King Arthur's Legend of the Round Table
Uther's Longsword School
Over the last century, this style of sword fighting has been popular with Lords and Knights in Logres. The style of sword fighting was made famous by the late king, Uther Pendragon, and has been formalized by his glory into a recognized school, as well as one of two premier Knightly Schools in Logres. While other schools have developed specialties that have narrowed their focus, Uther’s practitioners consider such things a mistake, and have carefully avoided it. Uther’s Longsword School focuses on precision in the way of the sword, the basic swordsmanship style of the known world. Uther’s Longsword students believe that if you strike your target exactly as you intend every time, there is no need for anything more complicated as part of your studies. Some regard this as simplistic, but no one argues with the style’s capabilities in battle. The study of battle itself is also a strong component of every of Uther’s student’s training, and there are virtually no Uther-trained knights who do not possess a rudimentary knowledge of tactics and strategy.
Uther’s Longsword School Techniques focus on precision and success, transforming marginal successes into greater ones and, at higher levels, changing failures to success. To some extent, the School also negates bonuses an opponent might possess, but on the part of the Uther-trained knight
UTHER’S LONGSWORD SCHOOL
- Benefit: +1 Perception
- Skills: Battle (Mass Combat), Defense, Longsword, Archery, Shortsword, any one Knight or Noble Skill
- Honor: 6.5
- Outfit: Light Armor, Sturdy Clothing, Longsword, any 1 Shortsword weapon, Traveling Pack, 5 Gold
RANK 1: THE WAY OF PENDRAGON
Knights of Uther’s Longsword School hone their fury until it is as precise as a blade. You may either ignore the portion of an opponent’s Armor TN derived from Armor, or gain a Free Raise when attacking. (You do not ignore Reduction from the Armor while choosing the first option.) Also, you gain a bonus of +1k0 to the total of all attack rolls on your first melee attack against an opponent in a skirmish, or against any opponent who has declared a Raise on an attack against you since your last turn. You add only a total of 1k0 for an enemy who Raised against you, no matter how many times they actually Raised.
RANK 2: STRENGTH OF PURITY
Uther-trained warriors are known for their dedication to chivalry, and take a fierce satisfaction in defeating dishonorable and unsavory foes. During a skirmish you may add your Honor Rank to the total of any single roll during your Turn. You may not increase damage rolls in this fashion, nor can you do this while assuming the Center Stance.
RANK 3: STRENGTH OF MY LOYALTY
The Uther Swordsman attacks twice, once for himself and once for his ancestors. You may make attacks as a Simple Action instead of a Complex Action while using weapons with the Knight keyword.
RANK 4: VICTORY BEFORE BATTLE
No foe is beyond the reach of the devoted Logres warrior. Once per skirmish, you may designate an opponent during the Reactions Stage. You may ignore any Armor TN bonuses your target receives from his Stance during the next Round.
RANK 5: UTHER’S FINAL LESSON
Mastery of Uther’s Longsword School imparts an unshakable faith in victory, honoring the late King’s victory over the Saxons at St Albans before the dreaded poisoning that killed nearly every lord and king at the victory feast. When you make Raises on any Fighting Skill Roll, if you meet or exceed the original TN (before Raises) but fail to meet the Raised TN, you still succeed without the benefits of Raises.