Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Weapon Generator

I've seen a few magical weapon generators around, and wanted to design one for lower magic settings, creating specialized nonmagic weapons, or just as a baseline before adding magic powers to it. Some thought should be put into how the weapon looks and works, for example a short blade with a long haft would be a spear, whereas a short blade with a one handed haft would be a dagger.



  1. Long blade
  2. Short blade
  3. Axe
  4. Mace
  5. Hammer
  6. Scythe

Haft length

  1. One handed
  2. Hand and a half
  3. Two handed
  4. Medium length
  5. Long
  6. Chain

Decoration area

  1. Head
  2. End
  3. Side
  4. Cross guard
  5. Handle
  6. Pommel

Sword tip (for long blades or short blades)

  1. Pointed
  2. Curved
  3. Angular
  4. Square
  5. Forked
  6. Round

Sword shape (for long blades or short blades)

  1. Straight
  2. Narrow
  3. Curved
  4. Weighted
  5. Round
  6. Wavy

Axe type

  1. Straight
  2. Curved
  3. Bearded
  4. Narrow
  5. Round
  6. Angular

Mace type

  1. Flanged
  2. Morningstar
  3. Club
  4. Round
  5. Skull
  6. Figure

Hammer type

  1. Four pointed
  2. Flat
  3. Pick
  4. Flared
  5. Tapered
  6. Figure

Scythe type

  1. Curved
  2. Straight
  3. Angular
  4. Rounded
  5. Squared
  6. Double

Handle material

  1. Dark wood
  2. Light wood
  3. Red wood
  4. Ebony
  5. Ivory
  6. Copper

Grip type

  1. Leather
  2. Cloth
  3. String
  4. Steel
  5. Silver
  6. Gold

Pommel shape

  1. Circle
  2. Ball
  3. Diamond
  4. Triangular
  5. Broad
  6. Curve


  1. Straight
  2. Curled
  3. Flared
  4. Basket
  5. Circular
  6. None

Decoration type

  1. Lining
  2. Engraving
  3. Embossing
  4. Filigree
  5. Painting
  6. Plating

Head material

  1. Steel
  2. Stone
  3. Bronze
  4. Iron
  5. Silver
  6. Gold


Mace head, medium length, decorated crossguard, morningstar head, ivory handle, string grip, broad pommel, straight crossguard, plated decoration, iron head

Classic morningstar mace, of an old design but with fine materials, probably made for a wealthy warrior or leader in bygone eras. The head is made of iron but the hilt is long and carved of ivory, with a grip of string wrapped in a fine pattern. It possesses a guard just below the head that has been plated with gold, further emphasizing its value.
Long blade, one handed, decorated pommel, square tip, round blade, copper handle, cloth grip, triangular pommel, curled crossguard, filigree decoration, silver blade

Holy sword with a wide curved, silver blade representing the cleansing power of the moon against the accursed. There is a twin weapon of gold representing the sun which supposedly wards off demons. The pommel is a wide cone with a delicate filigree across the rounded surface, and the handle is copper wrapped in silk.
Axe blade, chain, decorated crossguard, narrow blade, light wood haft, gold grip, diamond pommel, curled crossguard, gemstone decoration, gold blade

The blade of this weapon is narrow and golden, almost like a chisel, on the end of a lightly hued wooden chain and a golden handle. There is a diamond shaped pommel, with a crossguard on the handle bearing a large ruby.

Simplified examples

If you need to roll up something quick or aren't concerned with all the little details, you can just roll the head type, length, and decoration. I would recommend not rolling for the head material for most weapons either way, only on particularly special ones.

Long blade, one handed, decorated crossguard
Arming sword with a gilded crossguard.

Hammer, long, decorated pommel
Polehammer with a golden cap at the bottom end.

Short blade, one handed, decorated handle
A fine dagger with filigree along the grip.