. ISBN 978-1-936393-80-0
  2. Froud, B., Dow Smith, M., Sheikman, A. & John, L. (2015). The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3. Archaia. ISBN 978-1-60886-435-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Age of resistance logo – Andelfinger, Nicole., Age of Resistance – The Quest for the Dual Glaive, #1, Archaia, USA, September 25, 2019
  4. Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #7, Archaia, USA, September 2017
  5. Spurrier, S., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #4, Archaia, USA, June 2017
  6. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, pp. 210-213, ISBN 0593095596
  7. Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #8, Archaia, USA, March 2019
  8. Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #10, Archaia, USA, June 2019
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 8, ISBN 0593095596
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