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Old 06-30-2017, 12:33 AM   #46
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Default Re: Can you Parry a Bear?

Originally Posted by GodBeastX View Post
I think my issue with parrying heavy things is that I feel parries should fail before a sword does. You have a SM+4 giant punching you with 80 ST for roughly 9d of damage.

This is, in GURPS terms, the same impact as a small car going ~40 mph. If you can't parry a car smashing into you, why would you be able to parry a fist like that? Perhaps your weapon won't break, but at what point does the fact you don't have the strength to stop or deflect an attack come into play where you just collapse, even if the weapon doesn't break?
yep, your grip is weaker than your weapon* and yeah while parrying is about deflection of energy there is only so far that goes. Though more skill should help compensate for this so I like "making skill count" in the broken blade.

*ok barring very specific combinations of force type, weapon material and direction

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