Surprise and Ambush

When you have a successful ambush, the victim has to make a Steel test.

Is this done before or after the scripting for the exchange is done?


Excellent. More generally, is it that you bring positioning into Fight, and wounds out? So a Steel test from outside wouldn’t be legit.

Sorry, I don’t quite understand your question.

Maybe an example would help?

The most straight-forward example would be someone ambushing someone else, probably using stealthy vs observation. If the ambusher wins, the loser makes a steal test. If the intent was to go into Fight, then the loser will hesitate some number of actions. So, if their reflexes is 4, and they hesitate for 4 actions that first exchange is going to go badly unless they choose Run Screaming.