The cloak fighter has been a dream of mine ever since reading the Shattered World by Michael Reaves as a kid. In the book there is a cloak-fighter name Kan Konar who just captured my imagination, who does some cool stuff with his cloak, including rolling himself up into a ball to avoid the breath of a basilisk. The Cape has pulled that back out of the recesses of my brain to start maybe fooling around with it again. Glad to see Morg giving it a crack
A short descriptive piece about the cloakfighters from the Shattered World by Michael Reaves.
"A cloakfighter," Tahrynyar murmured in admiration. "I once saw two fight in Quy. They are supreme among warriors; it is said that one can defeat five soldiers armed at all points."
Ardatha raised an eyebrow. "This I find hard to believe."
"Watch him. There - note the curl of wood shaved from the pole by the passage of his cloak? There are many sharp slivers of bone or ivory set in the hems. He can strike with the weighted corners, or use it like a whip. The material is woven from unicorns' manes, so they say, and treated with certain herbs; it is marvelously supple, and yet strong enough to turn a thrown dagger. In some cases the inner lining contains panels of phoenix feather, which can reflect the sun and blind an opponent. See those circular movements? Thus he shields himself, and confuses an opponent. The cloak can also be thrown like a net, or used to trip---"
Ardatha held up a her human hand. "I am convinced, marquis," she said dryly.
"And I haven't yet mentioned the uses of the clasp chain."
As though cued by this, the cloakfighter whipped the silver chain from about the high collar- which, Ardatha noticed, rose in curved spikes that protected the face- and, grasping the morese, snapped the linked silver about the post as though a neck. Then, his practice form evidently completed, he readjusted the deadly garment about his shoulders.