Bill bec-de-bardiche glaive-guisarme

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bill bec-de-bardiche glaive-guisarme
bill bec-de-bardiche glaive-guisarme

This is a polearm from one of those countries where they have a different word for, like, everything. It's as unwieldy to wield as it is to pronounce, but hits harder than a bottle of Mad Train Wine.

Type: weapon (2-handed polearm?)
Damage: 15 - 30
Muscle Required: 60
Selling Price: 150 Meat.

(In-game plural: bel biv devoe glaives-guisarmes)
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Item number: 1469
Description ID: 715046791
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Obtained From

The Armory and Leggery (1,125 meat)


M'sieur, you heet with your bill bec-de-bardiche glaive-guisarme for X damage. Hoh hoh hoh. KERBLAM! ZOT! SOCKO!
You hack with the pointy thing on the end of your bill bec-de-bardiche glaive-guisarme, then slash with the other pointy thing, for X damage. BARF! KERBLAM! WHAM!
You hit with whatever that pointy thing is on the end of whatever this ridiculous weapon is, doing X damage. BARF! WHAM! WHAMMO!
You hit with your bill bec-de-bardiche glaive-guisarme for X damage. Quels dommages! BOINK! SPLAT! WHAM!
You smack <it> with the blunt end of your bill bec-de-bardiche glaive-guisarme for X damage. You then tell <it> to go away, or you shall taunt <it> a second time. WHACK! WHACK! KERBLAM!


  • The addition of the question mark after "2-handed polearm" is intentional: the question mark shows up in the item description, probably because such a complicated, unwieldy weapon is not so easily categorized.


  • The Bill bec-de-bardiche glaive guisarme's name is a parody of the following polearms: bill hook, bec de Corbin, bardiche, glaive and the guisarme.
  • An early edition of Dragon magazine had a lengthy article by Gary Gygax (reprinted in Unearthed Arcana as an appendix) describing many kinds of pole weapons in considerable (read: tedious) detail. Since then, long lists of polearms and the people who make them have been the butt of jokes among some gamers.
  • Bell Biv DeVoe, in the item's plural message, references the extremely succesful R&B group from the late 80s and early 90s.
  • The item's description references a quote by Steve Martin: "Boy, those French, they have a different word for everything!"
  • The message about taunting <it> a second time is a reference to the French guard in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • "Quels Dommages!" in the hit messages is a corruption of the French phrase quel dommage (literally "What Damage!"), idiomatically used to mean "What a pity."
  • An examination of the icon would suggest that this weapon is a hybrid of the halberd and partisan, neither of which are used in the weapon's name.


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