In my current WIP the MC is around 15 in a semi-medieval fantasy world. She isn't particularly strong or tall but does have some training in combat. Originally I had her using a longsword but since she isn't in a position to have anything except basic weapons and I've read that swords took a lot of time and effort to produce (making them infeasible as a standard weapon) I'm looking for alternatives. I have been googling this extensively but everything I can find doesn't talk about the strength required to use the weapons. Many of the suggestions that keep coming up aren't really suitable. The most common suggestions I've found are bows (I would like to have other alternatives), knives/daggers (I can't see a teenage girl with a knife surviving very long against someone with a naturally longer reach and a better weapon) and a longsword. If anyone can point me in the right direction or give some advice I would really appreciate it.