Hi there, I'm trying to make myself a Bushido/Parry swordsman based on all of the templates that I've seen people posting. But I'm extremely confused about how Bushido and Parry work together. Why does everyone seem to think that they go together when it seems like using a shield with bushido is actually not effective? Do people with bushido and parry just use two handed weapons? Which weapons are the best for a bushido parry swordsman (or other melee character, if you prefer something over swords). Am I better off using some sort of axe of some sort rather than a katana for example? Or do people just use 1 handed weapons and such with no shield and just use the free hand to chug pots? Also, I'm only at 70 Bushido right now so maybe I'm not getting the full potential of the skill, but it doesn't seem too terribly useful at the current moment to be honest. Lightning strike doesn't seem too powerful, yet it seems like its really the only skill worth using so far. Im honoring my opponents, and I get the little message telling me that my precision is increasing, but that doesn't seem to do ANYTHING at all. What am I missing here? My account is newish, so unfortunately I only have 700 skill points to work with. What should my template be? My current goal is: 120 Swords 100 Tact 100 Heal 100 Anat 100 Parry 100 Bushido 80 Chiv Should I aim for something different (such as lowering tact/anat or something to scroll other stuff up?) or is this a solid goal? Help is appreciated! I want to use bushido skill and melee to its max potential. I don't want to be a lame archer like 98% of the people out there that I see.