Melee Weapon

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Melee Weapons are mostly used at very close ranges, what are called hand-to-hand ranges, and include blades, bludgeoning weapons, brawling weapons, and polearms. [1]


Please also see AAB Library Data articles:
Melee Weapons

  1. Blade Weapons [2]
  2. Bludgeoning Weapon
  3. Brawling Weapons [3]
  4. Polearms [4]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Melee weapons are still valued even thousands upon thousands of years after the rise of civilization for most sophont species and the development of ranged weapon technologies. They are still efficient killing weapons with many advantages over ranged weapons such as silent use, reliability, and other advantages. Most fighting men keep a melee weapon handy in case one’s ranged weapon fails. [5]

Selected Melee Weapons[edit]

Selected Blade Weapons[edit]

Blade Weapons: [6]

  1. Blade [7]
  2. Broadsword [8]
  3. Cutlass [9]
  4. Dagger [10]
  5. Foil [11]
  6. Sword [12]

Selected Bludgeoning Weapons[edit]

Bludgeoning Weapons:

  1. Club [13]
  2. Cudgel [14]
  3. Mace
  4. Morning Star

Selected Brawling Weapons[edit]

Brawling Weapons: [15]

  1. Bottle [16]
  2. Broken Bottle [17]
  3. Club [18]
  4. Cudgel [19]
  5. Fist

Selected Polearm Weapons[edit]

Polearms: [20]

  1. Axe
  2. Bayonet [21]
  3. Halbred [22]
  4. Pike [23]
  5. Spear [24]

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The weapons of the ancient world (TL:1-3) are primarily melee weapons. The first Archaic Ranged Weapons begin to supplement them, but the ancient infantryman generally relies of a melee weapon rather than a ranged one.

By the TL:4-6 epoch, ranged weapons eclipse the melee weapon and melee weapons are relegated to becoming back-up weapons to the rifles of the future. Nevertheless, melee weapons are still popular and fill a number of specialized uses, even on TL-15 worlds. [25]

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. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  2. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  3. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  4. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  5. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  6. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  7. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  8. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  9. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  10. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  11. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  12. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  13. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  14. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  15. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  16. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  17. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  18. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  19. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  20. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  21. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  22. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  23. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  24. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  25. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak