fighting staff |type=Melee Weapon |culture=*Minbari Warrior caste
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- Rise of the Empire
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A Denn'bok, or collapsible fighting pike, was a traditional weapon carried by members of the Minbari warrior caste as well as members of the Anla'Shok. Consisting of a retractable metal-alloy staff about five feet long when fully extended, the denn'bok became something of a signature symbol for the Anla'Shok. By tradition, only those deemed worthy by the F'hursna may train with or own a denn'bok. During Ranger training, a wooden analogue is used in lieu of an actual pike in sparring sessions.
According to Ramde Zarwin, one of Valen's earliest non-Minbari followers, the denn'bok was styled after a Tak'cha weapon called a Barrken, with Zarwin himself giving Valen his first groundings in its use. However, the Tak'cha's subsequent dishonor and banishment from Valen's alliance led to their being expunged from Minbari historical records.
Tradition and UsesEdit
Every Ranger and member of the Minbari warrior caste were trained in the use of the denn'bok, though only those certified as worthy by the F'hursna were permitted to own their own pike. It was a weapon that could get past scanners and guards, and deliver both lethal and non-lethal force when properly wielded.
Since few new pikes are manufactured, most of those in use are very old and have had many owners. The one carried by Marcus Traabo had originally been intended for Cathryne Sakai but instead was given to Marcus by Entil'Zha Synklair in 20 BBY following her disappearance in the Peruvian Sector, since Synklair told Marcus that Cathryne would have appreciated him having it. After the "death" of Marcus in 5 ABY, it fell into the possession of Susan Ivanova, Marcus' friend from Caprica. Keeping it for many years, Ivanova proudly displayed it in her office at the Skydrome when she was promoted to General in 12 ABY. When she resigned her Caprican Security Force commission in 21 ABY, she took it with her to Minbar when she became the new Anla'Shok Na.
RPG D6 StatsEdit
Model: Anla’Shok Melee Weapon
Skill: Melee Combat: Denn’Bok
Availability: 4, X
Damage: STR + 3D
Notes: The Denn'bok is a collapsible staff weapon with a cortosis weave alloy.