Federation Bat'leths and short skirted females...
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Join Date: Dec 2007
03-01-2010, 12:38 PM
While the argument regarding a miniskirt and the lack of protection in melee situation is somewhat amusing, the simple truth of the matter is that the majority of combat is done at range. With energy weapons. Weapons for which attire makes no difference whatsoever. Bat'leth combat may be fine for a duel, but on the battlefield it is ... impractical. Perhaps the Klingon Empire would fare better if the sent troops in with extra ammunition, rather than a weapon just slightly less practical than a bayonet.
In "A Book of Five Rings", by Miyamoto Musashi (written in 1645 a.d.), there is one particular piece of wisdom that has left a lasting impression upon me. From "The Ground Book", I give you the following excerpt:
"You should not have a favourite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well. You should not copy others, but use weapons which you can handle properly. It is bad for commanders and troopers to have likes and dislikes. These are things you must learn thoroughly."