Doesn't the "Spear" spear have a shorter range than the javelin? Also you can carry a lot more.There's a part of me that feels the current spear steps a bit too much on the Javelin's territory. The long spears that are 'polearm-like' should not be as effective as Javelin's when thrown.
In urban areas I can imagine there is still an issue. A staff or sword would not draw too much attention, but a battlefield weapon definitely would.In Soviet Russia, Champion Fighter PROTECT YOU!!!!
Meh. Adventurers carry around 10' poles, like, on purpose. And, I should hope they could handle not sticking themselves with sharp bits of metal by accident, too.
Even in a place that allows unrestricted access to firearms and for people to be able to carry them legally, its the difference between visibly carrying a pistol, or visibly carrying an assault rifle.
Yes. "Accidently." Yes.(Though I wouldn't put it past 'em to accidentally poke eachother, now and then.)