jolantru: (steampunk)
jolantru ([personal profile] jolantru) wrote in [community profile] steampunk_nusantara2010-04-13 01:52 pm
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Abstract of Item: Rapier.

Item is a rapier of hybrid Arabic/French design. Breathtaking artistry, displayed in the gold-filigreed saucer-shaped guard, with pomegranate leaves and embedded rubies and emeralds. The hilt is crafted with embracing simurghs. Blade reminds one somewhat of a scimitar, even though it is obviously a rapier.

Along the blade are Arabic inscriptions -
Front: Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul
Back: For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

The lines seem to hail from Kahlil Gibran, though I couldn't seem to find the reference. [Linguistics, want to have a go at it?]

Length: 110cm.
Weight: 1.3kg.

The rapier constantly vibrates, even though there is no obvious power source. I suspect a strange technology has been involved in the crafting of this item, perhaps similar to the chainswords I have heard about during intellectual discussions.

[personal profile] nyarlathotep 2010-04-13 06:04 am (UTC)(link)
Blade reminds one somewhat of a scimitar, even though it is obviously a rapier.

Really? Is there a curve to the blade itself?

This is interesting because scimitars are supposed to be slashing weapons, and rapiers are stabbing ones.

Did you get any of the interns to test the blade by touch? Possibly with protective gloves, of course.

[personal profile] nyarlathotep 2010-04-13 07:02 am (UTC)(link)
Remind them that accidental bone liquification and vibration-related dental injuries aren't covered by our healthcare provider!