The Guardian Disciplines were created long ago by a group of the first Hunters and Huntresses. These styles reflected upon the weapons of the Guardian Masters: Sword, Dual Swords and Staff. These three different weapons created the three different styles named after the three masters. Ashen for Dual Swords, Onyx for Sword and Ivory for Staff users. Since then, the Guardian Disciplines have evolved and changed and different variations of the Disciplines have been created.
The training involved for the various Disciplines vary. The Basic Forms are easy to learn within five months of practice. But, the Advanced and Master Forms are much harder to master. It usually takes 2 years to use the Advance Forms. Then, it takes even longer for the Master Styles to be learned. Most students don’t even attempt the Master Forms, but those who do are considerably stronger than most in the Disciplines. While there are some users known to blend from one style to another, most students under the Disciplines truly are inclined to just one style. Most training begins at the age of ten and most don’t pass the Advance forms until age 13. However, there have been special cases.
The Onyx style refers to one-handed sword techniques, but can be appilcable to sword and shield users as well as two-handed sword users. The Onyx basic forms can be translated into any of these styles, as it is simply learning sword cuts as well as simple defenses with the sword.
In the Advanced Forms, we see the splitting of the styles. Single sword, one-handed users rely more on acrobatics as well as speed to deal with an opponent and the moves.
The Ashen Style focuses on using two-one handed swords and draws a lot on the singular motions of the Onyx style. Ashen style is used in larger groups, with two swords able to attack at the same time. It relies heavily on physical strength and dexterity as well as good motor control. Most students learn the X-slash and other basic swords slashes as they build up left and right arm strength and control.
With the basic known movements of attack and defense learned in Basic Forms, Advanced adds much more unique dynamics into the mix of attacks. Now, the user must train their body to use a much more athletic approach in their combat. Now, a new move in introduced into the mix. Dual Kata is a series of X-Slashes, whirlwind like movements and other moves designed to overwhelm an oppenent with incredible speed and power, contuinuing to pound on their defense until a hole is force open in which the user can dispatch their foes.