Taldor’s warriors have perfected the art of fighting with the falcata and buckler in an art they call rondelero. They use their bucklers both to defend themselves and to launch unexpected strikes while chopping and hewing at their foes’ unprotected bodies and heads with their falcatas. Rondeleros wear any type of armor, but favor bucklers, and are comfortable using both hands for offense and defense.
At 2nd level, a rondelero can
perform a shield bash with a buckler (use the same damage and critical
modifier as for a light shield).
This ability replaces Bravery.
At 3rd level, a rondelero can
catch his opponent’s weapon between his buckler and his forearm,
effectively wedging the hafts of polearms and hammers or the flats of
blades. This functions as a disarm combat maneuver,
and the rondelero gains a +4 bonus on the roll. If the rondelero’s
attack fails by 10 or more, he suffers a –2 penalty to his AC until the
start of his next turn.
This ability replaces Armor Training 1.
At 5th level, a rondelero
gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls when wielding a falcata and
buckler that applies to attacks made by either hand. These bonuses
increase by +1 for every four levels beyond 5th. With a full-attack
action, a rondelero may alternate between using his falcata or his
buckler for each attack. This does not grant additional attacks or incur
penalties as two-weapon fighting does.
This ability replaces Weapon Training 1.
At 7th level, a rondelero gains Armor Training 1, and can move at his normal speed in medium armor. At 15th level, the rondelero gains Armor Training 2, and can move at his normal speed in heavy armor.
This ability replaces Armor Training 2.
At 11th level, as a standard action, a rondelero can make a single melee attack with a falcata. If the attack hits, he may make a sunder combat maneuver against the target of his attack as a free action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity.
This ability replaces Armor Training 3.
Suggested Feats: Exotic Weapon Proficiency (falcata), Improved Shield Bash, Improved Two-Weapon Fighting, Power Attack, Shield Slam, Shield Master, Taldan Duelist, Two-Weapon Fighting, Weapon Focus (falcata), Weapon Specialization (falcata).