Fighting Style Boxing

(1-5)

Prerequisites: Strength ¥¥¥, Stamina ¥¥ and Brawl ¥¥

Effect: Your character is trained in the art of boxing, able to deliver swift, powerful punches, and to duck and weave away from opponentsÕ attacks. He might have participated in the sport in high school or college, or made a go of it professionally. Or he might have taken some classes at the local health club as a form of exercise. Dots purchased in this Merit allow access to special combat maneuvers. Each maneuver is a prerequisite for the next. So, your character canÕt have ÒDuck and WeaveÓ until he has ÒBody Blow.Ó The maneuvers and their effects are described below, most of which are based on the Brawl Skill.

Body Blow (¥): Your character can deliver powerful blows that leave opponents reeling and gasping for air. If successes inflicted in a single Brawl attack equal or exceed a targetÕs Size, the victim loses his next action. Duck and W eave (¥¥): Your character is trained to instinctively duck and evade an opponentÕs blows. Use the higher of your characterÕs Dexterity or Wits to determine his Defense when dealing with Brawl-based attacks only (not against Weaponry attacks). If a combination of Brawl- and Weaponry-based attacks is focused on your character in the same turn, use his normal Defense against both.

Duck and W eave (¥¥): Your character is trained to instinctively duck and evade an opponentÕs blows. Use the higher of your characterÕs Dexterity or Wits to determine his Defense when dealing with Brawl-based attacks only (not against Weaponry attacks). If a combination of Brawl- and Weaponry-based attacks is focused on your character in the same turn, use his normal Defense against both.

Combination Blows (¥¥¥): Your characterÕs training and experience allow him to devastate opponents with a flurry of rapid blows. He can make two Brawl attacks against the same target in a single action. The second attack suffers a -1 penalty. Drawback: Your character cannot use his Defense against any attack in the same turn in which he intends to use this maneuver. If he uses Defense against attacks that occur earlier in the Initiative roster, before he can perform this maneuver, he cannot perform the maneuver in the turn. He is too busy bobbing and weaving out of the way of attacks.

Haymaker (¥¥¥¥): Your character can deliver powerful, accurate blows capable of knocking an opponent unconscious with a single punch. A single Brawl attack that equals or exceeds the targetÕs Size in damage might knock him unconscious. A Stamina roll is made for the victim. If it succeeds, he is conscious but he still loses his next action due to the Body Blow (see above). If it fails, he is unconscious for a number of turns equal to the damage done.

Drawback: Your character cannot use his Defense against any attack in the same turn in which he intends to use this maneuver. If he uses Defense against attacks that occur earlier in the Initiative roster, before he can perform this maneuver, he cannot perform the maneuver in the turn. He is too busy bobbing and weaving out of the way of attacks.

Brutal Blow (¥¥¥¥¥): Your characterÕs accuracy and power are such that his fists are lethal weapons, able to injure or kill opponents. A brutal blow inflicts lethal instead of bashing damage.

Drawback: Spend one Willpower point per attack. Note that this Willpower expenditure does not add three dice to the attack.

Fighting Style Boxing

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