Hand of Death (Original) p. 77

Shadow Hand

Level: Swordsage 4
Initiation Action: 1 standard action
Range: Touch
Target: Creature touched
Saving throw: Fortitude negates

You reach out and tap your foe with a single finger. Her look of puzzlement turns to fear as black energy spreads across her body, rendering her helpless.

You draw upon the power of shadow to render a single foe helpless. By touching a specific nerve center and channeling your ki, you leave your enemy's muscles cold, locked, and useless.

This maneuver functions only against flat-footed opponents. As part of this maneuver, you make a melee touch attack against your opponent. If this attack hits, your opponent must make a successful Fortitude save (DC 14 + your Wis modifier) or be paralyzed for 1d3 rounds.

This maneuver has been updated by errata. See Hand of Death for details.