So while in most cases, I've been able to manage pretty well with the 7th Sea 2e rules, and handwave or improvise most things that are confusing or ambiguous for me, but there's one area I am still very confused about: Weapon categories, specifically what makes the difference between a Heavy Weapon versus a Fencing Weapon in game mechanics (if there is a difference!). If anyone has any insight that can help answer these questions, I'd certainly appreciate it:
1. Has anyone found a specific reference in the core rule book that describes a mechanical difference between wielding a Heavy Weapon and a Fencing Weapon? I remember in the Quickstart scenario, it was mentioned that players should roll Brawn+Weaponry if using a Heavy Weapon, and Finesse+Weaponry if using a Fencing Weapon...but I can't seem to find any similar rule in the official published core book. I'm totally OK house ruling that Heavy Weapons use Brawn and Fencing Weapons use Finesse, but if anyone has found a specific mention of this in the core rulebook, could you point me to a page number, please?
2. To make matters more confusing, cutlasses seem to be listed as both Heavy and Fencing Weapons in different parts of the rulebook! Under the Ambrogia dueling style description, a cutlass is described as a Fencing Weapon. But under the Mireli style description, it's described as a Heavy Weapon. But cutlasses are also mentioned as Fencing Weapons under the Fencer Advantage! Wait, what? Does this mean that one of these references is a typo, or is a cutlass treated as a different type of weapon depending on the dueling style being used?
3. My last area of uncertainty is the Sabat Dueling school. The weapon required for the Sabat Gambit is described as "a Heavy Weapon held in one hand, such as a curved cavalry saber." OK, no problem there, though I personally tend to think of sabers as fencing weapons. But...then I recalled that Sabat Gambit calculates Wound damage using Finesse+Weaponry+Raises spent...and to me Finesse seems to imply use of a Fencing Weapon. Anyone willing to lend a hand clearing this up? Again, I'm OK with players using Brawn+Weaponry when using Sabat style, and using Finesse+Weaponry+Raises for calculating the special maneuver's Wounds if that is how the style is intended, but it just seems a bit weird. Is it possible labeling the saber as a "Heavy Weapon" was a typo?
I've emailed the design team about these questions at the new official 7th Sea site, but have not heard back yet from them. If I receive a reply, I'll share it here but would value feedback from other GMs and players, as weapons categories are getting a bit confusing for me.