Dancing, Variant (3.5e Equipment)
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Dancing: As a move action, you may release this weapon and activate it at the same time. The weapon then floats free from you, and may immediately move up to your speed. The weapon may share the same space as another creature, but you are considered to fill that space for the purpose of threatened area, attacks of opportunity, flanking, and the like. You may make any and all of your attacks with the weapon as though you were wielding it (even splitting your attacks between the weapon and another you are wielding, though this does not give you more attacks than you would normally be able to make).
The weapon may be sundered as per the normal rules, as though you were wielding it, and you may reposition it with a swift or move action, causing it to fly up to your base speed (though it provokes no attacks of opportunity). When attacking with the weapon, treat yourself as where the weapon is for the purposes of determining if the creature you are attacking has cover, but use your own position to determine if the target has concealment against your attack. The weapon may dance in this fashion for up to one minute, and if the wielder is more than 200' from it or a minute passes, the enchantment ends and it falls to the ground. The original wielder may order it to return as a free action, causing it to return to the wielder's hand provided they have a free hand to accept it.
Whirling Dance: (Synergy, Prerequisite: The whirling dance ability can only be added to a weapon that already has the dancing ability.) Once this weapon has been released and is dancing, once per round as a swift action the original wielder can have it make a single attack against any threatened opponent. This weapon deals damage as normal.