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    SalieriC
    Minion

    Hello.

    I’d like to ask, why the Martial Artist edge from SWD is banned from Hellfrost.
    I think it would fit in the world of Hellfrost just fine, since there were forms of werestling in medieval northern europe. Glíma for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glima

    So is it banned for another reason?

    #8134
    Enno
    Henchman

    Every culture has a “martial tradition” of some sorts, which are part of the Fighting skills and edges in Savage Worlds. They are part of the cultural trappings, so to say.

    Martial Artist as an edge, is a method to show the unique features of oriental cultures where hand-to-hand combat was a main part of fighting, and an “art”.

    So, Martial Artist is only forbidden in Rassilon and Al-Shirkuh, since Martial Arts as understood by the edge are simply not part of the cultures and traditions of those lands, as the edges Brawler and Bruiser are. They will be allowed in Lands of Water, however.

    Even so there is always an exception to the rule. According to the Hellfrost Atlas there is the Monastary of the Empty Hand in the Three Peaks on Alantaris Isle. It is the only known temple of Ermunaz, the god of unarmed combat. Clerics of this ascetic order may learn the Martial Arts, Improved Martial Arts, and Martial Arts Master Edges, and may bestow them on others using warrior’s gift. For outsiders to find this reclusive community is an adventure in itself, to own their trust and to be allowed to learn at least Martial Arts another one (like solving the Black Orb mystery).
    A handful of shrines to Ermunaz stand in communities with a strong association of glíma wrestling (See HF Expansion II) and boxing. They teach only Brawler and Bruiser however.

    High Priest of Hoenir & Champion of Qedeshet

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