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Desc:I know nothing about fencing, but I've always wondered about this sort of thing.
Category:Sports, Stunts
Tags:Japan, fencing, mismatch, Dynasty Warriors, three muskateers
Submitted:Crab Mentality
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Comment count is 13
Bort - 2014-05-26
Use your Zords, you idiots!
Bort - 2014-05-26
Also, these guys are "Musketeers", so named because they use muskets, apparently.

Crab Mentality - 2014-05-26
I ran out of ideas for tags. Muskateers used swords as well as muskets, and there were famously three of them.

Anyone know any other three famous swordsmen?

Bort - 2014-05-26
That's fine, I was just pointing out the thing about the Musketeers that always bothered me: their name is entirely wrong for what they're famous for. Do a Google image search and try to find an image of the Three Musketeers using muskets.

It would be like if Bruce Wayne put on a lobster costume and called himself "Batman".

Crab Mentality - 2014-05-26
I imagine a lot of that comes from the fact that they were fictional characters. It's hard to paint someone in a romantic, heroic light when they dispatch an enemy by blasting him with a musket.

badideasinaction - 2014-05-26
I think the fundamental problem comes from the action scene pragmatics of a musket - when the gun fires once and then has a lengthy reload cycle, especially one that doesn't work unless the person is totally stationary, it's not something you want to build a tale of action on.

Bort - 2014-05-26
I guess if anyone would know, it's you.

Also, I looked up "Musketeer" and it's a term that shifted in meaning, a little bit like how there are still cavalry divisions in the US military but they have damn little to do with horses (e.g. the US Army air cavalry).

MurgatroidMendelbaum - 2014-05-26
Looks like Miyaki's been foiled again.
Adham Nu'man - 2014-05-26
Dark Souls LARP.
Nominal - 2014-05-26
I'm not sure how much fencing skill would carry over to this.

You have 3 weapons in fencing: foil, epee, and saber. Foil and saber aren't about not letting your opponent hit you, but about establishing or stealing "right of way" which is a ridiculously convoluted rule system to determine who is on the attack and open to be scored on; you can hit the other person first and still not get the point because you didn't have right of way. Right of way couldn't possibly apply to this stunt, and any mastery of it would be worthless.

Epee gives the point to whoever hits first, but your ENTIRE body is a valid target. Epee is a static form where you're trying to prick the other person's wrist and vice versa. Defending is mostly about positioning the bell guard to block any attacks on your wrist or forearm. Lunges for the torso are very rare because it leaves your arm open for attack. More skills that don't really carry over to this.

Plus it doesn't matter how good a fencer is; you're not going to defend against 2 attacks at once. Notice that every single olympian takedown was when two amateurs got it together to attack at the same time. It wasn't their lack of skill so much as their lack of aggression. If they all just attacked at once this would have been over in under 20 seconds. The olypians' biggest survival tactic was running past one amateur before the pack gathered up enough courage to attack at once.

/fencing nerd rant
MurgatroidMendelbaum - 2014-05-27
Nomino bounces for the Fighter's Guild.

SexualBasalt - 2014-05-27
No Dynasty Warriors tag?
Crab Mentality - 2014-05-27
Done and done.

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