THE WARDANCERS - Imperian Online Help
A glimmer of light in the distant desert is often all one notices of an advancing Wardancer. When observing the skillful and precise movement of a Wardancer practicing his craft, people often forget that they are watching a fierce fighter and not a beautiful dancer. This ability to cause people to stand jaw dropped in awe is used to their advantage as they take over the very minds of their observers. The practice of Wardancing can be traced back to the late 13th century, before the Demon Incursions. It is said that as the warriors of Antioch would practice their swordsmanship in the surrounding desert they became enthralled with the lithe, quick movements of the lizards. They began to imitate the lizards and found that as these movements became second nature they were much more capable of controlling their thoughts and planning their attacks. In 1467 an Antioch Akrabi named Srifat Midbere was practicing his craft in the desert when a sudden sand storm blew up. Midbere was buried under the hot sand for three days. Afflicted with heatstroke he became delusional and began to have visions of an army of warriors in gold armour and wielding golden sabres marching through the desert. Not only were they using their swords to attack their enemies but they were able to control their mind power in ways that he did not yet understand. Eventually the sands shifted and Midbere was uncovered. He lay unconscious in the desert heat until a trader's caravan happened upon him. En route to Antioch they took him with. While being nursed back to health he began to tell his friends about the visions he'd had. On the 10th day of the month of Solis, he called together his fellow warriors and founded the guild of Wardancers. Midbere divided his understanding of combat into three disciplines: Bladedance, Shielddance and Wardance. Through Bladedance the Wardancers command unparalleled control of the one-handed blade. Shielddance enables them to use their shields in ways known only to them. While their most complex of skills, Wardance, requires grace achieved only through many years of practice and enables them to combine their entire skillset in ways that often surprise the Gods themselves. In the year 84 AM, the Wardancers have made a breakthrough in their fighting style, combining the former techniques of Wardance, Bladedance, and Shielddance into the new skills of Maiming and Rampage, eschewing some of their dated abilities in the process. In doing so, they have also developed the skill of Warchants, and started calling themselves Berserkers.