The trident is a relatively old weapon. Many of
the early Greek gods, espicially those who lived in the water, are said
to carry a trident. This is thought to be because the greeks, or
the people they descended from, used the trident for fishing. Fishing,
of course, was the tridents main purpose as it was never used in an actual
battle. While it wasn't used in battle, the trident did become
something of a power or ceremonial symbol, espicially for sailors.
Even today, in some countries, the trident still holds a ceremonial function.
It is perhaps because of this ceremonial usage that it eventual found its
way into the Roman coliseum (being as gladiator combat has it's roots in
several ancient ceremonies, mainly greeko/etruscan). The trident
was used exclusively by a class of gladiator known as the retiarii, also
known as the net man. The retiarii were equipped with a trident,
net and protected only by a leather or metal shoulder piece (galerus) on
their left side.
The trident of midlight has also found it's way
into the arena. Much like the spear, the trident is capable of devastating
punctures, but unlike the spear is slightly more defensive. The pronged
shape of the trident allows it to easily hook an opponents blade between
the prongs disarming him. The trident is also the distinctive weapon
of the Tuchean. It is often seen being used by various pirates from
the country, as well as some of their soldiers.
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