Originally posted by Chausse
Can you use Familiar-Honing Intrsuctions (Exalted Core p.411) to give your familiar a boost for Join Battle in normal circumstances (Like, not in ambushes) ? The Charm Ambush Predator Style clearly implies you can, but then how does it work since Familiar-Honing Instructions is a Simple Charm ? Do you have to take a flurry to boost the initiative of your familiar ? Or can you consider that if you see the fight coming you prepare it just before it begins ? Or can you only use it to boost initiative of your familiar when you have the upgrade with 3 essence to make it reflexive ?
You'd have to give it the order to attack before rolling Join Battle, usually when you're the one starting the fight.