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In the world of The Wheel of Time, there are a number of standardized sword forms used by blademasters, with poetic names. These include:

  • Boar Rushes Down the Mountain
  • Cat Crosses The Courtyard--a method of walking
  • The Creeper Embraces
  • The Courtier Taps His Fan
  • Dove Takes Flight
  • Eel Among The Lily Pads
  • Emptiness--another method of walking, each moment in perfect balance
  • The Falcon Stoops
  • Folding The Air
  • The Hummingbird Kisses The Honeyrose
  • Kingfisher Circles The Pond--defensive parry
  • Leaf On The Breeze
  • Leopard's Caress--a blow for the opponent's legs
  • Lightning of Three Prongs
  • The Lion Springs
  • Lizard In The Thornbush
  • The Moon Rises Over The Lakes
  • Parting The Silk--an attack aimed at the arms
  • Plucking The Low-Hanging Apple--a swift blow for the opponent's neck, intended to decapitate
  • Rain In High Wind
  • Reaping The Barley--a slashing attack aimed at the opponent's chest
  • The Red Hawk Takes A Dove
  • River of Light
  • Sheathe The Sword--killing one's opponent at the cost of one's own life
  • Stones Falling From The Cliff
  • The Swallow Takes Flight
  • Threading The Needle--a thrusting attack aimed at the opponent's shoulder
  • Two Hares Leaping
  • Unfolding the Fan
  • Whirlwind on the Mountain
  • The Wind Blows Over The Wall
  • The Wood Grouse Dances