Unbalanced Parries

As discussed under Parry (p. B269), a weapon that has a "U" in its Parry statistic is unbalanced. You cannot parry with it after using it to attack - although you can parry with another weapon, or dodge or block. Likewise, if you use it to parry an attack during a Wait, you cannot use your Wait to attack with that weapon later on in the same turn.

Being unbalanced has nothing to do with becoming unready after an attack or a parry - that only happens to weapons with "£" next to their ST statistic. It just means that the weapon has distinct offensive and defensive stances: attacking carries the weapon out of line for defending, and vice versa. Rules that allow you to attack or parry multiple times per turn work normally. You just can't attack and parry.

This does make it tricky to execute Riposte (pp. 124-125). You must parry to do this - and since you can't parry after you've attacked, you must forgo attacking with your weapon for an entire turn, use it to parry an attack, and Riposte on your next turn. This makes the option less spontaneous than it is with a balanced weapon like a sword or a staff . . . which is realistic.

A Defensive Attack (p. 100) does allow a parry after an attack with such a weapon, and is an important exception to these rules.

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