Short Blade (3.5e Martial Discipline)

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Adopter: Eiji-kun (talk)
Original Author: WolfDancer (talk)
Date Created: April 24
Date Adopted: 3-23-14
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Editing: Clarity edits only please
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The art of knife fighting has always been around always growing always evolving never stopping. Knife fighting was originally used to fight other people, but also simpler things like hunting. On the other hand the art of the short blade was only recently created. The art of the short blade was created by a group of traveling men who specialized in fighting with knives and would go around looking for fights with some of the best fighters ever. Of course over time they got better and better until they could no longer be defeated so they started to hand down their skills, and then those people handed them down and so forth. Now only people that are crazy enough to fight with weapons smaller then their forearms learn that true power isn't in the weapon its in themselves. Only knife masters can use maneuvers from this disciple. The Short Blade discipline's associated skill is Sleight of Hand, as it relies on gracefulness and legerdemain to gain the advantage. The associated weapons of the Short Blade discipline are the dagger, katar, tanto, jambiya, stiletto, kris, kukri, and hunting knife.

Game Mechanics of the Short Blade

Available To: Swordsage, Warblade

Discipline Skill: Sleight of Hand (Dex) - One needs nimble hands to slip these knives in and out at your whim.

Discipline Weapons: Any light slashing or piercing weapon. - It's called Short Blade, what did you think would be used? 

Saves: 10 + maneuver level + Dexterity 

Legacy Weapon: Lightrazor 

Maneuver Granting Item: Gloves of Short Blade 

Discipline Feat: Knife Juggler 

Tactical Feat: Bladestorm Whirlwind


Maneuvers of the Short Blade Discipline[edit]

To see the full, expanded description of every maneuver, click here.

1st-Level Maneuvers

  • Momentum Redirect: Counter — Using your opponents momentum you move them in the opposite direction
  • One Whole: Stance — You treat your weapons as if they were one size larger.
  • Reverse Grip: Boost — You reverse your grip briefly, throwing opponents off guard and giving you a little defensive benefit.


2nd-Level Maneuvers

  • Defensive Reflexes: Counter — Use slight of hand in place of AC against one attack.
  • Rogue Training: Strike — Gain sneak attack for this one attack.
  • Serrated Blade: Boost — With your blade you create a partially real illusion making your opponents minds do the hurting.


3rd-Level Maneuvers

  • Charging Strike: Strike — You charge at your foes and use that power to rips your opponents apart.
  • Greater Sneak Attack: Boost — Occasionally you get a jolt of adrenaline allowing you too stab a person a second time before they notice.
  • Wrist Cutter: Counter — Strike before they hit you, and cause them to drop their weapon in pain.


4th-Level Maneuvers

  • Assassins Kiss: Stance — Gain sneak attack, and bleed out your opponents.
  • Hidden Blade: Strike — Attack with a hidden or sheathed weapon as an immediate action.
  • Under A Tack: Strike — Pin your opponent to a wall and keep them from moving.


5th-Level Maneuvers

  • Animilistic Frenzy: Strike — You charge your opponent then shred him.
  • Critical Threat: Boost — Sometimes you just hit a little more accurately then others.
  • Killer Instinct: Stance — You can sense the things around you and are a really ferocious beast.


6th-Level Maneuvers

  • Amazing Flourish: Strike — You distract and stab at the same time. You distract your opponent with one blade stab them with the other and repeat...
  • Shank: Strike — You get too proficient with a knife.


7th-Level Maneuvers


8th-Level Maneuvers


9th-Level Maneuvers



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AdopterEiji-kun +
AuthorWolfDancer +
ClassSwordsage + and Warblade +
Identifier3.5e Martial Discipline +
RatingUnrated +
SkillSleight of Hand +
SummaryNow only people that are crazy enough to fight with weapons smaller then their forearms learn that true power isn't in the weapon its in themselves. Only knife masters can use maneuvers from this disciple. +
TitleShort Blade +
WeaponAny light slashing or piercing weapon. +