I have been working on the plot of my sci-fi novel and, whichever angle I approach it from, it seems inevitable that there will be a fight between a ninja and a pirate. Obviously I want this fight to be as realistic as possible. While I think the ninja would normally have the advantage, the fight will be happening on a ship, and he may not have found his sea-legs. I can also imagine a scenario where the pirate's parrot may momentarily distract the ninja while the pirate grabs his cutlass. If anyone has any suggestions as to how this might play out, please let me know.