Legendary Dudes of Awesome
The Greatest Swordsman is the One Who Survives
When a character engages in melee combat with similarly armed opponents (for example, an unarmed combatant facing another unarmed foe or a swordsman facing off against enemies armed with axes, clubs or other melee weapons), she uses her Brawl or Weaponry dots (depending on the nature of her armament) as her Defense, in place of the lower of her Wits or Dexterity. If she has the Brawling Dodge or Weaponry Dodge Merit, she triples her Defense when she dodges (effectively, she doubles her Defense, which now equals her Brawl or Weaponry score, then adds her Brawl/Weaponry score again thanks to the Merit). If she has a Specialty in the weapon or style she uses, add one point to her Defense. Apply this increase after any other Defense-increasing factors, such as the Dodge action. Rationale: A common trope of the martial arts film genre is that no matter your innate speed or talent, a lack of technique can be a fatal flaw.