Swordsman Schools

Avalon, Highland Marches, Inismore, and Bryn Bresail

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
CastlemoreA single-rapier School designed for the bodyguards who protect the leaders of the O’Toole clan.05/22/21
CavanaghAn Inish Swordsman School utilized by the Fianna to guard and defend Inismore’s borders (not to mention the árd rí himself).06/19/20
DamhsalannA twin-rapier Sidhe School that combines dancing with swordplay.03/07/19
DescartesA retired Valroux Swordswoman developed this sanctioned School, whose focus is on balancing discipline and passion.09/17/20
FaíleasThis is a revision of the Swordsman School first introduced in the Sidhe Book of Nightmares sourcebook.06/25/21
FeadailA wicked knife style practiced by the diminutive Sidhe known as the Muryan, and sometimes taught to their mortal pets.05/04/19
GoodfellowThis excellent fighting style first appeared in the Avalon sourcebook and appears here with very minor revisions.06/25/21
LavanhaTaught by a Castillian living in the Highland Marches, this School trains some of the strongest Swordsmen in Théah.11/26/19
MacLeanThe small MacLean clan of the Highland Marches has turned up their noses at the MacDonald claymore School, developing this alternative and using it to great effect.12/04/19
MaxwellThe founder of this Highland School is a Separatist, a drunk, and a cheat, and his creation reflects at least one of those qualities.05/27/21
NashAn archery style developed many, many years ago as a counter to the Goodfellow style. Watch out for its trick arrows!02/27/19
O’SullivanA uniquely Inish Swordsman School (despite its ties to the Robertson salon and its sword-and-cloak training).03/14/22
PeeckeThis is a rewrite of the Peecke fighting style from the Sidhe: Book of Nightmares sourcebook, with some of the mechanics polished for use in the Poisoned Shadows campaign.09/13/20
RhiannonA Sidhe rapier School, developed solely to feud with Faileas so human rivalries between Swordsmen could be recreated.03/07/19
SteeleA School still in development, focusing on tricks with a weighted cloak as much as a rapier.08/07/19
VolterraA single-rapier School taught out of Wandesborow by a Master who has grown tired of backstabbing, politics, and the Swordsman’s Guild in general.02/02/22
WhittakerAKA “Lord Whittaker’s Rules of Conduct for the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defense.” An organized style of pugilism designed to compete with Finnegan.03/05/19
WilesA civilized School for the civilized age ushered in by Queen Elaine’s ascent to throne of Avalon.03/12/22
WilliamsThis dual-axe Fighting Style was developed by one of Robin Goodfellow’s followers to give his compatriots an edge when an opponent closes to melee range. 06/13/22

Castille

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
CalderónA sanctioned School that relies on upper-body attacks, sometimes to its detriment.08/04/19
CelestinoThis School based out of Avila is a friendly rival to Gallegos.12/21/19
EstillosA School designed with an eye towards excellence, taught by arguably the finest sword maker in all of Théah.12/05/19
GrimaA rare Castillian unarmed fighting style favored by victims of abuse (and by some men and women of the cloth).10/16/20
La CruzThe secret style of the Inquisition, cutting down heretics since 1663.12/05/19
LavanhaTaught by a Castillian living in the Highland Marches, this School trains some of the strongest Swordsmen in Théah.11/26/19
ManzadaThe founder of the Manzada School has never found a student worthy of being his apprentice. Will he find one in your game?06/29/20
MuletaA rather barbaric rapier style for bullfighters who still practice the tercio final: the Final Third.02/28/19
RiosThis Swordsman School was developed by a man who claims he actually invented the Aldana School, and is now taught by his son: the man formerly known as Torvo Espada11/26/19
SalamancaMany Knights of the Rose & Cross favor this School, which teaches non-violent solutions to combat whenever it is possible, and decisive swordplay when it is not.02/27/19
VenegasA School of command for small units, developed by the Vaticine Church in the 14th century.05/04/19

Cathay

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
Chin TeFrom the Cathay sourcebook, this revised peasant’s fighting style relies on a simple agricultural flail (or two) to withstand attacks from multiple enemies.05/09/21
JasniA revision of the Swordsman School used by the feared pirates and slavers sailing out of Tiakhar.05/23/21
JingqueA School that relies equally on the use of a jian and the power of Huan Shu.08/08/19
Ki KwanjiA revised hard-style martial art from the Cathay sourcebook which focuses on striking fast, striking hard, and striking often.05/12/21
Kuaisiu DaopianThis Swordsman School, called Hua Shao Ren Te in the Cathay sourcebook, combines a jian for offense and martial arts for defense. It is presented here with some revisions from the original.05/23/21
Ma ShejianKnown as Chima Gongjian Shou in the Cathay sourcebook, this revised style of mounted archery combat relies on quickness05/10/21
QishiA unique fighting style that allows its students to select their Mastery Level techniques, all in the search for Enlightenment.05/11/21
RamanTraditionally a woman’s fighting style, Raman relies on the use of an easily-concealed kukri and a flowing cloak to help the oppressed survive in the streets of Tashil (and the slave pits of Tiakhar).06/25/22
Shandian DaoThis revised School is the fighting style of Han Hua’s elite infantry. It was called Shan Dian Dao Te in the Cathay sourcebook.05/24/21
Tie XiongKnown as Tie Xiong Kung in the Cathay sourcebook, this revised martial art focuses on inflicting as much damage as possible to neutralize an enemy quickly and efficiently.05/04/21
Weiwu DeA school for Cathayan cavalry, called Shaktishaalee in the Cathay sourcebook, with some minor revisions.05/23/21
Wu TsainAnother revised martial arts style from the Cathay sourcebook; this one is non-violent and purely defensive.05/24/21
Ying SunKnown as Ying Sun Wo in the Cathay sourcebook, this revised martial arts style draws its inspiration from the vicious attacks of wild animals.05/04/21
ZuijiuIn the vein of Finnegan and Tschirnhaus comes this “drunken master” style of martial arts.12/05/19
Zungui QuantouThis martial art, called Zheng Yi Quan in the Cathay sourcebook, is a hybrid hard and soft style that has been revised for use in the Poisoned Shadows campaign.05/24/21

Crescent Empire

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
DaphanA revised look at this powerful scimitar School from the Crescent Empire sourcebook.05/10/21
HavradThis wildly aggressive fighting style relies on the use of the bagh nakh (singly or in pairs) to carve up an opponent before he can strike you.05/31/21
MakhlabThe tiny Saqr-alsahra tribe is known primarily for this Swordsman School, which combines a scimitar and sica to devastating effect.11/19/19
MarikkThe Crescent Empire sourcebook detailed this twin-katar fighting style with an acrobatic focus, which has been revised here.05/10/21
QurraA highly acrobatic fighting style developed by a slave aboard Khereid-Din’s Strange Skies.12/03/19
SersemlikThis is a revision of the mighty dilmekiri Swordsman School found in the Crescent Empire sourcebook.05/20/21
ShalzeriAn acrobatic twin-sica fighting style that originated in the gladiatorial slave pits of Edirne.12/01/21
ThuebanA twin-knife fighting style developed by the Qatihl’i ion case their mountain fortress ever comes under siege.06/24/22
VahiyThis school of leadership for units of mounted archers first appeared in the Crescent Empire sourcebook, and is presented here with some minor revisions.05/25/21
YaelThe dancing, twirling Swordsman School of the Crescent Empire sourcebook has been reimagined for the Poisoned Shadows campaign.05/11/21

Eisen

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
CesároAn unsanctioned rapier-and-main-gauche style handed down to descendants of the Lorenzo Family.08/04/19
DrachenklaueWhen the Nibelungen believe it is time to unleash a blade in the dark, they send a Master of this fighting style and his unique weapon.06/26/21
DuvergerThis nasty rapier-and-main gauche School uses both weapons in tandem to set up devastating combination attacks.10/30/19
EisenfaustThis is a rewrite of the Eisenfaust Swordsman School from the 7th Sea Player’s Guide, with some of the mechanics altered for use in the Poisoned Shadows campaign.02/07/21
GaussA hammer-and-sword fighting style practiced by the mystical Nibelungen in defense of their homeland.09/13/09
HackenschmidtRough and tough wrestlers study this fighting style to hold their own against Inish and Ussuran brawlers.05/04/19
KeplerA Swordsman School for surgeons, taught out of a famed university.12/05/19
KroenenThis twin-stiletto style was developed for Eisenfürst Stefan Heilgrund to better train his lieutenants.05/04/19
NoetherA knife school inspired when a duelist’s sword was broken, leaving him with only a few inches of blade.12/27/19
RicassoIf you can track down a haunted tower in the wastelands of Eisen, the ghost that dwells there may teach you this rapier School.09/12/19
RiemannA retired mercenary captain slapped together this School to teach the common citizens of Freiburg to defend themselves in the event of an attack by Stefan Heilgrund’s army.12/05/19
SchmitterA unique sword-and-knife Fighting Style that draws its inspiration from the Swordsmen of Montaigne and Vodacce.06/14/22
TschirnhausA surprisingly effective “School of Drunken Swordplay.”07/12/19
ZeitlerA nasty little School based out of Freiburg, that relies on poisons as well as swordplay to end a fight quickly and decisively.05/04/19
ZwillingsdolchA dual-knife style developed by the Nibelungen and taught only to those they deem worthy of it…and of the weapons it requires.06/11/21

La Bucca

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
du PaixThe legendary Brotherhood Swordsman Jean-Paul developed this School and shared it with his fellow Buccaneers.10/21/19

Madeira

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
LátigoA sword-and-whip School refined from Zepeda at the behest of the Madeiran government.12/05/19
MartinezThis flashy rapier School was claimed by the Madeiran government as one of its “signature” combat arts.08/06/19
RodriguesThis rapier-and-dagger School was founded during the Montaigne occupation of Castille, and has since been adopted by the nation of Madeira.11/26/19

Midnight Archipelago

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
EstillosA School designed with an eye towards excellence, taught by arguably the finest sword maker in all of Théah.12/05/19
GosseThe “secret” School of Melinda Gosse’s Gentleman Pirates, created by her father Philip.07/18/20

Montaigne

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
AubignyA dirty style of pistol dueling.09/12/19
BerthelotA peculiar School, whose focus is on strength training and power rather than finesse and flair.12/05/19
CondorcetA twice-sanctioned, twice revoked School at war with students of the Bonacci School.09/14/19
DesarguesA sanctioned rapier School for those who see the world as one large, potential brawl.05/04/19
DescartesA retired Valroux Swordswoman developed this sanctioned School, whose focus is on balancing discipline and passion.09/17/20
DuvergerThis nasty rapier-and-main gauche School uses both weapons in tandem to set up devastating combination attacks.10/30/19
FermatAn aggressive School that intermingles swordplay and fisticuffs.11/27/19
FantômeOriginally designed as a stage art, this unsanctioned School is slowly making its way through the elite of Charouse’s social circles.03/11/22
GaloisA rare single-weapon School which relies heavily on perfecting the Feint.11/20/19
GaulleThis is a revision of the Montaigne School that first appeared in the Swordsman’s Guild sourcebook.06/26/21
MarchenkoA modern, acrobatic School recently sanctioned by the Swordsman’s Guild.08/07/19
PoissonA literal cloak-and-dagger style, favored by the gallant heroes of the Freeman’s League.07/20/19
PraisseThe School of Les Tabards Noir, combining fancy swordplay with Porté tricks.09/13/19
RenoirThis Guild-sanctioned School focuses on fighting (and defeating) several foes at once.12/03/19
SavateA martial arts style, featuring a combination of kicks, fists, and other tricks. Favored by sailors who frequent the docks.08/07/19
SicesAn intriguing School, designed to allow a lady to protect herself and her garments simultaneously.09/12/19
VolantThis single-weapon rapier style can give a Musketeer an edge in mortal combat…and in a friendly rivalry with the Knights of the Rose & Cross.05/27/21

Tar-Netjer

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
EngoloAn acrobatic wrestling style practiced by the NaBula tribe.02/10/20
GambaThis is a spear-and-bracer fighting school where strength and toughness are more important than style or training.02/08/20
NanalaA fighting style which uses paired wooden sticks to slap away an opponent’s weapons and strike him in return.02/08/20

Ussura

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
AndrescuA Fhideli Fighting Style that relies on a knife and a trained falcon.09/13/19
BoemAn acrobatic dual-rapier School taught by the Vitzi Boem of Ussura’s wandering clans.02/03/20
MarchenkoA modern, acrobatic School recently sanctioned by the Swordsman’s Guild.08/07/19
StefanovAnother blow to tradition inflicted by Aleksi v’Novgorov, this sabre-and-fist School has recently been sanctioned by the Swordsman’s Guild.12/03/19

Vendel

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
AgnesiA School of Self Defense for Jennies and members of Sophia’s Daughters.09/13/19
ArgentoThe “secret style” of the Razors, based on the 16th century writings of Jorge Argento.08/07/19
BrannerA sanctioned School that relies on depriving an opponent of his weapon.02/27/19
KempA bastardized from of Kjemper: a rapier-and-buckler School to appease modern sensibilities.08/07/19
OlsonA single-rapier School taught by the youngest Fencing Master the Guild has ever known.06/09/22
ThieleA controversial School that steps on the toes of Eisenfaust but is effective nonetheless.12/03/19
UrosA sanctioned School that consists of the “modernizing” of Urostifter.09/11/19

Vodacce

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
AgnesiA Vodacce & Vendel School of Self Defense for Jennies and members of Sophia’s Daughters.09/13/19
BonacciA sanctioned School at war with its Condorcet rivals.09/14/19
BrevalliA sanctioned modernization of the Lucani School, developed by the Brevalli Family after the Lucani men were assassinated.07/11/19
CaligaraA Swordsman School used only by the sons of the mad genius, Vincenzo Caligara.10/30/19
CaralliPrince Donello Falisci commanded the creation of this School so that his family, his Fate Witches, and his guests could feel safer.05/28/21
CasiniA knife style taught to the Hands serving Prince Marco Vestini.08/06/19
CavalieriThis acrobatic School was developed by a Tricomi-trained Swordsman who chose to walk his own path.06/27/21
CesároAn unsanctioned rapier-and-main-gauche style handed down to descendants of the Lorenzo Family.08/04/19
CorsariVeronica Ambrogia’s secret “second School,” taught only to her most favored retainers to complement their Ambrogia bladework.11/20/19
MasandaThe Masanda School is taught out of the Dilatente Finishing School to the men and women charged with its defense.11/26/19
NumanaiusA modernization of the ancient School, teaching the use of a smallsword in place of a heavier gladius.08/07/19
RiccatiAn effete rapier School developed in response to the reemergence of Numanaius, which was considered old and unreliable.07/10/19
TricomiAn elegant School that produces Swordsmen famed for their skill as well as their arrogance.12/02/19
VicantiA rapier School that relies heavily on three concealed knives to turn the tide of battle.05/05/19
VolterraA single-rapier School taught out of Wandesborow by a Master who has grown tired of backstabbing, politics, and the Swordsman’s Guild in general.02/02/22

Schools for Secret Societies

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
FournierThe Black Stone Ritual can be devastating to those who draw the wrong stone. This Swordsman School was developed by one Rose & Cross Ritual veteran to assuage his guilty conscience.12/05/19
GrigoraA fast-moving, secret, twin-knife style of the mysterious Heralds.05/04/19
IschirosThe long-bladed secret style of the Heralds: very potent, but fallen into disuse in modern Théah.05/04/19
KamilThis secret School of the Eyes of the Peacock is meant to be used only as a last resort when facing enemies from outside the Crescent Empire, and those from within.01/10/22
MacHughA Swordsman School developed by a radical wing of the Invisible College, determined to wipe out the Inquisition…at any cost.09/02/20
Qor’qunqThe knife style of the deadly Qatihl’i first appeared in the Crescent Empire sourcebook, and is presented here with minor revisions.05/25/21
SchattenmesserAgents of Die Kreuzritter know there is a world beyond the shadows. This twin-stiletto style comes from that world.01/08/22

Ancient Théan Schools

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
CeleritasA literal Sword-and-Sorcery style that relies on the mystical abilities of Tempus.09/11/19
DominareAn ancient nightmare School that draws upon the power of Incubo to demoralize and defeat opponents.09/11/19
ErnteAn eerie fighting style that uses the tools of the harvest to spread fear and uphold the power of Kreis Sorcerers.08/07/19
EsuriitA macabre, ancient school that channels the spectre of death into combat via the use of Mairbh Sorcery.05/05/19
FóvosAn unsanctioned School related to Symvasi that offers great power…at a great price.02/28/19
FurtimA bloody School that marries the smallsword (originally the gladius) and Porté Sorcery.12/05/19
IncendereThis archaic School uses the power of El Fuego Adentro to empower its deadly attacks.09/11/19
PraesidiumA fighting style for Fate Witches that dates back to the days of the Bargain, when they were still in a position to defend themselves against their male oppressors.05/04/19
ResistentiumAn ancient School that combines Zerstörung with swordplay and once produced some of the most durable Swordsmen in Théah.11/20/19
SpeculoA hybrid School combining swordplay with the mirror Sorcery Mirage.10/30/19

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