Let me start by saying i'm a complete newcomer to 4e and a relative newcomer to D&D having played 3.5 only briefly. I'm starting a game on Saturday with 4 friends, a DM, wizard, rune priest, and cleric. My issue is, I want to play a melee ranger as I prefer light armor melee combatants who avoid damage rather than fight through it, but I don't want to feel like a drizzt clone. I am going to play an elf but everything I have read says that I should use a scimitar or bastard swords. Scimitars remind me entirely too much of drizzt, and bastard swords seem ridiculous to me when I consider a quick agile combatant so I want to avoid those. Anyway, are there any one handed weapons that work as well as scimitars for a melee ranger? Thanks for any help you can offer me.