Short Swords are, as their name implies, swords with a short blade, often used by thieves and assassins, as it is easy to conceal. This weapon inflicts 1d6 points of piercing damage and is wielded in one hand. It requires 5 points of Strength to wield this weapon and has a speed factor of 3. In Baldur's Gate this weapon is in the small swords proficiency, but in the other games this weapon appears, it's in the short sword proficiency. This item appears in Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. It can be bought from most weapon stores.
This weapon is also used as a standard weapon by kobolds and xvarts also use this weapon.
The short sword is the first type of sword to come into existence. In the simplest of terms, a short sword can be considered a dagger with a blade so long it can no longer be called a dagger. The term short sword does not exist in sword classifications. However, it has come to be used to describe a double-edged blade about two feet in length. The sword tip is usually pointed, ideal for thrusting.