Escombros del Pasado
(Lo he escrito en inglés, por si lo quieres compartir en algún lado)
Skill level: medium
Damage: 2d4p -2
Shield damage –
Reach: 1 foot
Ripping (Special rule)
A ripping weapon is not designed to hack or puncture. Its main use is tearing skin, muscles and tendons.
Ripping weapons are usually less dangerous than hacking or puncturing ones because they can hardly reach vital organs. On the other side, due to the type of wounds they inflict their attacks are much more painful.
Karambit TOP checks: Instead of the 2d4-2 points of real damage, the dice roll should be considered 2d4 +4 for TOP checks.
The karambit or kerambit is a small hand-held, curved blade from Indonesia. Called karambit in the Philippines, it is known as a kerambit in both Indonesia and Malaysia.
As proven by its etymological roots, the kerambit originated in Java where, according to folklore, it was inspired by the claws of big cats. As with most weapons of the region, it was originally an agricultural implement designed to rake roots, gather threshing and plant rice. As it was weaponised, the blade became more curved to maximise cutting potential. Through Indonesia’s trade network and close contact with neighbouring countries, the karambit was eventually dispersed through what are now Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand.
Culturally the karambit was a subject of condescension in Java because of its history as a weapon of the agrarian peasantry, as opposed to the kesatria (warrior class) who were trained in the keraton or palace. European accounts tell that soldiers in Indonesia were armed with a kris at their waist and a spear in their hands, while the kerambit was used as a last resort when the fighter’s other weapons were lost in battle. Nevertheless it was popular among women who would tie the weapon into their hair to be used in self-defense. Even today, silat masters regard it as a feminine weapon. The renowned Bugis warriors of Sulawesi were famous for their embrace of the kerambit. Today it is one of the main weapons of silat and is commonly used in Filipino martial arts as well.
Like its Southeast Asian counterpart, the Indian bagh nakh was purportedly based on tigers’ claws and is concealed in the hand. The much simpler kerambit, however, was originally only a miniature sickle, slightly larger than the traditional Javanese rice harvesting knife and has never had the brass knuckle-type projections from either the handle or the pommel, as seen in some of the present day evolutions of the blade. Superficially the kerambit also resembles the jambiyah but there is no connection. The jambiyah was always designed as a weapon and serves as a status marker, often made by skilled artisans and jewelers using precious stones and metals, whereas the kerambit was and still remains an unadorned, modest farmer’s implement and useful utility knife.