From the introduction:
Throughout your life, throughout generations of your family, throughout the various fronts of your war, you have had one great rival. Again and again you clash with them, one walking away the victor of the battle, but bearing the scars of your war.
A Duet Of Steel is a game about Rivals who engage each other in charged exchanges over an extended period of time.
Two philosophers who trade barbs in public arguments and diatribes over decades.
Neighboring nations’ spend their youths in pitched battles for shifting fronts and alliances with vassal states on the stage of a protracted war.
Two rival paramours peacocking for the affections of the city’s most eligible heir over a hot, thirsty summer.
Two criminal dynasties trapped in a bloody cycle of vengeance in their struggle for domination.
A pair of immortals diametrically opposed, going centuries without contact before violent confrontations.
Whatever the setting and scope, the focus of A Duet Of Steel is the two Duelists, their climatic duels, and the aftermath of these confrontations. The Duet Of Steel is a dance of antagonism, with an ebb and flow of conflict and recovery. But it is a Duet, with the two parties playing off each other. It takes two to tango.