Staves


Staves have been around for ages, being simply a long stick that you hit people with. To some, it seems silly to use a stick as a weapon, when you could grab a nice sharp gladius or even a knife, but to the experienced user, a stave is more then a stick. It's balance gives it the ability to quickly move around, blocking all parts of thier body, and quickly snapping attacks at the enemy, from close-range, or even several feet away (due to the six foot length of the weapon).

The quarterstave is the chosen weapon of the Iridine Constabulary (along with clubs), the Cineran Officer, and about the entire island nation of Altene. The Altenes are trained in staves from an early age, due to being driven from their original homeland. Then King Alterod started the rigorous training program instilled in every Altene, teaching them the ways of the quarterstave.

I'll not deny the existance of the other staves maneuvers popping up about the city. Along with the familiar Snap Strike, I've also seen Sweep and Strike, Spin Strike, Triple Bash, Whirling Block, and Pivoting Longarm. I've also heard rumors of other maneuvers on the way. What exactly does this mean? I would say it points out that the moves taught by Leda and Rook just aren't enough. A staves user looking to be the best he or she can be would look into one of these rare moves.

Skill Info Ranks Taught by Trainer
Skills/Actions Difficulty Hands Range Wound Rook Leda Pelias
Staves - - - - 110 80 100
Staves Leg Sweep Average 2 Either - 110 80 95
Staves Feint Average 2 Either - 110 80 95
Staves End Jab Easy 2 Either Bruise 110 80 95
Staves Swat Easy 2 Either Bruise 110 80 95
Staves Simple Strike Easy 2 Either Bruise 110 80 95
Staves Side Strike Average 2 Either Bruise 110 80 95
Staves Pivot Smash Average 2 Either Bruise 110 80 95
Staves Longarm Strike Difficult Either Long Bruise 110 80 95
Staves Simple Block Easy 2 - - 110 80 95
Staves Crossblock Average 2 - - 110 80 95
Staves Overhead Block Average 2 - - 110 80 95
Staves Parting Jab Easy Either Short Bruise 110 80 95
Staves Parting Swat Easy Either Short Bruise 110 80 95
Staves Parting Smash Average Either Short Bruise 110 80 95
Staves Accuracy Difficult - - - 110 75 -
Staves Grip Impossible - - - 110 75 -
Staves Defensive Sweep Average 2 Either - 110 80 95
Staves Stepping Spin Average 2 Either - 110 80 95
Staves Altene Skirmish Stance Easy - - - 110 80 95
Custom Skills (Not taught by NPC trainers)
Staves Snapstrike Average 2 Either Bruise - - -
Staves Sweep and Strike Difficult 2 Either Bruise - - -
Staves Spinstrike Difficult 2 Either Bruise - - -
Staves Triple Bash Difficult 2 Either Bruise - - -
Staves Whirling Block Difficult 2 - - - - -
Staves Pivoting Longarm Difficult Either Long Bruise - - -
Skill Prerequisites
Staves Parting Jab 10 Ranks in Staves End Jab
Staves Parting Swat 10 Ranks in Staves Swat
Staves Parting Smash 20 Ranks in Staves Pivot Smash
20 Ranks in Staves Parting Swat
Staves Spinstrike 40 Ranks in Staves Snapstrike
Staves Triple Bash 20 Ranks in Staves Pivot Smash
10 Ranks in Staves Snapstrike
Staves Pivoting Longarm 20 Ranks in Staves Pivot Smash
20 Ranks in Staves Longarm Strike
Staves Defensive Sweep 40 Ranks in Staves Leg Sweep
Staves Stepping Spin 40 Ranks in Staves Parting Jab
40 Ranks in Staves Parting Swat
40 Ranks in Staves Parting Smash

Directions to Rook (Monlon): Take the ferry to Monlon, Nx3, W, N, NW, W, Nx3, NEx2, S
Directions to Leda (Iridine): Walk to toga, W, SW, S, E
Directions to Pelias (Town of Rock Valley): Walk to Hospice, wait for drover to appear, follow drover, Ex12, Nx2, Ex20, Nx2, Ex2, Nx2, W

Additional Notes

Strategy: Sweep & Support

Staves are an excellent support weapon. You can often maintain distance from your enemy and hit them from outside of their effective area. As a result, stavers are wonderful assets to close combat fighters, because they can knock down targets and then use high-damage and multi-striking attacks to deliver critical hits and fractures. Fighters choosing to be in a support role should do everything they can to stay back and let their partners with shields and heavy armor absorb blows. Stavers rarely act as the 'tank' and to do so requires not only strong dodges but you must also be well-trained in all staves blocks, including the less commonly-known Whirling Block.

Strategy: Distance Control

Keeping in the spirit of remaining at a distance, a staver with parting moves and sweep can prove both an annoyance to opponents and a heavy damage dealer. Parting moves keep your enemies at a distance, hit harder than their non-parting relatives (especially parting smash), and have a reduced roundtime. Coupled with a strategy of well timed approaching and falling back, you can cause your opponent to constantly reconsider their strategy if you get too close or move too far away for them to hit you effectively.


Staves Sweep sweep

The wielder attempts to swing the stave at the opponent's legs and knock him on his rear end. Of course, your target must be standing in order to use this attack.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak brings his quarterstave in a downward sweeping arc aimed at a thug's legs, knocking him down!


Staves Feint feint

Exactly like all the other feints, it lowers the opponents defensive abilities. The difficulty for a feint to be used is dependant on the opponents overall fighting ability, a less skilled opponent will fall for a feint easier then a more skilled warrior.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak leans forward, feigning a strike at a thug with his quarterstave.


Staves End Jab jab

The least damaging of all the staves moves, its only plus is that it is easy. It's basically the wimpy little brother to Staves Simple Strike, and is avoided by similar defenses. If you see someone using End Jab, they're probably Altene, because hardly anyone in their right mind would learn this one.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak jabs tentatively at a thug with with the butt of his quarterstave, but misses.


Staves Swat swat

Another easy move, you'll often see swat in use by a stave user. It is decent to hit with, but doesn't hit hard at all. About the only move weaker is staves end jab. It is a slashing move, and thus is typically blocked by cross blocks. It is dodged relatively easily.

When you see this in use you see:
Using the center of a quarterstave as a fulcrum, a man in a hooded cloak swats at a thug with one end of the weapon, but misses.


Staves Simple Strike strike

An easy staves move, it is one of the better easy stave moves. Swat hits slightly less hard, but because it is a slashing attack, it is harder to block then Simple Strike. Simple Strike is blocked by relatively simple blocks. Aimed low, it is defended by a well-timed leg dodge or a low shield block, as well as assorted other low and simple blocks from other weapons.

When you see this in use you see:
With a quick forward rotation, a man in a hooded cloak brings then end of a quarterstave down and strikes at a thug, but misses.


Staves Side Strike sidestrike

A manuever of average difficulty, this involves swiping sideways at your opponent with the stave. It hits harder than a simple strike, though many stavers seem to prefer the pivot smash over this maneuver.

When you see this in use you see:
With quarterstave held at the horizontal, a man in a hooded cloak lets loose a quick sidestrike at a thug, but misses.


Staves Pivot Smash smash

The most damaging average staves attack, slightly stronger than even the infamous Snap Strike. Their damages are very close, though Pivot Smash aims toward the midsection by default, while Snap Strike aims higher. It is defended the same as a Swat, as it is also a slashing attack.

When you see this in use you see:
With quarterstave held at the horizontal, a man in a hooded cloak steps forward and pivots slightly, releasing a powerful sideways strike at a thug, but misses.


Staves Longarm Strike longarm

The most powerful, and most difficult of all the standard single-hitting staves moves. It is basically a harder and stronger version of Snap Strike (below) which can only be used from a distance. It can also be performed with only one hand. It aims high by default, as does Snap Strike, and is defended by overhead blocks and Swaying Dodge. This technique can be aimed towards the mid section, but not at any specific body parts.

When you see this in use you see:
Using his quarterstave like a long club, a man in a hooded cloak bashes at a thug, and hits! He suffers a bruise to his neck.


Staves Simple Block

The wielder interposes the lengthy quarterstave between him and his opponent's weapon. A simple block, it blocks simple attacks, aimed at the midsection, or low.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak blocks a thug's tin dagger with his quarterstave!


Staves Crossblock

Crossblock defends against slashing attacks aimed at the midsection or low.

When you see this in use you see:
Holding quarterstave vertically, a man in a hooded cloak catches a thug's tin dagger with an inside-out movement!


Staves Overhead Block

Overhead Block blocks many attacks aimed high except for some more advanced techniques that instead must be deflected with Whirling Block.

When you see this in use you see:
Sliding his hand's apart, a man in a hooded cloak bends his knees slightly and blocks upward, stopping a thug's tin dagger with his quarterstave!


Staves Parting Jab pjab

Staves parting moves provide a quick way to fall back and attack at one time, even if the attack is unsuccessful. Parting Jab hits much better than End Jab.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak retreats
A man in a hooded cloak steps back, jabbing at a thug with the tip of his quarterstave! He suffers a small bruise to his waist.
A man in a hooded cloak retreats
A man in a hooded cloak steps back, jabbing at a thug with the tip of his quarterstave but missing.


Staves Parting Swat pswat

Staves parting moves provide a quick way to fall back and attack at one time, even if the attack is unsuccessful. Parting Swat is a bit more powerful than Parting Jab.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak retreats
A man in a hooded cloak steps back with his lead foot while spinning around, swatting at a thug with the low end of his quarterstave! He suffers a small bruise to his right shoulder.
A man in a hooded cloak retreats
A man in a hooded cloak steps back with his lead foot while spinning around, but fails to catch a thug with the low end of his quarterstave.


Staves Parting Smash psmash

Staves parting moves provide a quick way to fall back and attack at one time, even if the attack is unsuccessful. Parting Smash hits harder than Pivot Smash and may be the second hardest hitting staves attack, aside from Pivoting Longarm. Parting Smash targets high by default.

When you see this in use you see:
A man in a hooded cloak retreats
A man in a hooded cloak steps back with his lead foot while spinning backwards, smashing a thug with a horizontal blow from his quarterstave! He suffers a bruise to his neck.
A man in a hooded cloak retreats
A man in a hooded cloak steps back with his lead foot while spinning backwards, but fails to catch a thug with a horizontal strike from his quarterstave.


Staves Defensive Sweep dsweep

The wielder attempts to swing the stave at the opponent's legs and knock him on his rear end. Executing this attack will also leave the wielder in a more defensive stance.


Staves Stepping Spin sspin

Stepping forward toward your foe, you take on a more aggressive stance and simultaneously unleash a rapid barrage of strikes.


Staves Snapstrike snapstrike

A decent staves move, Snap Strike automatically aims high like chop does for swords. It used to be the best, back when aiming didn't work for staves, because of this. But it isn't the best any more. It is strong, but Pivot Smash would probably be a better choice in the long run. It is stronger, and doesn't always aim high, so you can aim it elsewhere, where someone may be less defended. Snap Strike is one of several lesser-known staves maneuvers that are not currently taught by any NPC trainers.

When you see this in use you see:
Without interrupting his quarterstave's spinning motion, a man in a hooded cloak chops down at a thug, but misses.


Staves Sweep and Strike sweepstrike

A combination of a sweep, followed with a rapid strike. This move can only be dodged, it cannot be defended with rolling rise. Sweep and Strike is one of several lesser-known staves maneuvers that are not currently taught by any NPC trainers.

When you see this in use you see:
With a fluid motion, a man in a hooded cloak brings his pine quarterstave in a downward sweeping arc aimed at a thug's legs, knocking him down. Continuing the spinning motion, he then brings around the opposite end of the weapon to strike!


Staves Spinstrike spinstrike

A little known but hard-hitting staves maneuver created by Constable Lorican. This maneuver automatically aims high, much like Snap Strike, and is capable of dealing up to three blows. Spinstrike is one of several lesser-known staves maneuvers that are not currently taught by any NPC trainers.

When you see this in use you see:
Stepping slightly to the side, a man in a hooded cloak brings his quarterstave down in a forward spin and unleashes several rapid strikes at a thug! He suffers a bruise to his head. He suffers a bruise to his right arm. He suffers a bruise to his face.


Staves Triple Bash triplebash

A little known but heavy-hitting staves manuever created by Constable Lothar. This maneuver automatically aims high, much like Snap Strike, and is the strongest manuever available to the stave, being able to deal up to three ugly bruises. This technique can be aimed towards the middle section, but not at any specific target. Triple Bash is one of several lesser-known staves maneuvers that are not currently taught by any NPC trainers.

When you see this in use you see:
Bashing downwards with his quarterstave, a man in a hooded cloak strikes at a thug then steps forward quickly to release a side strike before spinning completely around for yet another! He suffers an ugly bruise to his head. He suffers an ugly bruise to his right arm. Critical Hit!


Staves Whirling Block

A little known but extremely effective staves block created by Antaeus, it deflects many attacks that would otherwise pierce through the quarterstave's defenses. For example, it acts as a second layer of defense for many of the same powerful attacks that are dodged by Swaying Dodge, such as Spears Overhead Thrust. Whirling Block is one of several lesser-known staves maneuvers that are not currently taught by any NPC trainers.

When you see this in use you see:
Antaeus deflects a thug's spear with his quarterstave, twirling it masterfully in both hands until it becomes a blur!


Staves Pivoting Longarm pivot

A little known staves maneuver created by Constable Shara, Pivoting Longarm combines the one-handed power strike of Longarm Strike with the pivoting motion of Pivot Smash to increase the power even more. This maneuver is the strongest single strike available to the stave, being able to give major bruises with a very poor stave provided by Rufus. It can easily fracture bones with a more adequate stave. Pivoting Longarm is one of several lesser-known staves maneuvers that are not currently taught by any NPC trainers.

When you see this in use you see:
Pivoting on one foot, Shara extends her stave along one arm and unleashes a vicious horizontal blow at a thug! He suffers a major bruise to his right thigh.


Staves Accuracy

With enough training in Accuracy, you are able to raise your perception in combat situations. A grandmaster in this skill will be equivalent to low-end great perception.

When you see this in use you see:
(This is a passive skill that improves your perception, making it easier to hit targets.)


Staves Grip

With enough training in Grip, you are able to raise your dexterity in combat situations. A grandmaster in this skill will be equivalent to low-end great dexterity.

When you see this in use you see:
(This is a passive skill that improves your dexterity, making it significantly easier to hit targets.)

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