Notes on the Hoopak
The hoopak is that most ubiquitous and distinctive of kender weapons, so much so that it is almost a symbol of the kender race. The cleft stick with a sling pocket, a weapon of many modes and a tool with lots of uses, the hoopak is emblematic of the simple ingenuity of kender.
Making a hoopak is simple, provided you find a branch of acceptable shape. The shaft of the hoopak is about three-four feet long, and must be as straight as possible. The sling pocket is a simple leather pouch with string or gut stitched through the top and bottom and looped over the forks of the hoopak.
Finding the right sort of wood is important. It must be neither too flexible nor too rigid, or this will hamper the hoopak's functions as staff or sling respectively. The kender are fond of a particular species of oak, known throughout Krynn as "kender oak" since it tends to be found around settlements of the little folk. The kender claim that they do not deliberately cultivate the tree. Kender tales relate that the tree is fond of stories and that is why it is found near them. There does seem to be, however, an almost certain chance that a kender's pouches will contain a "kender acorn" or two.
Modes of Fighting
A hoopak can basically be employed as a missile weapon or as a hafted weapon. However, there are varieties even within these categories.
As well as a weapon, of course, the hoopak is famously a walking staff. It also proves invaluable to the ever-curious kender as a tool for poking and prodding into unreachable places. Those who know kender also know that whirling a hoopak with sling pouch attached produces an eerie moaning sound, used to scare off ignorant foes.
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