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« on: July 19, 2016, 01:14:38 AM »

I really want my assassin character to wield katanas, but I don't want to have Japan in my world (it would cause a lot of complications.) Can I say that my character wields katanas, but isn't Japanese, and was only trained to wield them?
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2016, 01:43:41 AM »

Is there a specific reason that your character has to wield a "Katana"? Couldn't it just be a sword that looks like a katana but hasn't any link to japan?


 
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2016, 04:22:35 AM »

There are a few popular characters that come to mind that are not Japanese and use a katana as a weapon. You could always just refer to the weapon as a sabre/saber, but have the design resemble an actual katana.
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2016, 04:28:31 AM »

It does feel a bit like cheating. What parts of the sword do you suggest I change so it wouldn't resemble a katana too much? I feel like changing the blade in some way could justify the name change
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2016, 04:52:00 AM »

Consider sabre/saber to be a bit of a broad word, primarily referring to any narrow, slightly curved blade. In a lot of games, I've seen what appeared to be a katana, but called a sabre; I wouldn't be too concerned on changing how it looks or trying to base the design off the European sabres from the 1700s, remember it's just a name. I guess the point is that "sabre" (at least in my eyes) can still refers to the shape of the blade while not having a name that is of Japanese origin.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Types_of_swords

Here's a list of swords from various cultures. Maybe you can find one that might better suit your needs.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2016, 07:56:29 AM »

Oooh, thanks for showing that list to me! Certainly going to use it in the future. I guess I'll stick with the sabres to avoid any major plot holes or stuff like that. Thanks again!
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