Some vampire fight training happening in the background.
Does the author have a pet peeve about training scenes with real swords in comics/movies? I don't see what would make you think that.
I taught people how to fence for a few years, and one of the hardest thing for them to learn was fully committing to an attack and actually trying to hit their opponent. Never letting them hit you just reinforces the bad habit.
Soap boxing over, up next: montage!
Missed my goal of weekly updated by a few days this week, going to redouble my efforts for the next one.
re Skittsue: Mina gives the most thoughtful gifts!
re Imola: Swashbuckling all of those plotlines!
re pfmoi: It is going to be a very fun plot device to play with.
re re man in black: Get ready to be super sore Joan. Footwork is the worst!
re Onasaki: *humming eye of the tiger*
re StellaFrost: Drake might not be the best teacher for those types of lessons.
re doom Bubbles: glad you picked up on it!
re Arrikanez: the world is a dangerous place after all.
I did Dagorhir in college, and I am WITH you on the stupidity of training with a real sword. I don't do it anymore, but fully committing to that attack is a scary thing to learn, but once you get it, it never goes away, I think.
I do stage choreography, but even we start with bokens at half-speed, working up to full speed, before switching to steel (not LIVE steel, but injuries can still happen and swords break so still dangerous) and going back down to half speed and working back up. It takes six months, minimum, to do safely, and we are INSANE about making sure everything is safe for actor/fighter, the rest of the cast, and audience. Even with the kooky weapons (We had a chain versus battle ax fight once). Your soapbox is my soapbox!
Also, I loved the background vampire sparring. Especially the one turning into bats. Why do I imagine his partner is yelling at him about cheating...?