What kinds of wounds would a spear/metal rod (the weapon my character has is a bit interchangeable between the two) realistically be able to inflict on opponents? What would it most likely inflict? It’s easy to find references for sword-fighting, but as it turns out, spears aren’t too common in literature…

Spears can be used to inflict fairly deep cuts, but the primary, and lethal, injury is going to be deep penetrating strikes. If you want more detail, your best bet would be looking into industrial accidents involving impalement. Though, as we mentioned earlier; penetration is very lethal on a battlefield.

Beyond that, there were a lot of other polearms. Bladed ones like the halberd, voulge, bardiche, or glaive could carve up someone pretty badly, while keeping them at range.

-Starke

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