I need help solving a technicality about the Legend of the Five Rings RPG, 1st edition (roll & keep system).
The Book of the Crane introduces (at page 113) the Mizu-do, a Crane-specific martial art which is all about throws, clinches, defence and counterattacks.
Regarding counterattacks, a side note says:
Mizu-do techniques require a "reactionary roll": this implies that the character must declare a Full Defense at the top of each round, and then may choose to react with the defensive maneuver once their opponent has begun their attack. If the Mizu-do practitioner wants the option to perform a Mizu-do technique this round, they may receive no benefit from declaring a Full Defense.
Let's say that samurai A is a Mizu-do practitioner, and is involved in a fight against samurai B and C. The three of them roll initiative, B is fastest, A comes second, C comes last.
Which of the following applies?
- The Mizu-do practitioner assumes the Full Defense stance in his own turn, therefore he will be able to use techniques against samurai C but not against samurai B, who is faster than him.
- The Mizu-do practitioner assumes the stance before anything else happens, and is therefore able to use his techniques against any incoming attack, regardless of initiative.
Please note that Full Defense itself works like case 2, it is a maneuver that a character can perform in his own turn and lasts until his next turn.