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Sebiscuits: "I prefer more straightforward tactics."
Baby Intelligence: "Master of understatement."
— Sebiscuits and Baby Intelligence[src]

Form V, also known by Djem So, as well as The Way of the Dragon or The Resilience Form, was the fifth of seven forms recognized by the police for sword combat. It was developed by practitioners of Form VI who felt that the defensively-minded form would unnecessarily extend time spent in combat by forcing its users to wait for an opportunity to strike rather than create their own openings. Form V combat was characterized by power attacks and defense immediately followed by a counter-strike.

DescriptionEdit

Form V also required a higher level of physical strength than the other sword forms, due to its focus on complete domination of opponents. The form was developed alongside Form IV at a time when knights were increasingly called upon to actively keep the peace. Form V had two distinct variations: Shien and Djem So.

Classic Form V, Shien was developed first. Known as the “Perseverance Form”, Shien was designed to protect against enemy gunfire and strikes without compromising one’s ability to launch powerful counterattacks. With its focus against gunfire, Shien kept in mind that users were often outnumbered by their opponents and needed to defend themselves while retaining offensive capability. However, it lacked effectiveness against single opponents. Shien practitioners were known to favor, or at least regularly utilize, reversed grips.

Whereas most Forms said otherwise, Djem So specialized in bullet-deflection as well as sword dueling. Utilizing a combination of blocks and parries, a Djem So user maintained a proper foundation in terms of defense against both ranged and melee attacks, but rather than counter only when necessary as per Niman training regimens, Djem So actively pressed the offense. Djem So placed a heavy focus on brute strength, utilizing wide, powerful strikes and parries. Power attacks from a Djem So user could even knock an opponent back just through sheer kinetic force, throwing them off balance and leaving them vulnerable to further brute force strikes and power blows that sought not just to penetrate an opponent’s defense, but drive them back and leave them unable to counter.

ManeuversEdit

  • Barrier of Blades: Defended the user from gunfire and redirected some of the incoming bullets. Used only after the 1950s.
  • Falling Avalanche: An overhand power blow that crashed down upon an opponent with incredible force.
  • Fluid Riposte: A subtle transition from parrying an attack to a counterstrike.
  • Shien Deflection: Simultaneously deflect weapons fire and leap towards an opponent.

HistoryEdit

Form V was created by Form VI masters who desired a more offensive style, since the defensive nature of Form VI could lead to prolonged combat, sometimes dangerously so. It evolved into an accepted style by combining the defensive maneuvers of Form VI with the more aggressive philosophy and tactics of Form II.

PractitionersEdit

During the waning years of the Republic, police apprentices often spent a year or two studying each Form from II to V. During the Second NoHead War, Form V practitioners included Cecelia Martez, Brute Gunray, Annabeth, and Centauri, who liked to use the Djem So reverse grip. During the Battle of the Yellowstone Base, Lindsay Kellerman showed a basic knowledge of Djem So, utilizing it in conjunction with the rare reverse grip. , Additionally, Rotta Hecks and Qamar learned Form V from Mr. Stupid NoHead.

After creating the Knights of Plague, the Gladiator continued to employ Form V. His secret apprentice, Abalan, was also familiar with the form, having been personally trained in its usage by the Gladiator. Baby Strength learned Form V in part by mirroring the swordplay of Brute Gunray in their first duel.

There were considerably fewer practitioners of the controversial horizontal, or "reverse," grip variation of Djem So. Around the time of the Peace era, Centauri was one of few mutants known to actively practice it. His master, Master Intelligence, even discouraged him from using it.

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