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When playing a class from Tome of Battle: Book of Nine Swords can you initiate manuevers while not weilding a disciplines favored weapon? For example: could one use Desert Wind manuevers without weilding a scimitar?

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Favored weapons are relevant for certain feats, but they are never a requirement to initiate a maneuver. Any requirements for initiating a maneuver, other than knowing it and having it available (rather than expended) will be explicitly listed in the maneuver's entry in ToB; if you don't see a required weapon, there isn't one.

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