The steel mountain discipline makes heavy use of shields and defensive maneuvers. Many of its abilities rely on shields to negate effects, abilities and certain forms of attack, whilst protecting those who use the discipline and their allies.
The style originated shortly after the original temple’s downfall. One young and promising initiate had left the temple to develop his skills on his own. After leaving, he met and dueled with another warrior. When he saw the warrior with a shield, he had thought to himself “What a waste”, activating his animated shield and charged at him.
When he lost the fight, his rival had explained his error. “A shield is not simply a piece of metal used to protect you. In the right hands, it is far more…” The young initiate was inspired by these words, and together the two developed the Steel Mountain discipline.