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Saqr Al-Nahash “Falcon Snapper” [Farfolk Invention]

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صقر النهاش

Saqr Al-Nahash

“Falcon Snapper”

 

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History & The Necessity

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The Korvassan dunes often held many prey despite its desolate and harsh environment, holding a number of different animals, commonly as Desert hares, Impalas, Lions, dune wolves, desert foxes. All holding a great deal in common, Speed and camouflage, For long hunting in Korvassa was dangerous and most time fruitless, to get into range of most prey, one would have to get decently close, Have a good aim, and not be seen. 

 

Though these animals held greater advantages to stay alive and survive in this harsh desert where it was a matter of life and death, not only from descendants that ventured forth but for the local animals who had to hunt to survive, Desert hares, Lizards, Birds and others faced Dune Wolves, Desert Foxes, Falcons and Hawks, while Impalas, Oryx, Camels, Elephants faced larger predators such as Desert Lions, Cheetahs, Dune Wolves and more, let alone the great beasts such as Sand worms and many rare and exotic creatures that live in the world. To survive in such a harsh climate they adapted to having a great eye sight, camouflaged furs and skins, great speed, and fighting capabilities.

 

The Qalasheen that settled within the dunes often hunted, being skilled in walking the sands, raised upon it, their eyesight as well was sharp, but they were humans, they did not have fast speeds like most desert animals, For Camouflage they used a variety of things, having to learn and adapt fast, as the desert’s dunes changed, storms were often, and water sources covered and lost. Another thing that went against them was their crossbows and bows, though they can go long distances like most ranged weapons, it did not have enough kick to kill larger, more acceptable and worthwhile prey. Not only did this pose an issue, the Qalasheen always had difficulty with numbers, living in such harsh environments, opposing tribes or foreign powers always stood as a threat to them, which called for a need for a weapon that could guarantee a better fighting chance, range, and multi use.

 

This was soon to come to pass, as a veteran in the Sultanate of Korvassa, Saeed Ibn Hamzah Faheem, would begin the works of the following weapon. Being conscripted into the army during the Rubern war, also known as the eighteen years war at age nine, he had been forced to adapt to the understanding of wars, being exposed to the many weapons of the northern cultures, their crossbows and such, he also learned that in war thinking outside the box and creative ways of fighting often and always have gave the upper hand, traps, weapons and such always needed to be made and used to adapt. When the war was over, he continued his career in the military, to keep sharp and fit, he and his fellow men trained but most often hunted, and fought against banditry that often tried to prey upon the Caravans that kept the sultanate aware and afloat. Though now with the Inferni invasion upon Arcas, right outside the Sultanate’s Capital the call for new forms of warfare and weapons were at its peak, and like all things of adaptation it was to kill or be killed. Saeed Son of Hamzah Faheem, of the Faheem family came from a family born and raised in wars, always prepared to create new innovative ways to defend the farfolk people and in the cause of Jihad. Took to his ancestors' past and began creating this new weapon. He would name it “Saqr Al-Nahash” in honor of his family’s history.


 

How it works & made

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Taking the resemblance of a Crossbow and similar function of one, the “Saqr Al-Nahash” would hold a few noticeable differences than its relative. It would hold not only one bow but a smaller reinforcing bow for strength and support, as well as two bows atop one another, to provide extra power and range being slightly reinforced with Qalasheen Steel. Though with such a powerful draw, the weapon was difficult to pull the drawstring back, so like all adaptation, a crank was added, making it easier to pull the the draw spring back, once the string was ready, it would lock into the trigger’s hold, so when firing the crank did not spin or injure the user. At the front of the bow, the stirrup had two strange sharp points where normally there would not be any, reasoning behind this was mainly cultural and environmental, difficult to use the stirrup in the sands, the sharp ends held it in the dunes firmly, though with the adding of a crank, one could pull the drawstring without the stirrup, so why was it added? It was added for a source of close quarters combat but only as a last resource. Another thing added was a carved hole, with a carved sight to help aim and give aid in accuracy. Overall it works like a normal crossbow, but requires an experienced carpenter to make it. Another thing of note like the crossbow, it used bolts, and depending on what you were hunting or fighting, depended on the caliber of bolt you used.


 


 

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