Dancing Leaf Discipline
The Temple of the Nine Swords was an academy of the Sublime Way, where students learned all the arts of bladecraft–the precise, disciplined strikes of the Diamond Mind discipline; the vicious onslaught of blows that made up the Tiger Claw discipline; the subtle deceptions and powerful throws of the Setting Sun discipline, and more. And yet, there exist a handful of martial disciplines never taught there, for a variety of reasons. Some, like the Oncoming Storm discipline, came about after the Temple's fall, while others, such as the Golden Saint or Dread Crown disciplines, were developed by god-like beings and only taught to a few select champions. The Dancing Leaf discipline, however, is different, because it was known to Reshar, founder of the Temple of the Nine Swords. However, the revered blade adept and Master of Nine rejected the discipline, for its art was that of defense–dodging and counterattacks, deft evasion and trickery. While Reshar was a master of many diverse schools of combat, he saw no value in a discipline that taught only how to avoid an attack, and not how to make one. Thus, the teachings of the Dancing Leaf discipline were never brought together in a single place of learning, instead remaining in the hands of a few elder adepts. While these masters have not kept the discipline's ways a secret, few have sought them out to learn the arts of the Dancing Leaf, and fewer still have mastered the ultimate defense.
The Dancing Leaf discipline's associated skill is Escape Artist, the understanding of graceful movement and evasion the skill entails being essential to the discipline's defensive techniques. The associated weapons of the Dancing Leaf discipline are the longspear, longsword, quarterstaff, scythe, and whip.
Because the Dancing Leaf discipline was never taught widely at the Temple of the Nine Swords or any similar center of training, most martial adepts do not know any maneuvers from it, or even know it exists. Only Swordsages and Warblades can learn maneuvers from the Dancing Leaf discipline. There are two ways to master the discipline. The first is to have been trained in it. If you choose to make a martial adept that has already been trained in the Dancing Leaf discipline at character creation, you simply replace one discipline that adept could normally learn maneuvers from with the Dancing Leaf discipline.
The other way is to seek out a master of the Dancing Leaf discipline–a martial adept capable of using at least 5th-level maneuvers from the discipline and to learn Dancing Leaf from that source. You must train for a month under the master, or spend a month in research, and spend 1,000 xp at the end of your training. You gain the ability to learn maneuvers from the Dancing Leaf discipline. In addition, you may exchange your maneuvers known for maneuvers of the Dancing Leaf discipline. You may exchange one maneuver of each level, and the new maneuvers you learn must be of the same level as the exchanged maneuvers, unlike normal. The difficulty of finding an appropriate mentor or text is left to the DM to choose.