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Combat Etiquette

There are two schools of thought when it comes to combat. First, is that the game should be fair and just, and that the most skilled combatant will win. The other thought, is that whoever wins, regardless of how they won, is the victor.

Rouges, thieves, and criminals never use etiquette. They feel that the ends justify the means. For you dishonorable wretches, look elsewhere for advice. This guide is for people with honor, who love a good fair fight, and even though they should die, their honor will live on.

Physical combat is a very strenuous sport full of passion and aggression. Because emotions run wild in the middle of battle, the only thing that separates you from just another animal is your etiquette. Showing proper etiquette proves your honor. The following pointers should be observed on the battle field to show proper etiquette.

Boffer Etiquette

Never attack an unarmed person. If you want to kill an unarmed person, give them a weapon of equal strength to your own first, then kill them.

Never attack a person from behind. Only cowards and rouges attack from the shadows. Make sure that the person is fully aware of your intentions before you begin combat.

Allow a person to pickup a disarmed blade. If a person fumbles with their weapon and drops it, they have been disarmed. Give them the chance to pick it back up, before continuing the duel. (Unless the goal is to disarm your opponent.)

Salute your opponent before a duel. In a formal duel it is considered proper to salute your opponent before starting the duel. Each person learns to salute in a different way. Some raise their weapon to their face, some make a small bow, some shake hands, etc. This is done to show that you have respect for your opponent, and that you will fight fair.

Ranged weapons are dishonorable. Although they are a more effective weapon, they lack the personality of a melee weapon. Thus, an honorable person will never use them.

Shake hands after a match. It's good practice to show that there are no hard feelings by shaking hands or saluting your opponent after combat.

Point out any mistakes. During the battle with your opponent you might notice a mistake they make that you can exploit. If this is the case, you should point out their error after the match so that they can correct it. Continuing to exploit a weakness is dishonorable.

Is it a law to use proper etiquette? Of course not. Throughout history great rulers and conquerors made a name for themselves by avoiding etiquette and doing things their own way. Etiquette doesn't mean you will win, in fact it actually makes it more difficult for you to win if your opponent doesn't follow the same codes of etiquette that you do. Etiquette is used by people with honor, people who are respected. Whether you have honor or not usually effects whether or not you'll be respected.

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