Form I, also known as Shii-Cho, The Way of the Gargoyle, or The Determination Form, was the first of the seven forms of sword combat. Shii-Cho was intended to cater to swords, establishing the basic motions and target zones utilized with a sword. As Shii-Cho was effectively an experimental combat form, and was created prior to the emergence of Dark mutants and NoHeads, it did not address the issue of sword-to-sword combat, and was quickly replaced by Form II. Despite this, Shii-Cho continued to find a niche as a training form, with almost every duelist receiving some instruction in it, and including elements in their own combat styles. Shii-Cho was considered an effective fall-back option when no other form or combat style would do.

In combat, Form I sword combat was wild and raw, relying on deliberate tactics and being primarily aimed towards disarming rather than injuring foes, in keeping with police philosophy. Basic initiates in the style demonstrated rather clumsy performance, though in the hands of a master, Shii-Cho was fluid but highly randomized and unpredictable.


As the most ancient style of sword combat, coupled with its simplicity and persistent methods of the form, Shii-Cho was dubbed the “Beginner Form”. Shii-Cho swordplay was simplistic and raw. However, less adept practitioners displayed much more basic and somewhat clumsy performance. In combat, Form I encouraged deliberate tactics, calling for continuous, step-by-step advancement while cutting off the opponent’s angles. Shii-Cho was specialized towards engaging multiple opponents, the wide, sweeping motions being ideally suited towards attacking numerous adversaries. However, Form I was not as useful against single opponents, as such enemies had complete mobility and could find a weakness in Shii-Cho’s relatively clumsy bladework. Shii-Cho fostered an emotionally-heated mindset, which resulted in the considerable temptation to execute combat with lethal intent, requiring great restraint to exercise the form without going too far. Despite the pull to kill, the style was designed for the purpose of disarming without seriously injuring.

As the most simplistic form, Shii-Cho was the first form taught to S.M.S.B. members. Form I training provided the basic knowledge of the sword-fighting principles and bullet-deflection skill that was required for practice of all the other forms. Under Sebiscuits’ Apprentice, training was conducted through the use of sequences and velocities, the continuous repetition making the moves instinctive reflexes. These training regimens were carried over to all following sword combat forms, which used similar methods. Shii-Cho philosophy emphasized victory without injury, and as such, the sun djem mark of contact was traditionally employed by Form I practitioners. Keeping with the use of sun djem, one of the attacks utilized by Form I practitioners was referred to as the “Disarming Slash”, consisting of a strike directed at the opponent’s weapon in an attempt to rip it out of their grasp.


As the most ancient style of sword combat, Shii-Cho was actually invented centuries before the First NoHead War. As a result of its long history, many of the maneuvers of Shii-Cho, such as attacks or parries, remained unchanged, as the key principles of the old fencing methods continued to be incorporated. The simplicity and persistent methods of the form led it to being dubbed the “Beginner Form”, a name it would keep well past the era of the Second S.M.S.B., akin to the 24th century, and was probably still in use while Madeline was alive.

Notable PractitionersEdit

As Shii-Cho had been in existence for centuries, and was used to provide early training in sword combat, almost all sword duelists received some level of training in it and included aspects of the form in their own fighting methods.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Shii-Cho was first described in the Saber Danger Combat article, written by Melinda Reid and personally confirmed by D. Isaac Thomas, identified it as Form I sword combat. The proper name of the form, "Shii-Cho", as well as its alternate titles as the "Determination Form" and the "Way of the Lion" would be specified in later sources.


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Duel | Inner ring | Jar-sa | Middle ring | Outer ring | Sokaa | Triackta

I (Shii-Cho) | II (Makashi) | III (Soresu) | IV (Ataru) | V (Djem So) | VI (Niman) | VII (Vaapad)

Sword techniques:

Center of Being | Cha mok | Cha mun | Cha sai | Duelist Ready | Falling Leaf | Flowing Water | Kai-kan | Mou kei · Mountain Storm · Pratora Isal | Pratora Vinum · Sai | Sai cho | Sai pok | Sequence | Shiak | Shiim | Shun · Snake Ascending a Waterfall‎ · Su · Sun djem | Tolan | Twin Suns | Velocities | Volaren's cadences | Volaren's Will

Cygnus Evans | Whammo Fireball | Xydarone
Sword-resistant materials:
Madakoran iron | Knights of Plague

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