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Flat spring saps or slappers
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A sap, also known as a slapper, slap jack, or beavertail sap, is a light, martial melee weapon that does non-lethal damage.[1]

DescriptionEdit

A sap is a lead rod or disk hammered somewhat flat and wrapped in leather, then fitted to a spring handle. The handle may be an actual spring or a flexible strip of steel. Lead shot (small pellets) can also be used instead of a solid piece of lead. A typical sap costs 1gp and weighs 2lbs (0.9kg).[2]

WeaponologyEdit

A sap is intended to deliver a non-killing blow, dealing out non-lethal damage for roughing someone up or knocking them unconscious. Knowing where to strike and getting in close enough to use a sap requires some skill and therefore the sap is considered a martial weapon.[3] It is very difficult but not impossible to kill using a sap (or other non-lethal attack) by striking in the most vulnerable areas.[4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 116. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  2. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 116,118. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  3. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 120. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  4. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 148. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.

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