New Combat Companion Weapon Styles

Copyright Steven Carpenter © 2013

Edited by Terence Wynne for The Guild Companion

"Cappa Ferro is taught at the Merethrin schools of the blade as well as by many private instructors."

The following are a number of new weapon styles for human, elven, and dwarven cultures created using the combat companion weapon style rules. Costs are for style skills as described in "Fighting with Style" so total style point value should be increased by 1 for straight CC rules. Some also use additional rules/options from "Fighting with Style."

Human Styles

Cappa Ferro Style

This basic fencing style focuses on rapid attacks and quick blows. It is taught at the Merethrin schools of the blade as well as by many private instructors and is becoming popular with the young nobility.
Elements: Single Weapon Focus (Rapier) [1], Basic Swing [0], Fast Strike [1], Offensive Strike [1].
Available Maneuvers: Defensive Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1].
Total Style Point Value: 3

Elezar's Defense Style

A style taught by the Merethrin school of the blade in all the kingdoms major cities. It is primarily taught to bodyguards and others who prefer to focus on defense and are less interested in taking chances to harm their enemy.
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Long Double Edged Blades) [4], Additional Defense[1], Basic Swing [0], Block [1], Defensive Strike [1].
Available Maneuvers: Defensive Block [1], Reverse Strike [1], Riposte [1]
Total Style Point Value: 7

Mounted Lance Style

This style is the primary attack style for any heavy armored cavalry. As one of the chivalric skills, it includes the use of the lance in both warfare and tournaments and both uses benefit from the experience in the other. This style should be limited to characters taking a training package such as the Noble or Knight TP based around the social classes that could wield the lance. (Requires the Polearm category include the Mounted Combat Option.)
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Polearms) [4], Mounted Style [3], Shield Training [3], Mounted Strike [0], Required Skill (Riding-Horse) [1], 3 Known Maneuvers[3]
Available Maneuvers: Jousting [1], Killing Strike [1], Mounted Attack [1], Mounted Charge [1], Mounted Defense [1], Offensive Strike [1]
Total Style Point Value: 14

Sword And Shield Style

This style is the standard military style learned by mercenaries, household knights and other medium and heavy foot. It is based on individual and formation fighting with one-handed blades and shield. It should be available to anyone taking a Soldier, Mercenary, Guardian, or related TP.
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (long double edged blades) [4], Shield Bash [2], Shield Training [3], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Fast Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Offensive Strike [1], Sacrifice Strike [1]
Total Style Point Value: 9

Spear And Shield Style

This style is commonly used by militia and basic military units focusing on polearms and shield. It should be available to anyone taking the Soldier, Mercenary, Guardian, or related TP.
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Polearms) [4], Shield Training [3], Basic Swing [0],
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Fast Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Offensive Strike [1], Reverse Stroke [1], Sacrifice Strike [1]
Total Style Point Value: 7

Thibault Style

This style evolved to beat those relying on the Cappa Ferro style. It also focuses on speed but uses it to counter the quick attack and get inside the guard of the Cappa Ferro user.
Elements: Single Weapon Focus (Rapier) [1], Bonus Initiative [2], Counter(Cappa Ferro) [1], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block[1], Defensive Strike[1], Killing Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1], Riposte [1]
Total Style Point Value: 4

Tourney Knight Style

This style is the meat and potatoes of the tournament knight. Focused entirely on the exhibition of skill and expertise in precision targeting and unhorsing opponents, it is the ultimate evolution of mounted lance combat into a sport. While highly effective in the jousting lists, it does have its limitations in real combat. This style should be limited to characters taking a training package such as the Noble or Knight TP based around the social classes that could wield the lance.(Requires the Polearm category include the Mounted Combat Option.)
Elements: Single Weapon Focus (Jousting Lance) [1], Mounted Style [3], Shield Training [3], Mounted Strike [0], Required Skill (Riding-Horse) [1], Jousting [1]
Available Maneuvers: Offensive Strike [1]
Total Style Point Value: 9
**The Jousting Lance is designed to unseat a rider rather than penetrate his armor and as such should use unbalancing crits of two levels lower vice puncture.

Yeomans Bow Style

This style focuses on the use of the bow at a distance and is commonly learned and taught by yeomen, foresters, hunters and scouts.
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Bows) [4], Reduced Range Penalty[2], Basic Shot [0], Far Shot [1]
Available Maneuvers: Brace [1], Killing Shot [1], Offensive Shot [1], Quick Shot [1]
Total Style Point Value: 7

Faranthin Cavalry Style

This style is used by all the mercenary cavalry from Faranthin as it is taught to all the horsemen of their clans. They are well known for their relationship with their mounts and their effective use of them in combat. This style should be limited to characters from the Faranthin culture or with a connection to them where they could learn this style. (Requires the Long Single Edged Blades category include the Mounted Combat Option.)
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Long Single Edged Blades) [4], Mounted Style [3], Shield Training [3], Mounted Strike [0], Required Skill (Riding-Horse) [1], Mounted Defense [1], 2 Known Maneuvers[2]
Available Maneuvers: Killing Strike [1], Mounted Attack [1], Mounted Charge [1], Offensive Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1]
Total Style Point Value: 14

Gentle Hand Style

This unarmed combat style was developed by the acolytes of Bera to protect themselves while traveling without breaking their vows to not harm other people. Its focus on defense and non-lethal methods led to its widespread adoption by women in the southlands as one of the few means they had of defending themselves. It is still widely shunned by most men due to its perception as "weak" and not useful for fighting. The style should only be available to women in the southlands or to those who have taken vows with the order of Bera or Ishtra.
Elements: Primary Martial Arts Focus (Tier 3 Sweeps) [3], Agile Defense [2], Additional Defenses [1], 1 Known Maneuver [1], Basic Sweep [0].
Available Maneuvers: Defensive Throw [1], Disarming Throw[1], Legsweep[1], Riposte [1]
Total Style Point Value: 7

Travelers Shield Style

Another combat style developed by the acolytes of Bera along with those of Den to protect themselves while traveling without drawing attention to themselves by carrying weapons. It focuses on defense and the use of the common travelers staff. The style should only be available in the southlands or to those who have taken vows with the orders of Bera or Den.
Elements: Single Weapon Focus (Quarterstaff) [1], Subdual [5], Additional Defenses [1], 1 Known Maneuver [1], Basic Swing [0], Block [1].
Available Maneuvers: Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike[1], Legsweep[1], Riposte [1]
Total Style Point Value: 9

Three Swords Style

This style is based around Shortsword, Katana, and two-handed Katana use. It focuses on rapid attacks and strong defense with two weapons or attack with one. It should only be available to certain classes of warriors in a culture that focuses on a dedication to the blade. (Requires the Long Single-Edged Blades category have the quickdraw option.)
Elements: Single Weapon Focus (Katana) [1], Secondary Weapon Focus(2H Katana) [2], Add/Sec Attack - Weapon(Short Sword) [3], Defense Ward [4], Bonus Initiative [2], Deflection [6], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Fast Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Offensive Strike [1], Sacrifice Strike [1]
Total Style Point Value: 18

Elven Styles

Dance Of Falling Flowers Style

This is an elven style focused on multiple foes as part of a dance. It should only be available to elves in a culture that practices the sword dance.
Elements: Single Weapon Focus (Long Kynac) [1], Agile Defense[2], Additional Attack [2], Additional Foe [1], Required Skill - Dance [1], 1 Allowed Maneuver [1], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Fast Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1], Riposte [1]
Total Style Point Value: 8

Dance Of Driving Ice Style

This is an elven style focused on multiple foes and two weapons as part of a dance. It is a more advanced version of the falling flowers style and should only be available to elves in a culture that practices the sword dance.
Elements: Single Weapon Focus (Long Kynac) [1], Agile Defense[2], Additional Attack [2], Additional Foe [1], Add/Sec Attack - Weapon(Kynac)[3], Defense Ward [4], Required Skill - Dance [1], 1 Allowed Maneuver [1], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Fast Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1], Riposte [1]
Total Style Point Value: 15

Eagles Strike Style

This elven style focuses on the use of the bow at a distance and is the primary style learned by hunters and scouts. It should only be available to those growing up in an elven culture
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Bows) [4], Reduced Range Penalty[2], 1 Allowed Maneuver [1], Basic Shot [0], Brace [1].
Available Maneuvers: Far Shot [1], Killing Shot [1], Offensive Shot [1]
Total Style Point Value: 8

Sword Dancer Style

This is an elven style focused on rapid attacks and strong defense with two weapons as part of a dance. It should only be available to elves in a culture that practices the sword dance.
Elements: Single Weapon Focus (Long Kynac) [1], Add/Sec Attack - Weapon(Kynac)[3], Defense Ward [4], Bonus Initiative [2], Required Skill - Dance [1], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Fast Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1], Riposte [1]
Total Style Point Value: 11

Gusting Wind Style

This elven style focuses on rapid attacks and defense. It should only be available to those growing up in or living in an elven culture.
Elements: Single Weapon Focus (Long Kynac) [1], Bonus Initiative [2], Agile Defense[2], Allowed Maneuvers [1], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Fast Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1], Riposte [1]
Total Style Point Value: 6

Howling Wind Style

This elven style focuses on rapid attacks with two weapons. It is a more advanced style based on the gusting wind style and should only be available to those growing up in or living in an elven culture.
Elements: Single Weapon Focus (Long Kynac) [1], Bonus Initiative [2], Agile Defense[2], Add/Sec Attack - Weapon(Kynac)[3], Defensive Ward[4], 1 Allowed Maneuver [1], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Fast Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1], Riposte [1]
Total Style Point Value: 13

Dwarven Styles

Borin Foehammer Style

This is a dwarven polearm style focused on defense and versatility. It should be available to any dwarf growing up in a dwarven culture with common militia or military service.
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Polearms) [4], 3 Allowed Maneuvers [3], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Offensive Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1], Riposte [1]
Total Style Point Value: 7

Durin's Fists Style

This dwarven unarmed combat style is rough and ungraceful but designed to both protect the user and dish out lots of damage to multiple foes. It should only be available to dwarves raised in Durin's house.
Elements: Primary Martial Arts Focus (Tier 4 Strikes) [4], Additional Attack[3], Additional Foe [1], 2 Known Maneuvers [2], Basic Strike [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Martial Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1], Riposte [1], Sacrifice Strike [1]
Total Style Point Value: 10

Kandurbaks Bolt Style

This dwarven style combines their love of mechanisms with a powerful distance weapon. As a dwarven style, the weapon group includes the dwarven stonethrowing crossbow as well(see RM Underground Races). It should only be available to those growing up in a dwarven culture
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Crossbows) [4], Reduced Fumble Range[2], 2 Allowed Maneuvers [2], Basic Shot [0].
Available Maneuvers: Brace [1], Far Shot [1], Killing Shot [1], Offensive Shot [1]
Total Style Point Value: 8

Ringing Forge Style

This is a basic dwarven style derived from their use of the hammer at the forge. It should be available to all dwarves and should be the default for their adolescent training.
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Short Spikes) [4], Shield Training[3], 1 Allowed Maneuver [1], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Offensive Strike [1]
Total Style Point Value: 8

Blazing Forge Style

This is a dwarven style developed for their warriors and is a more advanced version of the ringing forge style. It should only be available to dwarves who spend time in their militia or military.
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Short Spikes) [4], Shield Training[3], Shield Bash[2], 1 Allowed Maneuver [1], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1], Offensive Strike [1], Sacrifice Strike [1].
Total Style Point Value: 10

Mountain Rockfall Style

This is an dwarven style focused on an avalanche of attacks with axes. It should be available to any dwarven culture.
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Long Axes) [4], Additional Attack [2], Additional Foe[1], 3 Allowed Maneuvers [3], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Defensive Strike [1], Fast Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Offensive Strike [1], Sacrifice Strike [1]
Total Style Point Value: 10

Woodhewer Style

This dwarven style is another cultural weapon style based around a common tool.
Elements: Group Weapon Focus (Short Axes) [4], 3 Allowed Maneuvers [3], Basic Swing [0].
Available Maneuvers: Block [1], Defensive Strike [1], Fast Strike [1], Killing Strike [1], Reverse Strike [1], Sacrifice Strike[1]
Total Style Point Value: 7