When is a sword a sword?
One of the issues that has faced us in the past is how we accurately represent iconic weapons yet stay true to the KISS principle. Our approach has been to look at the function of each weapon and then classify it by that function.
So, for example, in IHMN we had a simple entry called ‘Sword’. This covered infantry officer’s swords, cavalry sabres and other one-handed swords such as scimitars. Although each weapon was different in look they all performed the same function on the field of battle.
We face the same issue in Daishō. Samurai and Ronin Bushi carry the famous Katana. Many ‘lesser’ men, such as the Warrior Monks of the Sōhei and Ikkō-ikki carry a Tachi, and the Ninja carry the Ninjato.
Each of these swords are about the same size and perform the same function. Classic illustrations show each being used one and two handed, so in Daishō they shall all be classed as swords. However, due to their status, the Katana of the Samurai are much more likely to be master-worked or of a legendary nature, thus gaining important bonuses to their capabilities.
Similarly we shall be classifying the Samurai No-dachi in the same category as the Sōhei Ōtachi as Great Swords.