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Werspeer [GURPS]

Werspeer – Google Docs

Werspeer [19/23]

This martial art first appeared in medieval combat instruction manuals; and it disappeared there, too.  Many scholars think that Werspeer was an elaborate practical joke; rather more think that it’s a 17th Century forgery. Certainly it’s not currently practiced, except for the inevitable hobbyists.

Werspeer purported to be a martial style primarily to be used against werewolves — the pamphlet illustrations are remarkably forthright about that — and assumed a group of shield-carrying fighters armed with specialized spears and crossbows. The basic technique was to immobilize the ‘werewolf’ with their spears, allowing a crossbowman to shoot the target safely.  Werspeer fighters were, according to the books, expected to extensively train and fight together. (more…)

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