Supreme Blade Parry

Iron Heart (Stance)
Level: Warblade 8
Prerequisite: Three Iron Heart maneuvers
Initiation Action: 1 swift action
Range: Personal
Target: You
Duration: Stance

You drop into a relaxed pose, allowing your defenses to fl ow naturally and easily. Your blade lashes out to absorb or deflect each attack you face, blunting the force of your enemies’ blows.

As a student of the Iron Heart discipline, you learn that a simple flick of the wrist or turn of the blade can transform a deadly strike into a wild miss. In battle, you enter a steady rhythm that makes you frustratingly difficult to fight. You disrupt each attack with a perfectly timed counter, leaving your foes’ strikes weak and ineffectual.

While you are in this stance, you gain damage reduction 5/— against any opponent that does not catch you flat-footed. To gain this benefit, you must be proficient with the weapon you carry. You gain this benefit while unarmed only if you have the Improved Unarmed Strike feat.