Is it off topic to ask whether certain weapons common to fantasy RPGs (e.g. battleaxes with extremely large blades) would make feasible real-world weapons?


If the fantasy weapon has a grounding in real life, then I suspect it would be on topic.

So, asking if a buster sword is practical would be off topic as it is a fantasy weapon with no grounding in real life whatsoever. However, asking if a "large battle axe" could be used as a Fu would be on topic. Or even what martial art uses "large battles axes".

Weapon identification is on topic if it is a real weapon. A question speculating on the origin of a fantasy weapon might be best asked on scifi.

Some fantasy weapons do look no stranger than real life ones...

Blade of the Immortals

Chinese martial art weapons


Good question.

In general I think your proposed question would be a bad fit on the site because it would lead to speculation, guesswork, opinion and extended discussion - all things that are good on a forum but not on a Q&A site.

The thing to remember is that the question's subject matter is fantasy, therefore a lot of real world rules don't apply.

But in case you're wondering, the simplest way to answer your question is to consider current history - do any of the established weapons match the hypothetical battle axe with a large blade? If not then it's because it wasn't a good feasible real world weapon - it's not because the warriors of centuries gone didn't think of it.


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