*Nopada Fortress. Tara and Sam are talking in a separate room.*
Sam: How did you manage this again?
Tara: A) With your twilight powers gone, you're de-fanged.
Tara: B) Sara knows that you know almost nothing about the cor'a'si. She's letting me get you ready for it.
Sam: You explained it to me, and the fight's in 2 hours.
Tara: Do you want my help?
Tara: Then shut up and let me speak.
Like I said yesterday, Orion fighting techniques revolve around submission holds - do not get in an unarmed fight with Mayana unless you know you can win.
You'll have the choice of either a staff or two batons - both padded to avoid bone breakage.
You always struggled with wielding two weapons at once, so let's see if you still remember how to use a staff.
*Tara walks over to a table and picks up two padded staffs about a eter in length, before handing one to Sam.*
Sam: Tara, I know how to use a staff.
Tara: Okay. First, let's try blocking.
*The two grip their staffs.*
*Tara quickly sends in three blows with her staff; one to the right side of her head, which Sam immediately blocks - one to the left knee, which Sam blocks again - and another to the right side of her abdomen, which Sam blocks again.*
Tara: Okay, you pretty much flawlessly blocked all three attacks.
Now let's see if you're still as annoyingly good at disarming as I remember.
Go for it.
*Sam quickly takes her right hand of the staff, twisting it so the right hand side is facing upwards, and shafting it upwards behind Tara's staff, before placing her hand back where it was and pulling it towards her, causing it to pull Tara's as well. She then violently twists it to the right, causing it to knock against Tara's wrists and forcing her to let go. She then steps onto it and rolls it behind her while sharply moving her own staff in towards Tara's neck, stopping just short - all in a few seconds. As Tara stands stunned for a couple of seconds, Sam smirks at her. Tara then recovers her composure as Sam stands down.*
Tara: You've been practising.
Sam: It was just about the only advantage I had against you. I didn't have much choice.
Tara: Okay, I think you can handle it. Remember, it Mayana manages to disarm you--
Sam: Either get my staff back, take hers, or force her into a fist fight.
Tara: Only if you can win in a fist fight. You have a chance in one against me, Sam, but I was trained by the Republic in how to fight - I don't use Orion fighting moves. Mayana will.
Sam: I know. I'll be careful.
Tara: You'd better be, 'cause that fight won't end until one of you is unconscious or dead - emphasis on the "dead".
In the staff fight, remember to mix it up; don't use standard moves or she'll block.
Sam: Tara, this isn't my first fight. I do mix up my moves.
Tara: Yeah, but you fall into a pattern. That's why I always beat you.
Sam: Not always--
Tara: Face Dancers don't count!
Sam: Look, you know my pattern. Mayana won't.
Tara: I'm just saying, don't rely on conventional moves.