Benefit: Once per round when you have a higher initiative roll than your opponent you may attempt to make one ‘perfect’ strike. You make a single focused cut against your opponent (Chop or Slash attacks only). Whether you hit or miss, your modified Attack roll is used in place of your Defense roll against the next attack from this same opponent if that attack is made within one round. For example, a Meisterhau is attempted with a die roll of 17 including all modifiers. When the defender attacks next they must roll 17 or better to get a hit. All Meisterhau must be made with at least 2 dice from your Martial Pool.
The fencer on the left is executing a Meisterhau (Schielhau) with his longsword during a tournament, from the Freydal manuscript circa 1512