WoT Blademaster Forms

Form

Use

Description

Apple Blossoms in the Wind

Multiple opponents

It is meant to be used against multiple opponents. It uses three quick strikes to push opponents back.

Black Lance's Last Strike

Draw

Finisher

 Reckless 

A simple form, depending entirely upon speed to draw a sword from the scabbard and thrust it into the enemy's neck. It is, however, an all-or-nothing move; if it fails, the swordsman usually dies. 

The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain 

It is a series of aggressive strikes raining down from overhead.

Cat Crosses the Courtyard 

Movement 

A way of carrying oneself which maximizes alertness and reaction potential. The blademaster lets his body hang relaxed, spine straight, as though suspended by a line. It affects a self-assured manner and projects confidence, but could also be described as a relaxed, almost arrogant saunter.

Cat Dances on the Wall

Trip

Used to knock aside a strike and go for the legs in one sweep. The movement of the form looks like a surprised cat scrambling up a wall.

Folding the Fan

Sheath

Used to sheathe a swordsman's weapon. It is typically used at the end of another form.

Heron Wading in the Rushes 

Movement / Stance

Typically used to train balance. The swordsman stands on the ball of one foot, sword held reversed in both hands over their head shifting from foot to foot. Many consider it unworthy of practice, since it allows the enemy to strike with impunity.

Hummingbird Kisses the Honeyrose

Counter Attack

The movements of the form are unknown, other than the fact that it is rarely useful against someone on the defensive

Kissing the Adder

Finisher

Used to thrust a sword through an opponent's heart. The name suggest that this form is used in a close fight

Leopard in High Grass

Movement

It is a walking stance assumed when there are enemies on all sides.

Leopard in the Tree

Movement / Stance 

It is a stance with the swordsman grasping the hilt of his weapon, waiting on the brink of drawing.

Lizard in the Thornbush

Reckless 

This form has been used by a swordsman against single and multiple opponents. The movement of the form ends on one knee.

Lotus Closes Its Blossom

Sheath

The form is conventionally used against a single opponent. It is often followed by the swordsman wiping or shaking the blood off of the blade before sheathing the sword as a finishing flourish. This is reflected by the word "closes" in the name of the form.

Low Wind Rising 

It is a sword form with both a standing and a seated version.

The Moon Rises Over the Lakes 

Draw

It is a way to unsheath the sword, but can also be used once the sword is out of its scabbard.

The Moon Rises Over Water

The movement of the sword form is a slashing movement.

Oak Shakes Its Branches

Non-lethal 

Often used by masters when training students. It deals non-lethal blows and is also very effective against large groups of opponents who are using different types of weapons.

Parting the Silk

Often used at the beginning of battle. It is also used to practice balance.

Plucking the Low-Hanging Apple

Finisher

It is used to cut at the neck, the head being the "low-hanging apple."

Reaping the Barley 

A slice aimed just beneath the rib cage.

Red Hawk Takes a Dove 

A sword form designed to weaken an opponent through slight gashes to the forearms, legs.

River of Light

Draw

It is used as a draw-cut, usually ment to unsheath the sword and strike in the same motion

The River Undercuts the Bank

Reckless 

A movement involving dropping to one knee in order to make a horizontal cut at the enemy's abdomen or legs. It is a dangerous tactic without the proper setu. 

Shake Dew from the Branch

Movement 

It is used to deliver six sharp blows that can be divided amongst several opponents.

Thistledown Floats on the Whirlwind

This form involves leaping and spinning, such that the blade cuts horizontally.

The Viper Flicks Its Tongue

Can be used when a swordsman fights alone, but it is more effective when used with an ally.

Forms lacking descriptions (d20)

1

Arc of the Moon

Lightning of Three Prongs

2

Black Pebbles on Snow

Lion on the Hill

3

The Boar Rushed Downhill

The Lion Springs

4

Bundling Straw

Moon on the Water

5

Cat on Hot Sand

Rain in High Wind

6

The Courtier Taps His Fan

Rat Gnawing the Grain

7

The Creeper Embraces the Oak

Ribbon in the Air

8

Cutting the Clouds

The Rose Unfolds

9

The Cyclone Rages

Soft Rain at Sunset

10

Dandelion in the Wind

Stone Falls From the Mountain

11

The Dove Takes Flight

Stones Falling from the Cliff

12

Eel Among the Lily Pads

Striking the Spark

13

The Falcon Stoops

The Swallow Rides the Air

14

The Falling Leaf

Threading the Needle

15

Folding the Air

Tower of Morning

16

The Grapevine Twines

Twisting the Wind

17

The Heron Spreads Its Wings

Two Hares Leaping

18

Kingfisher Circles the Pond

Unfolding the Fan

19

The Kingfisher Takes a Silverback

Water Flows Downhill

20

Leaf on the Breeze

The Wood Grouse Dances

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