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“Hand signals are the most common in practice,” said Asad, “but you could conceivably use any manipulable part of your body to achieve the same result.”
“Words, as well,” said Zeff.
Hector cocked an eyebrow. “Words?”
The Lord Elroy nodded. “Yes, you assign your skill to a certain word. You name it, essentially. It can work very well.”
“However,” said Asad, “it must be said that in the heat of combat, speaking the name of your attacks before you do them can certainly give your opponent an edge, especially if they have good intel on you.”
“Yes, but it must also be said that such tactics can serve to intimidate or confuse them,” said Zeff. “There are pros and cons to it.”
‘Do you have any personal examples of named attacks?’ said Garovel, sounding somewhat amused.
“Not currently,” said Zeff, “but I have been trying to assign my newest skill to a name. I’ve found that it helps if the name itself is befitting, but that can also be... difficult.”
‘I think “Water Bomb Drill” sounds just fine,’ said Axiolis.
“I think it sounds a bit long and silly,” said Zeff.
“Just stick with movements,” Asad advised Hector. “Save yourself the trouble.”
Hector’s mind was sufficiently blown by all of these revelations. Immediately, new ideas began to stir in his head, and he wanted to spend every waking moment trying to completely revamp his skill set.
It seemed like Zeff and Asad felt similarly with their own powers, along with several other Rainlords who joined them later on, most notably Joana Elroy, and very briefly, Horatio Blackburn.
Hector had been concerned about House Blackburn and would have liked to know more about how they were doing, but Lord Horatio was not particularly talkative, and Hector didn’t want to pry. So again, he decided that could wait until Warrenhold.