Swordsman Schools

Avalon, Highland Marches, Inismore, and Bryn Bresail

SchoolDescriptionDate Added
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

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
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
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
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 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
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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