Stone Serpent Form
Stone Serpent stylists stand their ground as much as possible while still slipping and moving to avoid various blows. Attacks are straightforward and quick, with locks, grapples, and disabling strikes being common. This is not to say practitioners do not move in combat, they simple flow from one solid stance to another and only when it is safe to do so. Stone Serpent stylists are cautious, defensive, but highly effective fighters.
Secret Technique: Serpent Retreats to Cave
Stone Serpent masters have cultivated incredibly fast reactions, especially on defense. Even a blow that seems to be on target and devastating can be slipped at the last minute, avoiding or eliminating the impact.
Effect: Spend 1 Fate Point to gain +1 defense and 4 Armor Rating against a Physical attack you are aware of. If the defense is a tie, you do not grant a boost to the attacker.