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  1. Today
  2. Thanks for the great perspective. It became more clear in the 2nd book that moraine had her reasons. I read up to path of daggers in the 90s, but don’t remember a lot of it. Re-reading - almost like the first time 😉
  3. -sets a random person on fire- I'm here. Probably not a good thing, but I'm here.
  4. A cool breeze tussled her curls as she doubled over with laughter trying to catch her breath. Mathis had just fallen posterior first into a bramble bush and was running around the green, his hands grabbing at his bloodied bum. “Come here you f-f-foool” Thera called out to him, not bothering to disguise her mirth. Her brother had always leapt before he looked and today it came back to bite him. Grinning even harder when she saw her brothers sheepish, and slightly pained smile she lovinginly wiped the sweat from his brow. “Come along kid, Mistress Alla’ne will get you fixed up”. Putting an arm around his waist she started guiding him back towards the house. “You know Thera I.......Thera...........Thera....... Slowly the world faded away, the last thing Thera saw were her brothers bright green eyes staring back into her own. Reality slowly began to sink in, and Thera slowly pushed herself into a sitting position. “I am sorry Liitha...I....I’ She did not even know how to begin to explain what was happening in her mind. For months she had existed as a broken shell of herself, but the triad of ties to her daughter, her family, and her commitment to the job had been keeping her going. Suddenly her tripod had lost a leg and she felt herself teetering on the edge. Mathis had been her best friend growing up; and when he decided to follow her to the Tower should could not have been happier. Looking around the room, the concerned faces finally registered. “I am alright, do you mind helping me up?” Using Liitha to help her regain her feet Thera brushed off her clothes and ran her hand through her curls trying to tame it as best she could. “Do you mind if we go somewhere else? I need some time to process and there are far too many prying eyes here.” Straightening her jacket Thera motioned to the door, but she quickly pulled her arm back to her side when she saw her hands shaking. “I never wander anyplace new anymore, do you know a place where we could talk and perhaps have a drink? You brought me this news, the least I can do is buy you a beverage and give you an explanation”
  5. “Sentient…” Aiden murmured under his breath, barely a whisper, as Nox spoke with Kali. Not good. Not good. Not good! He thought to himself. The blue fairy fire sprung into existence above Aiden’s head as the rush of emotions flooded his system. One-touch from this woman and it could be all over for the both of them. Kali’s presumed fling for the night took off down the alleyway and out onto the street after Nox inquired about his identity. The Sentient didn’t so much as flinch when the man broke away, she only had eyes for Nox. That just wasn’t going to work for Aiden. It was obvious that Nox was about to ready a Weave, so there was only once course of action that Aiden could think of. Aiden began to sing, bellowing out in a rich baritone, “Tell me something girl? Are you happy in this modern world? Or do you need more? Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for?” That strange, ethereal light sprung up behind Aiden’s shoulder as he sang the first few notes to the song; this was his Block, his handicap in Channeling the forces of Magic. People like Nox could command the forces of the Gods with nothing more than a thought, but not Aiden- he needed to sing or dance to call forth such energies. Nox had insisted that one day Aiden would break his ‘block,’ but how he would do that, neither of them knew. They had tried a few months ago, but the efforts had only served to make Aiden blush. Incidentally, Aiden was hoping to recreate those efforts tonight, although his motives were purely carnal. Weaving Fire, Aiden readied a few Fireballs to launch at the Sentient if she took even one step towards them.
  6. While the premise has some similarities the books are VERY different. I want to tread carefully so I do not spoil anything. In Sanderson's novel the "good guy" lost a long time ago, In Kade's it feels a little more recent. Kade takes us on the journey toward the loss. Kade's novel is also much shorter, by around 200 pages I believe (its hard to tell since I read Kade's book on my computer). It makes it a quicker read than some fantasy novels, and that was also appealing to me. I have not read anything else by Kel Kade, but I am interested in adding another of her books Free the Darkness to my reading list. It is a four part series. If you do read the novel I would love to hear your thoughts. One of my favorite things about reading fantasy novels is discussing them with other people. I think it is the nature of the genre that everyone interprets them slightly differently. It makes for great conversations.
  7. Yesterday
  8. Nox rose from the bed to join Merdyn at the door. He could feel Nox doing so without even having to glance back. It was the strangest thing. What were the limits to that particular feature of the Bond? Merdyn found himself absently wondering if there was a limit to the distance at which they could detect each other. This Bond could prove to be most advantageous in combat. They would have to start working on joint tactics to be sure, but Merdyn was confident that they could give the Forsaken a run for their coin if the two of them practiced enough. That was a big ‘if,’ but still… Merdyn filed those thoughts away for a later date. At present, he had a missive from the Alliance to deal with. Nox made an off-handed comment about the young Soldier that just delivered the letter. Merdyn looked over to his Warder, a wry smile plastered on his face. “I guess we can ask him later. He was working the Traveling Grounds when I arrived,” Merdyn said with a laugh as he used a flow of Air to rip open the seal on the letter. He quickly scanned the contents and then started over, rereading the thing a touch slower just to make sure he wasn’t mistaken. “Love? Forget what I said about staying at the Black Tower…” Merdyn said as he handed the letter over to Nox. “I am to report to our Embassy at the Citadel tomorrow by first light. Captain Eb of the Band has need of my services.” Apparently the M’Hael was so pleased with how Merdyn had handled the Red Sisters, that he decided to name Merdyn as a liaison to the Band of the Red Hand. It was not an unwelcome development, on the contrary, this was the sort of thing that Merdyn was raised for. It was enjoyable work. Not to mention his sneaking suspicion, which he had for months now, that this would be the purpose that he would serve at the Black Tower. It was only grating because everything was all happening at once. But that's how it always went with these things. At least Merdyn was starting to feel important again… If only due to these assignments.
  9. The Shardcast. Podcast about all of Brandon's Cosmere works.
  10. Minecraft is always a classic game. Also played: FTL:Faster than Light, TF2, and Civ4: Beyond the Sword.
  11. YouTube is like all I watch. Did go to a Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie party at my Alamo Drafthouse.
  12. SWORD FORMS Defense The Bell Ringer An arcing movement that is designed to block a high attack and force the opponent’s blade to the ground in one smooth motion. Excellent to follow up with Tower of the Morning or The River Undercuts the Bank. Boat Parts the Waves This form is used to avoid/block side attacks and requires strength and stamina rather than dexterity and finesse. The weapon moves in front of you, diagonally away from you body in tight arcs, intending to reflect incoming blows. Attacks incoming from the right side are reflected upwards, while left side attacks are forced down to the ground. When performed correctly, not only saves your hide, but also gives you enough time to strike back before your opponent will make their blade ready. The best attack forms to follow this form are: after blocking left side attack (blade starts low) - Tower of Morning, The Wind Blows Over the Wall or The River Undercuts the Bank, after blocking right side attack (blade starts high) - The Falcon Stoops, The Kingfisher takes a Silverback or The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain. Bridge Over Water (double bladed form) Dropping to one knee, the right hand blade up above your head, the tip pointing diagonally down to catch and deflect an overhead strike. The blade in the left hand upright and ready to move either side to to deflect or engage whichever side the opponents sword(s) comes down on. Used for defence against The Courtier Taps His Fan, Striking the Spark or forms like The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain The Cat Dances on the Wall A feinting, tentative series of short slashes, thrusts, and parries. The swordsman must have good wrists and quick feet for this to be effective. Useful for buying time. Cat on Hot Sand A faster, less tentative version of The Cat Dances on the Wall. Better for multiple opponents. Caught between Lion and Mouse (double bladed Form) Is an effective defense move against both one-bladed and two-bladed opponents. This form can be used from almost any guarding stance or motion where the sword is held in front or the side of the body, with the blade not held behind the arm holding it. Sword arm moves sideways to block a stabbing trust, connecting blades and following the motion with enough strength to push the stabbing sword away. The dagger arm is at the ready to block any sudden move or change in direction from the opponent’s sword that could turn into a slashing follow-up attack. If such should happen, the dagger is used to connect with the opponent’s blade pushing the blade away from the body while the dagger hilt slides down to the sword hilt and is so ready to twist the blade away or slash the hand holding it, depending on the situation. This whole move must be executed with speed, accuracy and strength. A steadfast hand and a thorough mastering of the dagger is needed. Feet must be firmly planted on the ground, to allow the impact of the blades in combination of a counter push from the opponent. Overall balance is of the utmost importance. Useful against attacks like: The Wind Blows Over the Wall, Lizard in the Thorn Bush, Lightning of Three Prongs, Hummingbird kisses the Honey Rose and other stabbing type attacks. Form can be changed into: Lightening Strikes Twice The Creeper Embraces the Oak A slow, circling stance. The blade goes from high to low and back to constantly offer a new threat and to guard against others. Forms to use out of this: The Falling Leaf, Lightning of Three Prongs. The Falling Leaf A more exaggerated and slower version of The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain. Starting high, the blade sweeps back and forth before reaching its lowest point. Can be used to parry effectively against multiple opponents, or just one. Move from this straight into The River Undercuts the Bank or The Wind Blows over the Wall, and you've got an effective pair. The Grapevine Twines A circular motion when blades are locked, used to disarm an opponent. The Kingfisher Takes a Silverback Begun while the sword is at shoulder height or higher, a downward stab for the abdomen. Begun when the sword is lower than shoulder height, a downward stab meant to cripple a leg or the groin. May also be used to parry a midlevel strike. Leaf Floating on the Breeze A horizontal guard position with a form similar to The Falling Leaf. The blade will move up and down according to the threat while moving horizontally to offer new threats. A good basic form. Attacks from this position should include Lightning of Three Prongs and Lizard in the Thorn Bush. Parting the Silk A more controlled slash, probably used as a precision block or strike. Directed at the abdomen, a good move to draw first blood or inflict non-lethal damage on an opponent. The Pheonix Rises From a low stance with knees strongly bent and sword held at the hip, thrusting upwards towards the chest. Use against Forms such as Wind Blows Over The Wall and The Boar Rushes Down The Mountain. Stones Falling from the Cliff The medium difficulty version of Boar Rushes Down the Mountain. A good mainstay of a battle, this form is useful for both parrying and attacking. The sword should begin at least at shoulder height and come down. The Swallow Rides the Air The guard stance assumed after performing The Swallow Takes Flight. More of an on-the-run stance, made for attacking or defending while mobile. Testing the Wind (Double bladed form) Right foot is planted behind the left with the dagger in front of the sword forming an X, but with the blades not touching by several inches. Can easily transition into Tiger Creeps Through the Rushes (Guard Stance) by moving right arm back, or Water Flows Uphill (Attack) by pivoting the left foot forward and moving the right foot forward. Top of the Wall A simple high block that can only be used with single edged blades. The arms are shoulder width apart, and one hand holds the hilt while the other supports the blade to block against The Courtier Taps His Fan, Striking the Spark, or other overhead attacks of a similar nature. Twisting the Wind For use in a tight situation, when one is outnumbered. A quick, continual rotation of the body, using slashes and short thrusts to counter or attack as the situation dictates. (form modified for two weapon fighting) - For use in a tight situation, when one is outnumbered. A quick, continual rotation of the body with both blades extended, using slashes and short thrusts to counter or attack as the situation dictates. Wasp in the Cave (Double blade form) Starting from a basic fighting stance of Leopards in the Tree (form modified for two weapon fighting) this defense is used to deflect an attack with one hand while striking with the other. This maneuver is best used against an attack that is coming towards the upper body, but can be adjusted to deflect mid level attacks as well. From a balanced stance step backwards and move sword in an outer sweep (a half arc towards the attacking blade) with the dominate hand at the same time moving forward yet slightly to the side to maintain balance with the secondary foot and with the secondary hand stab to the exposed side of the attacker. Attacks to use this defense against are (assuming one weapon attack against two weapons defense): Arc of the Moon, Bundling Straw with mid level modifications, The Heron Spreads Its Wings, Heron Wading in the Rushes, The Courtier Taps His Fan – risky since the blow is very strong, The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain and any variation of it, and Ribbon in the Air. This defense with a follow up attack is the mainstay in two weapons fighting which is why it responds to various attacks. To alter this form the arc can descend instead of ascend for a mid to low level block. The Wood Grouse Dances Similar to the Cat Dances on the Wall, but from a more stationary point. Mainly to feel out an enemy, more than to do serious harm.
  13. SWORD FORMS Attacks Apple Blossoms in the Wind A versatile technique, intended for use against an ambush by multiple opponents. The blade is held low, but ready for use in a number of strike forms. Keep loose and move slowly. Arc of the Moon A simple slash, meant to take off an opponent's head. Probably begins at mid-body level, arcs to neck, and ends back at a guard stance. The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain A vertical slash, but one that can alter course in mid-swing quickly. Starts high and ends low. Try this with Tower of Morning. Bundling Straw Several quick chest-level thrusts, followed by an arc and a paired return arc that should return the blade to a guard stance. Try this against a quarterstaff opponent. The Cat Dances on the Wall A feinting, tentative series of short slashes, thrusts, and parries. The swordsman must have good wrists and quick feet for this to be effective. Useful for buying time. Cat on Hot Sand A faster, less tentative version of The Cat Dances on the Wall. Better for multiple opponents. The Courtier Taps His Fan A quick, powerful overhand blow, meant to split the head. A good move for anyone to have in his repertoire. The Creeper Embraces the Oak A slow, circling stance. The blade goes from high to low and back to constantly offer a new threat and to guard against others. Forms to use out of this: The Falling Leaf, Lightning of Three Prongs. The Falcon Stoops An abbreviated version of The Kingfisher Takes a Silverback. A quick overhand thrust, returning to a guard position just as quickly. The Falling Leaf A more exaggerated and slower version of The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain. Starting high, the blade sweeps back and forth before reaching its lowest point. Can be used to parry effectively against multiple opponents, or just one. Move from this straight into The River Undercuts the Bank or The Wind Blows over the Wall, and you've got an effective pair. The Grapevine Twines A circular motion when blades are locked, used to disarm an opponent. The Hawk Swoops (Double bladed form) The right hand blade sweeping down in an overhead arc, the offhand blade following with a direct thrust at waist height to either catch the midsection or the face of the opponent, depending on their reaction. The Heron Spreads Its Wings The operational version of Heron Wading in the Rushes. A tighter cut, concentrated in one sector of the arc of the sword. Heron Wading in the Rushes A horizontal slash, begun on one foot, blade at head height, pivot while slashing, and resume stance. Hummingbird Kisses the Honeyrose A quick thrust in the face. Will at least deter an opponent, and will usually kill a charging opponent outright. Blade should start from shoulder height, though it may be performed from any level less quickly. The Kingfisher takes a Silverback Begun while the sword is at shoulder height or higher, a downward stab for the abdomen. Begun when the sword is lower than shoulder height, a downward stab meant to cripple a leg or the groin. May also be used to parry a midlevel strike. Leaf Floating on the Breeze A horizontal guard position with a form similar to The Falling Leaf. The blade will move up and down according to the threat while moving horizontally to offer new threats. A good basic form. Attacks from this position should include Lightning of Three Prongs and Lizard in the Thorn Bush. Lightning of Three Prongs A simple thrust to the midsection that can either be used as a thrust, or can change into a slash to either side, depending on the reaction of the opponent. (form modified for two weapon fighting) - A simple double thrust to the midsection that can either be used as a thrust, or alternate a thrust and slash to either side, depending on the reaction of the opponent. Lightning Strikes Twice (double bladed Form) The attack version of Caught between Lion and Mouse. Used by the more experienced and quickest as speed and precision is key here. While the sword arm moves in to block the stabbing sword, the dagger arm at the same time moves in to slash or stab, immediately followed by a diagonally slashing motion of the sword over the length of the opponent’s body. Is almost always lethal, if successful. Only the experienced masters can manage to control the depth of their slashes, thus enabling them to seriously wound, but not kill. Lizard in the Thorn Bush Used expressly against two opponents. One thrust to the chest, then pivot and kneel with either a thrust or a slash, usually a thrust. Good mid-level technique; most veteran-level soldiers have mastered this form. Low Wind Rising Can be done from almost any stance - even sitting. A diagonal slash, beginning low and rising cleanly. May be used to return to a guard stance after a form such as The Grapevine Twines or Lightning of Three Prongs. Moon Rises Over the Water A vertical arc after a horizontal, tentative slash. The blade should begin and end in the same position - near the waist. Parting the Silk A more controlled slash, probably used as a precision block or strike. Directed at the abdomen, a good move to draw first blood or inflict non-lethal damage on an opponent. Ribbon in the Air A horizontal slash that may change direction up or down at the tail end. Should be begun just below chest height. Both feet should be used in this form, unlike the Heron forms. The River Undercuts the Bank A simple slash across the stomach with one or both hands where the attacker drops down in a squat or to one knee. The Form is also done when the opponent has higher ground. This is an excellent Form to use after Top of the Wall. The Snake Bares its Fangs (Double blade form) starting from a basic fighting stance of Lions on a Hill (form modified for two weapon fighting) start the motion with shifting weight forward onto the front foot and slash horizontally towards an opponent’s stomach while following with the up raised hand and weapon stepping with the motion, bringing the back foot forward to an even stance, rotating the wrists to bring force and thrust at the upper level of the opponent’s body (shoulder, throat, head being main targets). From middle stance blades cross and are then pulled to the right and left slashing outwards to drive an opponent backwards. From this flourish consider using forms such as Lightening of Three Prongs (form modified for two weapon fighting), Sunlight Dapples the Glade (form modified for two weapon fighting), or Twisting in the Wind (form modified for two weapon fighting). Defenses to this form include (assuming a one weapon defense against a two weapon fighter): The Cat Dances on the Wall and The Wood Grouse Dances – both of these forms require rapid movement back and forth with excellent wrist control and speed to deflect both blade. Sequential blocks to this form are The Kingfisher Takes a Silverback – to block the horizontal slash - combined with The Bell Ringer – to block the high vertical stab – and a rapid retreat from the flourish into Dragon Crosses the Mountain to prepare for attack. Stones Falling from the Cliff The medium difficulty version of Boar Rushes Down the Mountain. A good mainstay of a battle, this form is useful for both parrying and attacking. The sword should begin at least at shoulder height and come down. Striking the Spark A rapid series of powerful overhand blows, best begun on the return swing of a slash like Low Wind Rising or The Heron Spreads Its Wings. If you've got stamina this can win a battle for you. Sunlight Dapples The Glade A quick full body spin to deliver a horizontal strike followed by a lift of the sword arm up, to thrust downward. (form modified for two weapon fighting) - A simple double thrust to the midsection that can either be used as a thrust, or alternate a thrust and slash to either side, depending on the reaction of the opponent. The Swallow Rides the Air The guard stance assumed after performing The Swallow Takes Flight. More of an on-the-run stance, made for attacking or defending while mobile. The Swallow Takes Flight Basically, Low Wind Rising followed by a short thrust. The form is angled more toward the opponent, though, so that the opening slash is more a guard for the thrust. Thistledown Floats on the Whirlwind A short-range jumping spin-swipe, used for beheading. Best if done by surprise. An opening move in most cases. The sword should not move more than a foot or so; the main force is provided by the spin of the body. The blade should not extend too far out from the body, and be approximately chest high. Tower of Morning A vertical slash, starting low and ending high. I'd pair this one with Boar Rushes Down the Mountain or The Courtier Taps His Fan. The Tumbleweed Rolls By You literally dive into a ball and rolls beside your opponent to slice the back of their legs with your blade and spring up behind them. Twisting the Wind For use in a tight situation, when one is outnumbered. A quick, continual rotation of the body, using slashes and short thrusts to counter or attack as the situation dictates. (form modified for two weapon fighting) - For use in a tight situation, when one is outnumbered. A quick, continual rotation of the body with both blades extended, using slashes and short thrusts to counter or attack as the situation dictates. Unfolding the Fan A flowing motion used to simultaneously unsheathe the blade and strike, or go into another form. A good opener to a fight. Wasp in the Cave (Double blade form) Starting from a basic fighting stance of Leopards in the Tree (form modified for two weapon fighting) this defense is used to deflect an attack with one hand while striking with the other. This maneuver is best used against an attack that is coming towards the upper body, but can be adjusted to deflect mid level attacks as well. From a balanced stance step backwards and move sword in an outer sweep (a half arc towards the attacking blade) with the dominate hand at the same time moving forward yet slightly to the side to maintain balance with the secondary foot and with the secondary hand stab to the exposed side of the attacker. Attacks to use this defense against are (assuming one weapon attack against two weapons defense): Arc of the Moon, Bundling Straw with mid level modifications, The Heron Spreads Its Wings, Heron Wading in the Rushes, The Courtier Taps His Fan – risky since the blow is very strong, The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain and any variation of it, and Ribbon in the Air. This defense with a follow up attack is the mainstay in two weapons fighting which is why it responds to various attacks. To alter this form the arc can descend instead of ascend for a mid to low level block. Water Flows Downhill A more complicated form of The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain. This form can and will change direction in mid-stroke; only the more advanced swordsmen use this form. Like its name, it takes the easiest route from high to low, avoiding contact with the other weapon while seeking its target. Water Flows Uphill (Double blade form) Both knees are slightly bent with the right foot forward with the weight on the right. The Sword in the right hand is held forward, blade canted down, with the dagger in the left hand below waist level, ready to thrust. The sword sweeps up and in, faking an attack to lure the opponent into blocking. Immediately after, while the opponent blade is entangled with the sword, the left foot shifts forward while the dagger thrusts. Whirlwind on the Mountain A form of Thistledown Floats on the Whirlwind, except done while remaining on the ground. Can be modified for use for striking uphill or downhill simply by changing the angle of the spin. The sword also is extended further than with Thistledown Floats on the Whirlwind. The Wind Blows Over the Wall Starting low, the sword stabs upwards towards the chest only as a feint, that becomes a sudden downward slash to slice the stomach or legs. Wind and Rain Another complicated form. Begun with either Low Wind Rising or Parting the Silk, this form follows through with multiple short thrusts or quick overhand blows. The Wood Grouse Dances Similar to the Cat Dances on the Wall, but from a more stationary point. Mainly to feel out an enemy, more than to do serious harm. Woodpecker Finds a Hollow This attack form is mostly used to disarm your opponent, but, when performed correctly, can cut off the enemy's arm with weapon. Weapon starts close to the right or left leg (depends which hand is in use) and strikes upwards in arcing vertical slash, aiming for the armpit of your opponent. When performed correctly, severs muscles and joins leaving oponent's arm useless. With enough strength used, can sever enemy's arm completely. After the blow blade stays at head level and can be easily used to perform defence forms like The Falling Leaf, Top of the Wall or The Bell Ringer. This form is good to use after The Courtier Taps His Fan or Hummingbird Kisses the Honeyrose, when opponent is stunned.
  14. SWORD FORMS Stances/Moving Cat Crosses the Courtyard An arrogant, confident walk, with weight on balls of feet, hands free of any hindrance, eyes alert to everything around. The Creeper Embraces the Oak A slow, circling stance. The blade goes from high to low and back to constantly offer a new threat and to guard against others. Forms to use out of this: The Falling Leaf, Lightning of Three Prongs. Dancing with the Wind (double bladed Form) A flowing spin with sword held horizontally at the back and dagger horizontally in the front in response to a rapid advance from an opponent with one blade facing forward. Must begin at the last moment to prevent opponent from stopping the advance so that his/her momentum forces him/her through. Feet must be light and steadfast, both blades held firm but light, ready to shift into any position needed. Useful in response to Rhino rushes the Tiger Dragon Crosses The Mountain A stance where the sword hilt is held with both hands at or above eye level, wrists bent slightly so that the point hangs down in front of you. Opening stance for such Forms as Moon on the Water and The Falcon Stoops. Dragon Twists the Pillar (Double blade form) When in two weapons fighting a shield is not utilized and blocking an opponent’s thrust or advance is changed. The stance should be such that the feet are shoulder width apart with one foot forward and one foot back in a comfortable and balanced stance and not in a straight line – keep in mind that you want this stance to be loose and movable. To block an oncoming blow cross both weapons to form an “X”. When blocking, catch the blade between the crossed portions of the weapons, then rotate the blades to one side or the other to try and dislodge the weapon from your opponent’s hand. Folding the Fan A flowing motion going from a defensive stance into sheathing the blade. Leopard in the Tree A preliminary form, begun with both hands on the hilt of the sword, knees bent, and leaning forward in a ready position. This form is used to prepare for Unfolding the Fan or another such drawing technique. Leopards in the Tree (form modified for two weapon fighting) A preliminary form, begun with both weapons held out in front loose at either side of the body, knees bent, and leaning forward in a ready position. This form can also be used to prepare for Unfolding the Fans (modified form for two weapon fighting) or another such drawing technique when weapons are sheathed. Lion on the Hill A basic guard stance, with the sword at the shoulder, blade pointed at the opponent. Useful to go into and out of forms. Lions on a Hill (Double blade form) one blade held at shoulder level pointed to the opponent and the second blade held at waist level parallel to the ground with weight shifted into a back stance. The back stance is such that the blade that is parallel to the ground is also the foot that is forward and the blade that is held high is the foot that is back holding the majority of the weight and the front foot holding only 40% of the weight for quicker forward motion. For two weapon fighting the dominate hand should be the weapon that is forward. The stance should be shoulder width apart and not in a straight line. Rhino Rushes the Tiger A rapid advance to close with an opponent, sword hilt held close to the waist and blade pointed at the opponent. Easily followed up with most attacking forms. Sheathing the Sword More of a concept than a sword-form, this is used when what you can gain is greater than or equal to what you may lose in the process of gaining it. This might be using Heron Wading in the Rushes like Rand al'Thor, or it might be using Lizard in the Thornbush to take down two major opponents when you know a third, less important one is coming up behind you. The Swallow Rides the Air The guard stance assumed after performing The Swallow Takes Flight. More of an on-the-run stance, made for attacking or defending while mobile. Tiger Creeps Through the Rushes (Double blade stance) The weight is mostly on the right foot which is planted to the rear of the left foot. The right knee is bent more than the left, and the blade in the right hand is just below eye level and pointed towards the enemy, ready to thrust. The shorter blade in the left hand is held out, ready to block any sudden moves. Unfolding the Fan A flowing motion used to simultaneously unsheathe the blade and strike, or go into another form. A good opener to a fight. Unfolding the Fans (modified form for two weapon fighting) A flowing motion used to simultaneously unsheathe both blades and strike, or go into another form. The Vulture Circles the Kill A moving version of Lion on the Hill, holding the weapon the same, only side stepping to circle your opponent while always facing them. Useful for getting around to better terrain or when two people circle a single fighter. The Waiting Dragon (Double sword form) Standing facing the opponent, alert but with shoulders relaxed. Feet placed shoulder-width apart. The blades held loosely in each hand, unsheathed and crossed in front of the body. The Willow Bends Back A defensive move that bends the body backwards at the knees allowing the torso to be parallel with the ground and the non-sword hand supporting the weight. The move leaves you vulnerable, but gets you out of a lethal blow. Doing it fast, it catches your opponent by surprise, and while still falling, you may use Parting the Silk or other mid-level thrusts or slashes to try and give your opponent a quick sting. The move is completed by pushing yourself back up with your hand or kicking backwards into a flip to further yourself from your enemy. Wolf Wags Tail This is a very versatile stance/move and should be used by experienced fighters. The body facing enemy is slightly bent forward while moving step after step around enemy. This form outcome is best when both hands are equally skilled and when can be performed with one or two weapons. Both hands are hidden behind your back and you can swap weapon from one hand to another, or swap both weapons so the enemy doesn't know which one is holding the weapon. Wearing a cape is also helpful, because it additionally hides any movement behind your back. This stance is a good start for most attack forms like Apple Blossoms in the Wind, Lightning of Three Prongs, Moon Rises Over the Water or Tower of Morning and also comes handy when you want the enemy to make the first move or you just want to probe the enemy's intentions, make them angry or play on their nerves. It's also helpful when your enemy is badly hurt or bleeding, so their judgement and reactions are slowed.
  15. This is the complete library of Weapons Forms. The way this will work is that each weapon will have three posts. At the top of each post in large, glowing, red lettering will be the weapon type the Forms apply to. Below the Weapon type will be one of three catagories in Large, bold, underlined lettering. The names of the Forms will be underlined. The first post and catagory for the weapon type will be Stances & Movements. This will list the Forms that are actually Guard Stances (like Lion on the Hill) or moving Forms (like Cat Crosses the Courtyard). The second post and catagory for the weapon type will be attack Forms The third post and catagory for the Weapon type will be defense Forms. NOTE: Some Forms may fit into more than one catagory, as some can be used as attacks and defense. if this is the case, those Forms will be listed in each catagory they apply to. Do not get worried if you see The Swallow Rides the Air in all three areas, as it is used for attacking and defending while on the move. All Forms will be listed alphabetically.
  16. Known Names of Infantry Weapons ▬▬ι═══════ﺤ Member Blademaster name - Weapon name(/-s) Footy Grim - Crusader's Redemption Spacey - Stormbringer Masema - Soul Cleaver Apollo - Teotihuacan Mushuganna - White Flame Kristine Aislinnis - Thelma and Louise Taymist Rhian - Windsinger Ashandarei Dracarys - Soul Harvest and Desecrate Daetirion - Triskelion Evrem Floyd - Treble Cleft and Arpeggio Mystica Galadriel - Hadhafang and Varuya Kieran Warwick - Malvial and Skiltia Kellan Kiri - Laughing Death Kara_J Bellona - Romulus and Remus Zeth Alley - Mornblade Arrandion Avermind - The Messenger of Justice Lanette - Azriel Demonspawn - Freya and Freyr Honorary as Senior Staff : Lord Horn Achelous (ex. Executive Commander) - Truth and Salvation
  17. Master of Arms Blademaster Taymist Rhian Master of Swords Blademaster Horn Achelous Blademasters Footman Grim Ashandarei Dracarys Mystica Galadriel Kristine Aislinnis Kara J Bellona Arrandion Avermind Demonspawn Master Hopefuls Daetirion (MIA - Need to complete Ceremony) Davrick (MIA - Need to complete Ceremony)
  18. Cant wait for weekend so get time to put it in ma rotation
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