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    Default And Touch the Face of God [Martial Discipline, PEACH]

    North Wind Discipline
    "Your kung fu is weak, old man. Mine is as light as the wind."

    Overview

    The discipline of the North Wind is all about grace in the air and flying maneuverability. Adepts in the discipline hone their skills to fly circles around their enemies, while masters strike unseen like a bolt from the blue. Learning the maneuvers in this disciplines gives initiators the talents to perform aerial stunts and tricks that will leave their foes and competitors gaping in awe.

    Game Rules Information

    This discipline is a little different from most of the martial disciplines in the purpose it's designed to serve. Most of the disciplines exist to give martial types more options and abilities in combat. This discipline does that too, but it's also solving the problem of horribly misunderstood aerial movement and combat rules, as well as being usable by mounted characters and nonmounted flying characters. So don't be surprised if it doesn't follow the perfect template of most disciplines. That being said, it's still very easy to drop into a martial initiator's powerset.

    The key skill for North Wind is usually one of either Ride or Balance. If you achieve flight by riding a flying mount, you use Ride to perform the skill checks involved with this discipline. In addition, if you're riding a flying mount you can allow your mount to perform maneuvers from this discipline on your behalf (at your behest, but using its actions instead of yours). Otherwise, the key skill is Balance. If you're using Pathfinder rules, this skill is instead Fly. Because there are up to three (!) potential key skills, whenever one is required the rules will simply request a "key skill check". The associated weapons with North Wind are the spear, lance, claw, bite, talon, and breath weapon.

    To learn maneuvers from North Wind, an initiator must sacrifice one of their existing disciplines. This can be done as soon as the initiator achieves flight, whether it's by personal means or not. The initiate cannot know any maneuvers from the discipline being given up. Once this decision is made, the initiate cannot change their mind later on, although they can regain access to their former discipline if any such means exist.

    All maneuvers from this discipline require you to be flying in order to activate. Also, some of the maneuvers in this discipline allow you to borrow actions from your next turn. It goes without saying that you cannot activate two of these maneuvers in one round to borrow against the same future action. This will make more sense when you actually read the maneuvers.

    Maneuver List

    1st Level
    • Chandelle (Boost)– Climb up to your full fly speed in the air and turn 180 degrees at the same time.
    • Dogfight (Strike)– Engage someone in a dogfight, tying them up.
    • Flutter (Counter)– Make a skill check to perform a midair dodge.
    • Knife Edge (Stance)– You turn on your side in the air, and can make very sharp turns. Riders can use their mounts as full cover.
    • Stall Recovery (Boost)– Recover from a plummeting fall.
    • Terminal Velocity Catch (Boost)– Catch someone falling or get your mount to catch you.


    2nd Level
    • Do a Barrel Roll (Boost)– Move up to half your speed at a 90 degree angle to your current direction without changing your direction.
    • Dragon’s Dive (Strike)– Perform a swooping charge, climbing out afterwards. Can make a ranged attack, including using a breath weapon.
    • Interception Zone (Counter)– Intercept a projectile that passes within your fly speed.
    • Low Corner (Strike)– Break up an ongoing dogfight and make an attack against the enemy.
    • Skidding and Slipping (Strike)– Make one of two variations on an aerial charge.


    3rd Level
    • Drift Correction (Stance)– Count as bigger for the purposes of winds.
    • Friendly Flier (Counter)– Grab onto a passing flier and move along with it.
    • Midair Unseat (Strike)– Knock someone out of their saddle after a charge.
    • Rocket Climb (Boost)– Charge straight up.
    • Turnabout (Counter)– When someone tries to trip or overrun you, you turn the tables on them.


    4th Level
    • Autorotational Blow (Strike)– Knock another flyer out of the air.
    • Closing Eight (Strike)– Fly around an opponent, striking them twice and distracting them.
    • Fly Circles (Boost)– Create vortices around someone in midair, making their movement and checks more difficult
    • Snatching Dive (Strike)– Perform a swooping charge, grab someone, and climb out.


    5th Level
    • Dangerous Game (Stance)– Roll twice to maintain or break dogfights, and hold up to two active dogfights at a time.
    • G-Defense (Counter)– An attacker must match your aerobatics or be foiled.
    • Headache Tumble (Boost)– Make half your movement as a 5-foot step, setting up an enemy you pass through.
    • Pin Down (Strike)– Enter into a dogfight with someone from a distance.


    6th Level
    • Falling Fury (Strike)– Perform a swooping charge, making a full attack at the end of it.
    • Knock Out of the Sky (Strike)– Cause someone you've grabbed to lose altitude.
    • Trickster's Loop (Counter)– Redirect an attack against you towards someone else.


    7th Level
    • Break (Counter)– Sideslip an aerial charge.
    • High Corner (Strike)– Break up a dogfight, making a full attack against the enemy and engaging them in a dogfight of your own
    • Snap Roll (Boost)– Avoid all ranged attacks for a round with Fly checks


    8th Level
    • Stance of Aerial Superiority (Stance)– Gain a free boost every round from the first three levels of this discipline.
    • Threefold Falcon Strike (Strike)– Make three aerial charges in a row, with a move action afterwards.


    9th Level
    • Breath of the North Wind (Strike)– Let loose with a massively augmented breath weapon.
    • Sonic Rainboom (Strike)– Break the sound barrier with a devastating charge.
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    Maneuvers
    "Okay, this maneuver requires a maneuverability within two stages of your enemy's maneuverability, but your maneuverability is poor and his maneuverability is perfect. That's three stages of maneuverability. So why don't you try this other maneuver? First you'll need to maneuver next to him and then if the maneuver hits it brings his maneuverability one step closer to your maneuverability, to good maneuverability. Then your respective maneuverabilities will be close enough for you to initiate that first maneuver."
    (Not actually what this section is like)

    1st Level

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    Chandelle
    North Wind (Boost)
    Level: 1
    Initiation Action: 1 move action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Instant

    This is a fairly simple aerobatic maneuver which allows you to climb a great deal. Whatever your maneuverability, you may freely climb in place up to your fly speed, and you must also turn exactly 180 degrees at the end of it.

    Dogfight
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 1
    Initiation Action: 1 swift action
    Range: Melee attack
    Target: One creature
    Duration: Ongoing

    This maneuver represents a fairly common tactic in aerial fights, which allows slower fliers to catch faster aerial threats and pin them down. As part of this maneuver you make a single melee attack at your full attack bonus against an aerial enemy. The attack deals no damage if it succeeds, but the enemy is then considered to be dogfighting with you. While you are in a dogfight you are limited in speed and maneuverability to the slower and less maneuverable of the pair of fliers. In addition, whenever you move, the opponent is allowed a chance to spend a move action from their coming turn early in order to stay in the same relative position to you. If one of the dogfighters makes an attack against a target outside the dogfight, the other dogfighter is granted an attack of opportunity.

    A dogfight ends if one of the fliers chooses not to pursue the other, or if one of them lands. Alternatively, one of the fliers can spend a standard action forcing a key skill contest between the two of them in an effort to get free. Each of them can choose which key skill they would like to use.

    Flutter
    North Wind (Counter)
    Level: 1
    Initiation Action: 1 immediate action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Instant

    As part of this maneuver you make a key skill check when targetted by an attack while flying. you may substitute the result for your AC against this one attack roll. If you have the Mounted Combat feat, you can also expend this maneuver to use the feat a second time in a single round without spending any additional actions.

    Knife Edge
    North Wind (Stance)
    Level: 1
    Initiation Action: 1 swift action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Stance

    In this stance, you turn perpendicular to the ground, allowing you to make brutally sharp turns. You don't need to spend fly speed on turns even if you don't have perfect maneuverability and you can turn in place even if you have poor or clumsy maneuverability. In addition, mounted characters receive full cover while in this stance, although any attack or effect which misses because of this cover is targetted against your mount instead.

    Stall Recovery
    North Wind (Boost)
    Level: 1
    Initiation Action: 1 immediate action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Instant

    This boost allows you to instantly recover from a stall, without losing altitude or being forced to make a Reflex save as normal. Most stalls result from fliers of average or worse maneuverability failing to maintain a forward movement of half their fly speed. If you wish you can purposely allow yourself to fall up to the full 150ft. before initiating this maneuver in order to lose altitude. This maneuver can only be used when you first go into a stall, and not on subsequent turns where you are trying to recover.

    Terminal Velocity Catch
    North Wind (Boost)
    Level: 1
    Initiation Action: 1 immediate action
    Range: Fly speed
    Target: One creature
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver can be triggered when someone is falling freely through the air. Their falling distance of 200ft. per round must take them within a distance of up to your fly speed in order to use this maneuver. As part of it, you immediately fly to the location where their fall path intersects with your flight range, and can make a free grapple check (which they can choose to fail, of course). Mounted characters can have their mounts activate this maneuver even when they're not riding them, such as in case they're knocked off in flight.

    Any movement used up in this maneuver is taken from your available movement in your first move action on the following round.


    2nd Level

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    Do a Barrel Roll
    North Wind (Boost)
    Level: 2
    Initiation Action: Partial move action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver is initiated during one of your normal move actions, and requires no special action on top of it. You can immediately take up to half of your move speed at 90 degrees to your current heading, without changing your direction afterwards. This movement counts towards your minimum forward speed for the round to maintain to avoid stalling out. You gain a +4 deflection bonus to ranged attacks until your next turn.

    Dragon's Dive
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 2
    Initiation Action: 1 full round action
    Range: Charge distance
    Target: One or more creatures
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver is much like a charge, except as follows. This charge allows you to dive at a target below you, and after the attack allows you to instantly change trajectory up to a 45 degree up angle in order to climb out (consuming movement as normal to pivot upwards). It also allows you to finish your movement after your attack, moving up to your full charge distance. Finally, you can choose to use a ranged attack with this charge instead of a melee attack, or even a breath weapon. If you choose to use a breath weapon, you can apply the charge bonus to attack rolls to the DC of your breath weapon instead.

    Interception Zone
    North Wind (Counter)
    Level: 2
    Initiation Action: 1 immediate action
    Range: Fly speed
    Target: One projectile
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver can be activated as an immediate action whenever a projectile (including things like magical rays but not including siege weapons) passes within your fly speed distance. It allows you to immediately move over to a point of your choosing where it passes through your flying zone, and attempt to knock it out of the air. This requires a key skill check against the attack roll. If successful, the projectile is neutralized. If you fail, you are targetted by the projectile instead of the intended target.

    Any movement used up in this maneuver is taken from your available movement in your first move action on the following round.

    Low Corner
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 2
    Initiation Action: 1 full round action
    Range: Fly speed
    Target: One creature engaged in a dogfight above you
    Duration: Instant

    You can use this maneuver when there is an ongoing dogfight above you where your intended attack target is within your fly speed from you. As part of this maneuver you fly up to and adjacent to your intended target and make a single melee attack roll at your full attack bonus. If successful, the target takes full damage and the dogfight is broken up.

    Skidding and Slipping
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 2
    Initiation Action: 1 full round action
    Range: Charge distance
    Target: One creature
    Duration: Instant

    When you initiate this maneuver you can choose from two different variations on an aerial charge. Each of these works like a regular charge except as noted. In a skidding charge, you can turn up to 60 degrees in your charge, broken up into smaller turns if you like. You can also pass through occupied squares. In a slipping charge, you can only fly level or descend, but you don't provoke attacks of opportunity as you fly.


    3rd Level

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    Drift Correction
    North Wind (Stance)
    Level: 3
    Prerequisites: One North Wind maneuver
    Initiation Action: 1 swift action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Stance

    While in this stance you count as up to three size categories larger for the purposes of winds. Your projectiles gain the same benefit, and can pass through wind walls.

    Friendly Flier
    North Wind (Counter)
    Level: 3
    Prerequisites: One North Wind maneuver
    Initiation Action: 1 immediate action
    Range: Touch
    Target: One creature
    Duration: Ongoing

    As part of this maneuver you spend an immediate action to activate it whenever you are adjacent to another flier or when one flies by you. If unwilling, they can attempt a grapple check (opposed by a key skill check) to shake you off. Otherwise, you are considered attached to them and you move along with them until you disengage. You cannot move under your own power while flying like this, although you can choose to disengage without taking an action, even on someone else's turn. Every turn the target can spend a swift action to try to shake you off again as described above. The target is considered flanked so long as you are attached to them.

    Midair Unseat
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 3
    Prerequisites: One North Wind maneuver
    Initiation Action: 1 attack action (following charge)
    Range: Melee attack
    Target: One mounted flying creature
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver can be initiated whenever you would make a normal attack roll against a mounted flying creature after a charge. You can choose to replace the normal attack with a special maneuver instead. This is made at the same attack bonus, but if successful you deal no damage. Instead, the target is knocked off their mount, and they immediately fall up to 150ft. On their following turn they will begin to fall 300ft. every round, as normal.

    Rocket Climb
    North Wind (Boost)
    Level: 3
    Prerequisites: One North Wind maneuver
    Initiation Action: 1 move action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver is a special move action that allows you to push yourself straight up to a ridiculous height. You move twice your fly speed straight up with a single move action, but leave yourself flatfooted against threats until your next turn.

    Turnabout
    North Wind (Counter)
    Level: 3
    Prerequisites: One North Wind maneuver
    Initiation Action: 1 immediate action
    Range: Reach
    Target: One instigating creature
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver can be activated when someone attempts to overrun you or trip you (which is pretty bad when you're flying, since it knocks you prone). When they come into your reach, you can force them to make opposed key skill checks. You can each pick which key skill you want to use. If you succeed, you can immediately attempt the same maneuver they were going to try, without spending an action and without provoking an attack of opportunity.


    4th Level

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    Autorotational Blow
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 4
    Prerequisites: One North Wind maneuver
    Initiation Action: One standard action
    Range: Melee attack
    Target: One flying creature
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver is used to knock someone out of their air. You make a normal attack roll at your full attack bonus. If successful, you deal full normal damage, and the target is immediately considered stalled. They fall 150ft., and must recover from the stall on their next turn or continue to fall (for reference, they must make a DC 20 Reflex save to recover or fall 300ft. per round).

    Closing Eight
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 4
    Prerequisites: One North Wind maneuver
    Initiation Action: One standard action
    Range: Melee attack
    Target: One flying creature
    Duration: Instant

    As part of this maneuver you make a single melee attack at your full attack bonus against a flying creature. If successful, you can then move through it's square(s) to any other adjacent square to it, and attempt a second attack at the same bonus. Both attacks deal full damage, and the creature is considered flanked for your second attack as well as any attacks it sustains until your next turn (no matter where they come from). The target also loses one attack of opportunity when you make your movement.

    Fly Circles
    North Wind (Boost)
    Level: 4
    Prerequisites: One North Wind maneuver
    Initiation Action: 1 move action
    Range: Fly speed
    Target: One creature with worse maneuverability
    Duration: 10 rounds

    With this maneuver you fly over to someone within your fly speed, and can attempt an opposed key skill check. You can each select which key skill you would like to use. If successful, you fly circles around the target, stirring up the air. The target is considered flatfooted until they leave the area, which extends for 50ft. in every direction from them. While in the area they take a -6 penalty on key skill checks, and their fly speed is halved.

    This effect lasts for either 10 rounds or until they leave the field of effect, but only effects the target.

    Snatching Dive
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 4
    Prerequisites: One North Wind maneuver
    Initiation Action: 1 attack action (following charge)
    Range: Melee attack
    Target: One or more creatures
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver replaces the attack you normally make following a charge. Instead of the normal attack you get, you can choose to make a free grapple attempt as if you had the Snatch monstrous feat (even if you're not huge). If you have either more than one set of arms or more than one natural attack (ie two claws, two talons and a bite, and so on) you can choose to make additional grapples if there are extra targets in range, up to a maximum of one for every natural attack you possess or extra set or arms you have. You can apply the normal charge bonus to attack rolls to your grapple attempt(s) instead. Finally, you can make a vertical trajectory change of up to 90 degrees up after your grappling, and finish your full possible charge movement.


    5th Level

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    Dangerous Game
    North Wind (Stance)
    Level: 5
    Prerequisites: Two North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 swift action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Instant

    While in this stance you assume a deadly aerial focus, and are able to control the flow of battle. Whenever you try to disengage from a dogfight or when someone tries to disengage from your own dogfight you can roll the opposed key skill check roll twice and pick whichever result you prefer. You can also hold up to two active dogfights at a time, either through the normal 1st level melee maneuver dogfight or through the 5th level maneuver pin down.

    If you have two melee dogfights going at once, both enemies are limited in their movement, but are not restricted to each other's interactions with you. Basically, they can pull you in opposite directions in order to get away from you. If you move out of reach of on of them while following the other, that dogfight's automatically disengaged unless they decide to follow you. For this reason, the most useful way to use this maneuver is to have one melee dogfight and one ranged dogfight going at the same time.

    You also no longer provoke attacks of opportunity from your dogfighting partner for attacking targets outside of the dogfight.

    G-Defense
    North Wind (Counter)
    Level: 5
    Prerequisites: Two North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 immediate action
    Range: Reach
    Target: One attacking creature
    Duration: Instant

    The G-Defense is usually a last resort, where the defender makes random and bizarre changes to speed, attitude, and direction in an attempt to confuse or dodge an attacker. You can initiate this maneuver as an immediate action when you're targetted by a melee attack. You can immediately make an opposed key skill check with the attacker. If you succeed, the attack is foiled and the enemy's turn immediately ends. They're also considered dazed until their next turn.

    Headache Tumble
    North Wind (Boost)
    Level: 5
    Prerequisites: Two North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 5ft. step
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Instant

    You can activate this maneuver as part of a 5ft. step that you take while flying. You can move up to half your fly speed in the 5ft. step, and can act as if you had perfect maneuverability for it. You can move through occupied squares, and anyone whose square you move through must make a Reflex save (DC 15 + your Dex modifier) or be flatfooted until their next turn. Like all 5ft. steps, you don't provoke attacks of opportunity with this movement. If you're engaged in a dogfight when you initiate this maneuver, your partner can choose to move with you by expending the 5ft. step from his next turn.

    Pin Down
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 5
    Prerequisites: Two North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 swift action
    Range: Ranged attack (1 range increment)
    Target: One creature
    Duration: Ongoing

    This maneuver works like the 1st level maneuver dogfight, except as follows. You target the enemy with a ranged attack instead of a melee attack. Once the enemy is engaged in the dogfight with you, they are considered to be still in the dogfight unless they move outside of a single range increment of the ranged weapon you used to initiate the dogfight. This means that unless they try to leave that zone you don't need to follow them around in order to maintain the dogfight. If they try to leave the zone of control, you can still choose to spend your next round's move action early following them, as normal.

    If the enemy has a ranged weapon of their own, they can choose to use it in this kind of dogfight, imposing the same kinds of limitations on your movement. Otherwise, they need to follow the normal melee rules for the dogfight.


    6th Level

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    Falling Fury
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 6
    Prerequisites: Two North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 attack action (following charge)
    Range: Melee attack
    Target: One or more creatures below you
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver is used after an aerial charge against a target below you. It's initiated with the attack action you would normally receive after a charge, and instead allows you to make a full attack, much like the Pounce special ability (except only while flying).

    Knock Out of the Sky
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 6
    Prerequisites: Two North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 standard action
    Range: Touch
    Target: One creature you've grappled
    Duration: Instant

    Before using this maneuver you must be either engaged in an aerial grapple with someone, or have attached yourself to them with the friendly flier 3rd level maneuver. You make a melee attack against their touch AC, and if successful they take no damage but instead are forced to immediately descend at least 5ft. for every point of damage your attack would have done. If they're forced to fall at least 150ft. in one round, they're considered to be freefalling and stalled, and automatically detach from you. On their next turn they must recover from their stall or continue to plummet at a rate of 300ft. per round (again, for reference they must make a DC 20 Reflex save to recover from a stall).

    Trickster's Loop
    North Wind (Counter)
    Level: 6
    Prerequisites: Two North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 immediate action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver can be activated whenever someone attacks you with a melee or ranged attack. You can immediately switch places with another flier who is within your fly speed in distance from you. They are allowed to attempt an opposed key skill check with you in order to avoid this effect. If you succeed on the check, you switch places and the attack which would have targetted you instead targets your victim. This uses up a single move action from your next turn.


    7th Level

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    Break
    North Wind (Counter)
    Level: 7
    Prerequisites: Two North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 immediate action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: You

    You initiate this maneuver when an enemy charges you. You can declare that you're using this maneuver in order to sideslip his charge, and you move 5ft. in a direction of your choice. The enemy continues his charge past you to his full charge distance without turns (even if he could normally turn or change angle of attack during a charge). If there is an obstacle in his path impeding his movement (like, say, a mountain) he takes damage as if from falling the distance he charged into it. You can make an attack of opportunity as normal for having him move out of your threatened zone.

    High Corner
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 7
    Prerequisites: Two North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 full round action
    Range: Fly speed
    Target: One creature engaged in a dogfight below you
    Duration: Ongoing

    This maneuver works like the 2nd level maneuver low corner except as follows. You target a dogfighting creature below you, not above you. When you attack, you make a full attack instead of a single attack roll, and the maneuver is considered to be successful if any of the attacks connect. If you succeed, instead of breaking up the dogfight you instead engage the target in a dogfight of your own, as if by the 1st level maneuver dogfight. The other dogfighting partner is automatically disengaged from the dogfight and left to go on his merry way.

    Snap Roll
    North Wind (Boost)
    Level: 7
    Prerequisites: Two North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 swift action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: 1 round

    This maneuver allows you to quickly roll out of the way of incoming attacks. While under the effects of this maneuver, you can substitute a key skill check for your AC against all ranged attacks until the beginning of your next turn. If you're a mounted flyer, you can apply the benefits to your mount as well, without having to resort to the Mounted Combat feat.


    8th Level

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    Stance of Aerial Superiority
    North Wind (Stance)
    Level: 8
    Prerequisites: Three North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 swift action
    Range: Personal
    Target: Self
    Duration: Stance

    While in this stance you can perform a single boost of your choice every round from levels 1-3 of this discipline. This boost does not use up an action and does not need to be prepared. If they borrow against future actions, you don't need to spend those actions, either. Basically, this stance gives you a bunch of cool basic flying tricks since you're such an ace flier by now. For reference, the boosts you can pick from include chandelle, stall recovery, terminal velocity catch, do a barrel roll, and rocket climb.

    Threefold Falcon Strike
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 8
    Prerequisites: Three North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 full round action
    Range: Three charges followed by a movement
    Target: One to three creatures
    Duration: Instant

    This maneuver represents the pinnacle of mundane aerial combat. You can make three consecutive aerial charges. If you have maneuvers readied which can be activated in place of the attack action following a charge, you can choose to activate a different one for each charge. These charges follow all the normal rules for charging, although when you begin the second and third charges you don't provoke attacks of opportunity from your previous charge's target. You cannot target the same creature with two subsequent charges, but there's no reason you can't use your first and third charges against the same creature. If you like, you can use the middle charge to simply fly to a distance to set up for the third charge.

    After the third charge, you can immediately take a move action to fly away from the last target, again avoiding an attack of opportunity for leaving a threatened space.


    9th Level

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    Breath of the North Wind
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 9
    Prerequisites: Four North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 standard action
    Range: Breath weapon
    Target: One or more creatures
    Duration: Instant

    This devastating maneuver is known only to the most aged and experienced dragons. Although rare, it is rightly feared as it can destroy masses of ground troops in an instant. It can be activated when you would normally be able to use your breath weapon. Your breath weapon's area of effect is Enlarged (its area is doubled, as if by the Enlarge Breath metabreath feat), and the DC is replaced by the result of a key skill check. If it deals damage, it deals an extra 100 cold damage (before the Reflex save typically offered). You're automatically considered to have rolled a 1 on your breath recharge roll.

    Sonic Rainboom
    North Wind (Strike)
    Level: 9
    Prerequisites: Four North Wind maneuvers
    Initiation Action: 1 attack action (following charge)
    Range: Melee attack
    Target: One creature + surrounding creatures
    Duration: Instant

    Perhaps the most talked-of aerial combat maneuver, many dismiss the devastating sonic rainboom as a myth. This maneuver can be activated in place of the attack which normally follows a charge. You fly ludicrously fast, somehow breaking the speed of sound. If your attack at the end of the charge is successful the target is struck as if by a prismatic wall effect (DC 19 + your Dexterity modifier) and thrown backwards as if with the Awesome Blow feat (with an additional 10ft. of distance for every 25 points of damage).

    The attack deals double damage, and every creature within 100ft. must make a Fortitude saving throw (same DC) or be permanently deafened (the deafening effect comes from your speed, and is not contingent on the attack succeeding).

    If you declare that you are going to use this maneuver at the end of a charge, your fly speed for the charge is doubled (following normal additive D&D rules for multiplication). However, you must charge at least twice your normal fly speed before you reach your target in order to build up enough speed for the attack, and your target must be at a lower altitude than you when you begin your charge.


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    Dragons with the Ruler of the Winds Template vastly improve their aerial abilities, and have many more options for flying combat.

    Creating a Ruler of the Winds: "Ruler of the Winds" is an inherited template that can be added to any true dragon of any age category which can fly.

    Maneuvers: Starting at Juvenile age, the base dragon learns a single maneuver from the North Wind discipline at each age category. The maneuver can be of any level equal to 1 + the number of age categories above Juvenile. The base dragon's racial HD add to any initiating class levels to determine its total initiator level.

    The dragon has the same recovery method for its natural maneuvers as the warblade.

    Speed: The base creature's fly speed improves by 20ft. and its maneuverability rating improves by one stage.

    Spellcasting: The base creature loses all spells except those actually derived from spellcasting class levels. A dragon maintains its spell-like abilities based on its breed.

    Challenge Rating: No change.
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    Looks very cool. Though isn't it customary to have a single 9th level maneuver?
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    Looks very cool. Though isn't it customary to have a single 9th level maneuver?
    This one has two.

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    This one has two.
    That was my point.

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    Nevermind, it doesn't really matter. Great discipline. Now to make a build that somehow integrates this with the Dragon Rider PrC.
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    That was my point.

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    Nevermind, it doesn't really matter. Great discipline. Now to make a build that somehow integrates this with the Dragon Rider PrC.
    Glad you like it. The reason it's got more maneuvers than normal at most levels is because it caters to both mounted and unmounted characters, as well as dragons. For 9th level in particular, the breath of the north wind maneuver is especially useful if you want a really scary dragon with class levels, whereas the sonic rainboom maneuver is an incredible attack for a mounted flying character, since charges are the defining thing for mounted characters.

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    There's now a template dragons can take to become proficient in aerial maneuvers instead of being sorcerers.

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    Dragon initiators....

    Kellus, you're going to give my DM horrible horrible ideas...

    Breath of the North Wind is much better than any of the 8th or 9th level breath spells available to a dragon sorcerer. (It's even better than the Fivefold Breath of Tiamat of the Dragonfire Adept, which is really impressive)

    Improving a dragon's maneuverability is good and balanced, though I hope you update to include some fluff about what this template really means and how it happens, etc.

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    Dragon initiators....

    Kellus, you're going to give my DM horrible horrible ideas...

    Breath of the North Wind is much better than any of the 8th or 9th level breath spells available to a dragon sorcerer. (It's even better than the Fivefold Breath of Tiamat of the Dragonfire Adept, which is really impressive)

    Improving a dragon's maneuverability is good and balanced, though I hope you update to include some fluff about what this template really means and how it happens, etc.
    Well, I'm not sure how much more fluff you need. It's a dragon that's really skilled at flying.

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    You can also pass through occupied squares, In a slipping charge, you can only fly level or descend, but you don't provoke attacks of opportunity as you fly.
    I think you want to replace that first comma with a period.
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    Dragon initiators....

    Kellus, you're going to give my DM horrible horrible ideas...
    Run a google site-search for "Breath of Fire" and then another one for "Cold Iron Dragon".

    Sonic Rainboom needs to specify the saving throw DC for the Prismatic Wall. Also, I would like to know the source that inspired this.
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    Sonic Rainboom needs to specify the saving throw DC for the Prismatic Wall. Also, I would like to know the source that inspired this.
    I believe the source is here. I warn you, there are ponies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DracoDei View Post
    I think you want to replace that first comma with a period.

    Sonic Rainboom needs to specify the saving throw DC for the Prismatic Wall.
    Thanks, fixed.

    Also, I would like to know the source that inspired this.

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    I believe the source is here. I warn you, there are ponies.
    Starting at about minute 18, yes, I see.

    Personally I would prefer a power-diving attack that either involves bull-rushing or grappling. Nothing says "Finishing Move" to me like "Pile-driver from 500+ feet". Hint: If the GM isn't justified in requiring at least a DC 5 climb check for the victim to climb back up to ground level, you didn't write the maneuver correctly.
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    Starting at about minute 18, yes, I see.

    Personally I would prefer a power-diving attack that either involves bull-rushing or grappling. Nothing says "Finishing Move" to me like "Pile-driver from 500+ feet". Hint: If the GM isn't justified in requiring at least a DC 5 climb check for the victim to climb back up to ground level, you didn't write the maneuver correctly.
    Good call. I added an extra requirement for initiating the charge (big leadup and coming in from above) and also an effect that sends the victim flying into the sunset. How's it look?

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    Good call. I added an extra requirement for initiating the charge (big leadup and coming in from above) and also an effect that sends the victim flying into the sunset. How's it look?
    "Into the sunset" =/= "straight down into the ground"

    I was talking about a completely different sort of maneuver. While I completely approve of your choice of source material, the who Prismatic Wall strike at the end of the charge sorta struck me as a kludge. Therefore I suggested a replacement.

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    "Into the sunset" =/= "straight down into the ground"

    I was talking about a completely different sort of maneuver. While I completely approve of your choice of source material, the who Prismatic Wall strike at the end of the charge sorta struck me as a kludge. Therefore I suggested a replacement.

    Whatever floats your boat.
    Okay, no. It fundamentally makes sense for an ability that's based off of a rainbow to have a prismatic effect. When you're talking about 17th level, prismatic wall is the go-to prismatic effect of choice. I'm not saying that they actually construct one, just that the target is affected as if they had passed through one. As far as the whole "straight down into the ground" thing goes, I'm not designing an entirely new terrain system to handle pummeling people into the ground and the various repercussions thereof including different effects for different kinds of terrain (rock, sand, metal...) just for the sake of a single maneuver in a discipline that's focused on aerial combat when the source material never even shows that happening.

    I'm going to use mechanics that already exist in the system that already represent someone being hurled with great force, in this case the Awesome Blow feat. If the DM decides that the target is hurled into the ground because of that at a strong enough force to cause some mechanical effect that makes sense in the context of the particular situation, they can do whatever they want. But that sort of detail makes no sense to put in the maneuver itself, because that's not what the maneuver's about.

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    Okay, no. It fundamentally makes sense for an ability that's based off of a rainbow to have a prismatic effect. When you're talking about 17th level, prismatic wall is the go-to prismatic effect of choice. I'm not saying that they actually construct one, just that the target is affected as if they had passed through one. As far as the whole "straight down into the ground" thing goes, I'm not designing an entirely new terrain system to handle pummeling people into the ground and the various repercussions thereof including different effects for different kinds of terrain (rock, sand, metal...) just for the sake of a single maneuver in a discipline that's focused on aerial combat when the source material never even shows that happening.

    I'm going to use mechanics that already exist in the system that already represent someone being hurled with great force, in this case the Awesome Blow feat. If the DM decides that the target is hurled into the ground because of that at a strong enough force to cause some mechanical effect that makes sense in the context of the particular situation, they can do whatever they want. But that sort of detail makes no sense to put in the maneuver itself, because that's not what the maneuver's about.
    I understood that no actual prismatic wall was created.

    Look at my original post about hurling people into the ground. I never mentioned a required mechanical effect. I only mentioned that the DAMAGE (ok, so I didn't explicitly mention damage, but that is the general idea) should be enough that a cinematically inclined GM might require a climb-check under rule 0.
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    I understood that no actual prismatic wall was created.

    Look at my original post about hurling people into the ground. I never mentioned a required mechanical effect. I only mentioned that the DAMAGE (ok, so I didn't explicitly mention damage, but that is the general idea) should be enough that a cinematically inclined GM might require a climb-check under rule 0.
    Fair enough. The DM is of course justified in whatever situational effects the circumstances warrant, but I think I'll leave it up to them. I do like the Awesome Blow effect though, so thanks for the help.

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    Run a google site-search for "Breath of Fire" and then another one for "Cold Iron Dragon".
    Thanks for the plug, DracoDei.

    Also, Kellus, as i've come to expect from you, this is awesome.

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