Main Gauche (3.5e Feat)

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Main Gauche [General, Fighter]

Defend with an off-hand weapon

Prerequisite

Two-Weapon Fighting

Benefit

If you are using a light off-hand weapon, or even holding a buckler, hat or rolled up cloak in your off hand, you can use your off-hand weapon to defend. It also works with a double weapon. You must make a full-round attack, and you are giving up all off-hand attacks for the round. This gives you a +4 bonus to Armor Class and a -2 penalty to attack.

Special

If you use a buckler this way, you do not get its normal armor bonus.

Notes

Main Gauche means simply 'left hand', but it is often applied to a left-hand parrying dagger and the fighting style that goes with it. The forerunner of modern fencing, it uses an off hand weapon to deflect attacks, but not to attack with. This feat represent the very earliest fencing styles, and is appropriate for an early renaissance campaign.

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Author: Carl Cramér © Carl Cramér 2001   This feat is from the NBoF, please see NBoF Credits.
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