Most official spell descriptions start with a blurb of fluff that explains the effects of the spell as experienced by the characters and then they are followed by some crunch where the spell is explained in game rules text.
The authors of the third party, well-received book Path of War appear to have done the same with their maneuvers.
When surrounded, a disciple of the Black Seraph may lay low many foes by the force of his hellish wrath.
The first sentence of the description is fluff.
By crying out in horrible rage and raising his weapon straight up to the sky, the disciple’s foes are showered with dozens of needles of dark energy which inflict 8d6 points of profane damage.
The second sentence starts as fluff (or is it not?) and then starts spewing out some numbers (clearly crunch).
When this part says "the disciple's foes", is it just picturing the character surrounded by foes, or is it really telling us that this maneuver does not deal damage to allies?
I know this looks clear enough (it says foes, only foes it is!) but a fourth level maneuver that only deals damage to enemies, with a huge area and that can be cast again and again without ever depleting (and a Mystic can use it once ever three turns) looks really strong compared to spells the same level. I know that PoW aims at raising up the power of martials but this looks like surpassing spellcasters in the damage compartment and I'm a bit worried (especially because it's going to damage all enemies in a room).
I just can't drive myself to believe that it really works that way, can someone confirm it for me?