- Sun Aug 07, 2022 10:46 pm
''The weapon's name is based on the French word for "Mercy".''
Not really. In fact its based on ''Misere'' aka misery in English. Misericorde is more like ''clemency out of guilt over misery'', as in having mercy for the misery of an opponent or individual after defeat, and was most commonly used under a context where your fate is dependent on the decision of someone else, either voluntarily so or not. It isn't inherently merciful in intent, for whoever you'd submit to could just as well decide to kill you, it just mean that the decision is out of your own jurisdiction and therefor you beget them for mercy, but was most commonly used used in a context where a quick death was considered the merciful option. In turn, the IRL dagger design purpose was to be able to land a killing blow on heavily armored opponent, and was made so it could easily weasel itself between plates and chainlink as to deliver a quick strike to vital organs, and wasn't intended for active combat but more of a mean to expediate the execution of armor clad soldiery whom otherwise couldn't be easily killed. Like rather than bash their skull in an unceremonial fashion with a club or hammer, or dull your weapon trying to jab them, you'd take this dagger and shiv them in the armpits so they'd die rapidly of bloodloss rather than agonize on the battlefield.
That was my autistic 2 cent rant, have a good day.