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Generic Cudgel
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Generic Cudgel
Group: Melee Weapon
Tech Level TL–0
Size 1,000.0 mm length
Weight 1,000.0 grams
Cost Cr10
Ammo None
Manufacturer Various
Generic Cudgel

A Cudgel (1,000 grams; Cr10; TL-0) is a basic stick used as a weapon. [1]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

They are easily obtained from standing trees or through the use of an unloaded long gun such as a rifle or carbine (laser weapons are often too delicate to be used as cudgels).

Specifically weaponized cudgels are often known as “Maces” or “Morning Stars.” [2]

Image Repository[edit]

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Weapon Characteristics[edit]

Length: 1,000 to 2,000mm. Weight: 1,000 to 2,000 grams. Base Price: Cr10. [3]

Club vs. Cudgel[edit]

Functionally, the two words have considerable overlap in meaning and are often used as synonyms for one another. However, there are historic and etymological differences:

  1. Cudgels are often much shorter than clubs and typically possess a weighted striking head.
  2. Clubs are hefty sticks or poles, often longer than cudgels and often not possessing a weighted head. [4]

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Clubs and cudgels are often among the first melee weapons used byTL-0 Proto-Sophonts. They are easily found in most environments as plant or animal byproducts. Even many TL’s into the future, they are still effective weapons in close combat. [5]

Selected Blunt Trauma Melee Weapon Types[edit]

  1. TL-0 Club (Found Tool: Improvised Weapon)
  2. TL-1 Bludgeon
  3. TL-1 Club
  4. TL-1 Cudgel
  5. TL-1 Rungu
  6. TL-1 Waddy
  7. TL-2 Bo
  8. TL-2 Chair Leg (Improvised Weapon)
  9. TL-2 Knobkierie
  10. TL-2 Quarterstaff
  11. TL-2 Shillelagh
  12. TL-2 War Club
  13. TL-3 Bottle (Improvised Weapon)
  14. TL-3 Broken Bottle (Improvised Weapon)
  15. TL-3 Gunstock War Club
  16. TL-4 Police Baton
  17. TL-4 Tonfa
  18. TL-5 Nightstick
  19. TL-5 Parrying Bar
  20. TL-6 Truncheon
  21. TL-7 Shock Baton (Electroshock Weapon)
  22. TL-8 Force Multiplier

References & contributors (Sources)[edit]

This list of sources was used by the Traveller Wiki Editorial Team and individual contributors to compose this article. Copyrighted material is used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author. The page history lists all of the contributions.
  1. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 38.
  2. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  3. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 38.
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  5. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak