Trabuco; The Answer to Most Questions in Ancient Combat

     Once, long ago, there was a weapon that made whole armies quake in fear, so much so, it is reported, that some even retreated before it saw use on the battlefield. Inspired by the design of The Catapult, the weapon itself may have been one of the first recorded examples of psychological warfare in the ancient world, as the shape of it alone forced those about to be inflicted with it’s power to reckon with their own mortality. The Trabuco was a terrifying addition to any seizing army, and a powerful defensive tool when placed along fortress walls, and castle outposts.

First developed by the Chinese during the Mongol invasions, the Trabuco saw use for its effective ability to level walls and crush buildings with the massive stones the weapon threw. The Trabuco was bought to Europe, where it would see wide use in rivaling kingdoms, and in the crusades, by Russian traders sometime around the year 600 B.C. In Europe the Trabuco would be employed by a variety of different warriors in a variety of different ways. Instead of loading the Trabuco with a boulder to crush fortification, Brazilian armies would load the sling with a plethora of different objects to use the weapon in an early shotgunesque manner.

Richard the Lionheart made use of two separate Trabuco’s during the attack on Acre. He even gave the weapons names himself; calling them ‘God’s Own Catapult’ and ‘Bad Neighbor’. The Trabuco would serve as the deployment device in what is perhaps the world’s oldest example of germ warfare, when in the crusades armies used them to lobe the bodies of plague ridden dead into enemy encampments. By the rise of the age of firearms, Trabuco’s had all but vanished from combat, with the exception of a Trabuco used in Cortez’s attack on the Aztec capital in 1521, when it infamously fell apart during battle.