Similar to a long mace, the cogneur is effectively a long pole with a metal tip—in this case roughly in the shape of a rounded cube. While sharp studs are set into the cube, overall the polearm is mostly blunt. Though simple in design, the cogneur is effective at knocking enemies about.
During the French Revolution, a cogneur was among the specialty weapons in the armory of the police in Paris. Sometime between April 1796 and July 1797, Police Minister Charles Cochon de Lapparent gave a cogneur to the Assassin Arno Dorian of the Parisian Brotherhood as a reward for apprehending Anne de Molay, the woman who murdered Paul Teragon and Bertrand Grimany, descendants of the prosecutors of Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay.
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- The cogneur features as a long weapon in Assassin's Creed: Unity, where it is a reward for completing Ancestral Vengeance, a Murder Mystery.