Well, Weapon Styles were cut from Ultimate Combat. Well, never fear, my fellow martial art enthusiasts, I've just developed these (and published these) on my wiki today. Rules are basically the same for unarmed Martial Art styles. These start from the most familiar and will keep going until we get to the fantastic.
Hollywood Stage Swordfighting: Staged swordfights are the most recognizable form of fighting from the Swashbuckling era of Hollywood's Golden Age. Developed to please crowds when they go see a historical film, these choreographed techniques are shown on screen and are the inspiration for a multitude of onscreen swordfighting. This style is the basic weapon art we are most familiar with and can cut across time periods. It's become a timeless art.
Feat path: Power Attack, Combat Expertise, Improved Feint
Movie clip from the Adventures of Robin Hood. Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone demonstrate Power Attack, Combat Expertise, and Improved Feint.
Hollywood Stage Art of Defence: Things get complicated when you want to do a swashbuckling movie with rapiers and you want to simulate rapier fighting on screen. Fortunately, the Arte of Defence is also timeless, as fencing was done with bronze age rapiers as well as with Renaissance ones. Although the expression of the Hollywood version is more arty in it's choreography and requires a different feat path. The fencing is based on the Spanish school with some influence from the French school most likely.
Feat path: Weapon Finesse, Power Attack, Intricate Swordplay
Movie Clip from the Court Jester. Danny Kaye shows his brilliance as he and Basil Rathbone demonstrate Weapon Finesse, Power Attack, and Intricate Swordplay (feat details at the end of this treatise).
Hollywood Stage Tai Chi Quan: the Chinese style of Fencing, the hollywood version gets very mobile and powerful. This is the sort of weapon art you see in Hero especially the green fighting scene where Broken Sword does battle with the Emperor Chin Huangdi Shi, the first Emperor of China. The fencing is based on actual Tai Chi Quan using the Jian.
Feat path: Weapon Finesse, Power Attack, Improved Sunder, Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack, Whirlwind Attack, Intricate Swordplay
Movie clip from Hero. Broken Sword, Flying Snow, and Emperor Chin Huangdi demonstrate Weapon Finesse, Power Attack, Improved Sunder, Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack, Whirlwind Attack, and Intricate Swordplay
Next: actual Medieval Swordfighting, the Arte of Defence, and Tai Chi Quan Wudang.
(NOT A) NEW FEAT
You have been trained in the flashy Western style of swordplay. In Golarion, such swordplay is demonstrated in Andoran, Druma, Kyonin, and the River Kingdoms.
Prerequisites: Weapon Focus (broadsword, longsword, rapier, or arming sword), Combat Expertise, Cha 13.
Benefit: Whenever you have a broadsword (sometimes also called a longsword), or arming sword in your hand, and are wearing at most chainmaille or the equivalent, you may add your Charisma bonus as a special bonus to your CMD or AC, your choice.
From Conan: The Roleplaying Game.
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