In my spin-off fantasy series, one of the main characters will be armed with these two weapons. One is the Viking bearded battle axe and the other is the Scottish dirk dagger. The bearded axe originated as a common woodcutting axe before being modified for war. Not only can the axe chop into an enemy, but the beard on the blade is designed to hook into the opponent’s flesh or tripping an opponent’s leg in battle. The Scottish dirk was a common dagger in the Scottish Highlands around the 1800s and was later adopted by the Japanese navy. I have chosen to include these two weapons in a main character’s arsenal because they symbolize two sides of my heritage: Vikings and Highlanders.