The way I see it, if you're going to do an item durability thing, be
reasonable about it. Many weapons can go for a very, very long time without
any big repairs. Take your basic sword. After beheading a few hundred
goblins with it, it's gonna dull down. Now, it won't become unusable at all,
just noticeably less effective at beheading goblins. However, even Wangor
the Enchanter knows how to sharpen a blade, and could effectively sharpen it
without damaging it. Now, granted, some items, such as shields, don't repair
that easily, but they're hard to damage in the first place anyway. A
warhammer is most likely not going to lose its effectiveness over time,
however if the handle is made of wood it'll break after a while, though that
is a bit unlikely anyway.
We must also remember the weaponization of everyday objects or things not
usually regarded as a weapon. A strong character could throw a boulder at
his enemies, and even warhammers snapped in twain can still be hefted at
oncoming adversaries. Just a couple of things to think about.
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