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Ottoman Mace

An Ottoman mace

A mace is a type of blunt weapon that consists of a heavy head at the end of a rod. Depending on the design, the head may be flanged or spiked to ensure greater lethality.

Description

A more advanced form of the club, the mace is characterized by a heavy head—often roughly spherical—planted atop a rod. Although longer than that of a one-handed sword grip, the design of a mace ensures that it is most effectively wielded in one hand unless it were a long mace. Like any club, wounds are inflicted primarily through crushing blows rather than through thrusting or slashing. However, in many designs, the head is flanged or spiked to ensure that beyond blunt force trauma only, targets may also be pierced or lacerated by the impact of sharp edges. If spiked, the mace is more specifically known as a morningstar. In contrast to clubs, maces are generally forged from metal rather than fashioned from wood and are fairly capable of parrying against the strikes of bladed weapons.[1][2][3][4]

History

In the 12th century, the Sultan of Egypt and Syria, Saladin, equipped some of the infantry in his army with maces. His macemen were deployed alongside other soldiers during his assault on the Assassin Brotherhood's stronghold of Masyaf in 1176.[5]

In Europe, maces were commonly utilized by mercenary and state armies alike throughout the Renaissance. Guards in cities such as Florence, Venice, and Rome were just as likely to be serviced with maces as they were with swords.[1][2] The Ottoman Empire also heavily employed the weapon, as did Templars such as Kadir. The notorious Voivode of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes, possessed at least two maces whose heads carried axe blades all around their axes, essentially merging the designs of a mace and a battle-axe in one.[3] Although they were becoming obsolete by the 18th century, maces were still present in Parisian markets at the time of the French Revolution.[4]

Weapon statistics

Peloponnesian War (5th century BCE)

Name Rarity Damage Per Second Attributes Availability
Forged Mace of the Isu Rare
Epic
?? ?? Blacksmith, Loot
Mace of the Rebellion Epic ?? ?? Complete Free Their Minds, the Rest Will Follow
Mace of the Sphinx Epic ?? + % Assassin Damage
+ % Damage with Heavy Blunt Weapons
+ % Fire Damage
Complete Awaken the Myth
Ritual Mace Common 353 DPS 3% Warrior Damage
4% Fire Damage
??
Typhon's Mace Legendary ?? ?? Eliminate Exekias
Unrefined Adamant Mace Complete Most Adamantly ?? ??

Italian Renaissance (15th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Flanged Mace 3 3 3 10500ƒ Sequence 6
Cavalieri Mace 4 2 2 20800ƒ Sequence 7

Italian Renaissance (16th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Flanged Mace 3 3 3 N/A Sequence 3
Condottiero Mace 3 5 3 11600ƒ Sequence 6
Cavalieri Mace 2 1 1 6400ƒ Renovate 5 blacksmiths

Ottoman era

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Condottiero Mace 2 2 2 10120 Akce Sequence 4
Byzantine Mace 3 5 3 18055 Akce Sequence 7
Ottoman Mace 4 4 2 N/A Complete all Thieves Guild challenges

French Revolution

One-Handed

Name Level Damage Parry Speed Range Cost Modifiers Requirements
Mace * * * 3 3 4 2 1,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Morningstar * * * * 4 4 4 2 5,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
War Mace * * * * * 6 6 4 2 25,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A

Long

Name Level Damage Parry Speed Range Cost Modifiers Requirements
Cogneur * * 2 2 3 4 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Murder Mystery – Ancestral Vengeance
L'étoile polaire * * * 3 3 3 4 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Murder Mystery – Bones of Contention
Ceremonial long mace * * * * * 6 6 3 4 25,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A

Heavy

Name Level Damage Parry Speed Range Cost Modifiers Requirements
Heavy Morningstar * * * 3 3 1 1 1,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Heavy War Mace * * * * * 6 6 1 1 25,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A

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