Well, if were going to get on with a character-listing moment, I'll hope on the bandwagon (if not to promote the people in my
head, then to bother Kev more so with large posts)
Not all my characters are homicidal manicas, per say. The world they live in is at war, and in all likelyhood they've killed, or been within reaching distance of death. When you live in a world that was so raveged by war there could hardly be a population above 100, 000 things seem quite grim, and it reflects.
Kain (Who's name I mispelled eariler, argh!): The main source for the worlds pain. After murdering his family, Monarchs of a powerful State, he failed to obtain domination beyond his "inherited" land, which itself was threatend by invasion. So, after slipping into hidding for two or three years he returns, packing the will and ideals that would gather him follower after follower until he had an army, capably of tearing though the other countries after their own forces were weakended from prolong fighting. Kain has little opposition, in essance controlling the world. He's cold hearted, cunning, intelligent beyond any and his temper makes me seem lethargic. Most of all his guilty of nearly destroying the world. This is a guy who doesn't give a flying fuck about those weaker then him, and would play ring toss with your severed head on a stick before smiling...Er, that actually might make him smile.
Alexander: The other key, important character, Alex is Kains only surviving relative. His brother. Alex is yin to Kain's yang, but without the malicious intent he hasn't been able to put his brother down. His crusade to stop Kain, though, has developed his own sort of army, and with them he promised to stop Kain, killing him if so needed.
Ulrick: On neither Kain or Alexanders side, Ulrick is a definite example of obsessive behavour. His wife was killed during one of Kains battles, where in Ulrick was a general of the defending military, he won't stop until Kain's dead. He neglects his daughter, tends to murder whoever even doubts his cause, and is a raging drunk. Never the less, people seem to follow him as well, though more so for revenge against those that took their families instead of anything else.
Gah..Getting long. Those are three pillars to a massive amount of characters. Some time soon I hope to post up a list of characters (The more important ones) with tiny bios, just for shits and giggles. Either way I have far to many to sully the Forum with.
Guns are perhapes cheap, but war has evolved, and as much as I love medievel weaponry, I'm going to face down an mans .357 revolver with my 9mm Semi. Blunt objects, such as clubs, tables, another persons head, would definitely fit under the "use if you have to" list, but then, fighting isn't always fancy, perfect moves and the graceful meeting of combatents.
As for the Longbow vs. Crossbow debate, I'd have to say it all depends. A longbow is a wonderfully powerful and aqquirate weapon at long range, and you could take a rider off his horse from across the battle-field, but a crossbow is faster and more devestating at close range, being smaller but still punching through shield and armour. (Damn you History Class!) Its all on situation, I suppose. Though, I find an idea weapon is a small, pistol-sized crossbow. Its not as powerful or capable of long range, but you can put a bolt in someones neck before they reach you
As much as anything
can become a weapon, its not so much how obvious the tool is, but what the person holding it intends to do. I'm sure people have been stabbed and hurt by common objects as much as a sword or knife, but the obvious weapons are choosen first and showcased more, so the best we can do is thank the fuckers who ruin it for everyone else. Mind you, if you work on that text-book fighting technique you may be able to seek out justice.
Oh, to throw a boomerange so it returns you must hold about half way up on end, with the curve facing outward [ so if your throwing <-- this way, hold it like ) that ] You have to flick your wrist, as well as using your arm to through, making sure the 'range's got a counter-clockwise spin. Hope that helps, but to be certain don't chuck the thing at people just yet.