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Old 03-21-2015, 09:17 PM   #1
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Default Can you Parry a Bear?

Simple situation:

You are facing a grizzly bear. It takes a swipe at you with its massive claws. If you character is armed with a typical longsword, can he parry this attack?
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:23 PM   #2
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No problem (if he makes parry check), he has a good shot at hurting the bear pretty severely to
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:53 PM   #3
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I'm guessing the bear is putting more weight into the paw than the sword weighs. Look up the rules for parries and weapon breakage.

Regarding damaging the bear: http://forums.sjgames.com/showthread.php?t=112914

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Old 03-21-2015, 09:56 PM   #4
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You'll hurt the bear, but, you'll also need to check the weapon breakage rules.
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Old 03-22-2015, 12:31 AM   #5
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Parrying Heavy Weapons (p. B376) states:
"The same is true for unarmed attacks from high-ST creatures.
For the purpose of these rules, treat a punch, kick, bite, etc.
as a weapon with an effective weight of 1/10 the attacker’s ST."

So, for the character have ST10 and broadsword (3 lb.),
unarmed attack more than ST 90: Risk to break weapon.
unarmed attack more than ST 200: Cannot parry.

And see http://forums.sjgames.com/showthread.php?t=87090&page=4[/QUOTE] #32 - #35.

If use BL/20 instead of ST/10,
then,
unarmed attack more than ST 30: Risk to break weapon.
unarmed attack more than ST 45: Cannot parry.
(for the character have ST10 and broadsword (3 lb.))
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Old 03-22-2015, 02:32 AM   #6
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Default Re: Can you Parry a Bear?

A grizzly bear, according to page B.456 has a ST of 19, so his claws (swing attack) have an effective weight of 1.9 lbs. So by that, yes, you could parry a bear claw swipe with a longsword with a weight of 4 lbs.

The bear would most likely take damage from the parry however.
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Old 03-22-2015, 04:46 PM   #7
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Is it a hand held bear, a thrown bear, or fired from a bear cannon?
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:31 PM   #8
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Is it a hand held bear, a thrown bear, or fired from a bear cannon?
Or, even worse...
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:58 PM   #9
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Simple situation:

You are facing a grizzly bear. It takes a swipe at you with its massive claws. If you character is armed with a typical longsword, can he parry this attack?
I will note that The Broken Blade in Pyr 3/87 was written to deal with this question.
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Old 05-31-2017, 02:17 AM   #10
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I will note that The Broken Blade in Pyr 3/87 was written to deal with this question.
And has the "making skill count" allows you trade off penalties to increase your breakage threshold

So a Grizzly Bear with ST19, Blunt claws and Brawling +3

is going to be doing 2d-1 +2 + 2 = 2d+3 (or I guess 3d) on a strike

A long sword is MinST11 for a Defence Breakage Threshold of 11

so yeah it's touch and go when parrying
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