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Completely disagree with using character level. If you have a "one handed weapon" skill, then it's painfully obvious that combat ability while using a one handed weapon should be by USING THE SKILL WITH WHICH THE WEAPON IS USED and not the arbitrary number that can be raised through dealing with logistical problems, scouting a road or patching wounds.While that sounds nice in theory in practice you rarely meet a “high level trader" in combat. Also the difficulty based on skill level just doesn't add up. Shielded units do tend to block a bit more often than unshielded one's but doesn't matter if I I fight a looter with pitchfork or a top tier two handed weapon welder, they won't block ever (maybe one in 10 hits will be blocked), they just keep on trying to attack even though they are locked into stagger from every player made attack which obviously will land quicker.
So the rare trader argument aside, and if the skill level bonus can't be adjusted further (as I said without a shield, troops rarely block regardless if the skill is 20 or 200) the combat was better when it was solely based on char level.
There might be a problem with AI not being good enough at a particular skill level, but that's just a problem of TUNING, not of CONCEPT. Increasing the amount of blocking per skill point doesn't require scrapping using skill level and replacing it by character level.
That's completely beside the point.I've yet to see the fabled trader in a combat mission in bannerlord.
If down the road we can encounter routinely high-level traders with huge trade skill and very low weapon ones, I don't want them to be godly fighters. We have a system making sense but inadequately tuned ? Let's tune it better rather than destroy the sense it has. Seriously...
The argument that "high skill in weapon" should translate in "character skilled in weapon usage" seems to be pretty solid, to the point of being tautological. YOUR point, on the other hand, that "I know very well how to sell goods, so I should be very dangerous in combat" IS completely stupid.
Don't throw rocks in a house of glass ?