7th Sea is a "swashbuckling and sorcery"-themed tabletop role-playing game set in the fictional world of Théah.

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Why isn't Rancho Soldano's ruler a Soldano?

In 7th Sea's Castille source-book, each Rancho belongs to one of the most prominent families, and is ruled by one of its members, except for Rancho Soldano which is ruled by Don Diego Ruiz de ...
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How can I make a villain's arcana more interactive?

I've been having some difficulty making the Arcana of my villains stand out in my 7th Sea campaigns. Specifically, how can I better communicate which arcana the villain has, and encourage the players ...
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Benefits of using an off-hand parrying object in 7th Sea

To put it simple: Why would you (besides a matter of fighting style) choose to parry using your off-hand (either with buckler, main gauche, cloak, etc.) instead of your weapon? As far as I ...
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Can a Pyeryem Mage Talk to a Black/Porte Wolf?

I am aware by reading the description that the black wolves/porte wolves in the Montaigne book says that they were once normal wolves now driven insane by being brought through a porte walk. However, ...
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How would two brute squads fight?

In 7th Sea, brutes deal damage to the more high profile characters based on their margin of success. The reason I ask is because Henchmen/Villains/Heroes make raises for damage, and I see raising ...
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What stats should King Wolf have?

Some PC's in my game may possibly be going to pick a Fight with King Wolf of Ussuran legend (from Nations of Theah #7: Ussura). While not expressly impossible for them to win, I have about 4 ...
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Cost of 1 cargo provision in 7th sea

I'm GM in a pirate campaign in 7th sea. My player hijacked a ship and will do some adventuring in the midnight archipelago which is somewhat like the carribean sea. For calculating and buying ...
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When should I use active defense?

When you get hit by an attack you first use parry as passive defensse and if you fail you use active defense in the same knack, correct? For active defense you use an action. But isn't an active ...
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How to handle initiative while keeping the spotlight on a duel within a larger combat?

In some weeks we will play 7th Sea, an RPG with much fencing. I want to make fights more like a duel between players and minions. I think some (most?) battles will be one player duelling a minion, ...
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How to describe combat with brutes

How can I describe combat where player characters face multiple opponents? For example, in 7th Sea there are up to six brutes in a squad. I'd like to have some inspiration for how to describe the ...
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Is there a good way to find out if a Grandmaster exists for a skill?

Knights of the Rose and Cross introduced the concept of Grandmasters -- NPCs who could be convinced to train a character up to a sixth dot in a skill. That book included the following NPCs: Sprague ...
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Is there a more streamlined version of the naval combat rules?

The players in my 7th Sea campaign finally invested in a ship, late in their careers, which means we've finally broken out the naval combat rules. The rules seem like a bit of an afterthought, with a ...
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How should I read attacks in 7th Sea stat-blocks?

I've been running a few more monsters and animals in my 7th Sea campaign lately, and find myself a little confused by the notation used in the Game Master's Guide. For example: Bear [...] ...
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Can a player use their passive defense while a zweihander is waiting to be reset?

The Zweihander is found on page 100 of the Eisen source book, and has the following rules text: However, after every attack made with a zweihander, the Hero must either spend one Action to reset ...
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Do heroes need to spend hero points on advantages and backgrounds gained when using the Destiny Spread?

The 7th Sea nation books introduced the "Destiny Spread"... A way of generating a set of random advantages, backgrounds, and arcana to build a character around. The rules have this to say, regarding ...
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How does surprise actually work in 7th Sea? Does it?

I'm finding myself confused by the surprise rules on page 196 of the Players' Guide. [make rolls] If you win, your target is surprised for one Phase. Which phase? The first phase of combat? Or ...
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In 7th Sea, how does initiative work during an ambush?

A continuation of How does surprise actually work in 7th Sea?. I edited in some additional clarification after I'd received answers, and it ended up getting lost... The rules have this to say about ...
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Can (ocean-going) sailing ships navigate The River

In 7th Sea, the primary continent of Théah is split by a large river called simply "The River." My PCs have a sailing ship, but now need to navigate the River... Can they do so with their existing ...
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Are there rules for knocking a character unconscious without inflicting dramatic wounds?

My players recently wanted to render an NPC unconscious to make transporting him a little easier. We ended up using the standard damage rules (which state that a character, in this case a henchman, ...
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Are there any guidelines or samples for creating Henchmen or Villains?

Going over the Game Master's Guide for 7th Sea, I can't find any information on creating henchmen and villain NPCs (other than the villain-specific arcana, and the special damage rules for henchmen). ...
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How should a “scoundrel's” reputation be handled in 7th Sea?

I may be running a game of 7th Sea in the near future, and one of my players is looking to create a self-styled "king of the vagabonds." He found the Scoundrel advantage, and feels that his character ...