I’ve got a question about the Defend move.
The Fighter is getting attacked at far range by archers. He rolls a 10 on Defend. With the archers is a warrior holding a couple leashed dogs.
The Fighter wants to spend his 3 hold to:
• Halve the attack’s effect or damage
• Open up the attacker to an ally giving that ally +1 forward against the attacker
• Deal damage to the attacker equal to your level
Now, a long time ago, I asked when do you say ‘No’ to your players? The answer I liked best is, don’t say, no, ask them how? In this case, the how is the player is taking NPC agency and saying a dog pulls free, rushes him, so he can deal his damage, and the whole thing provides a distraction for another PC to get +1 forward.
I guess I’m not comfortable allowing that much agency over NPC’s to allow him to spend his hold. He’s got an axe which is great at close range and he’s advancing, so he can’t really bank the hold. I am a fan of the characters, but I feel this is too much. I feel the how should be how he does it not how it happens. Am I wrong?