It was said that the grand master of this discipline first came upon it when he missed a turn at Albuquerque. Some suggest that rather than a discipline that the way of the Falling Anvil is actually a mental disorder. This is quite plausible, but if so it is a mental disorder that those whose minds are attuned to the sublime way are especially prone to. The concept that the sublime way has anything to do with this opening of the way directly is firmly rejected by proponents of this theory. Rather they claim that those who still have a small part of them self that wishes they weren't training so hard, or, indeed that they had never taken up the sublime way at all. This part of them feels that the power granted by such study really isn't worth the effort, and would rather simply listen to a good tale they have heard 50 times before than to actually do anything particularly productive. The opponents of this point of view claim that students of the Falling Anvil find power in simplicity and ridiculousness. That appreciating that the universe is, in some sense, one big joke, allows them to direct the tragedy of misfortune befalling others that is at the core of that cosmic comedy at others while avoiding harm themselves. Whatever the case, both sides agree that those who have set foot on this path are extremely vexing foes and that they literally have the universe working in their favor. and they KNOW it. Martial adepts who have not gone down this road may not be sure EXACTLY what those who have know, but even such outsiders will acknowledge that initiates of the Falling Anvil DO know it.
Reshar never studied this discipline, considering it utterly beneath not only himself, but anyone worthy of the least respect. He did, however, say that his mastery of the Diamond Mind discipline reached new heights when he accidentally offended a master of the Falling Anvil and managed to NOT attack him for the entirety of their 22 minute (30 minutes with interruptions) confrontation.
Because the Falling Anvil discipline was never officially taught at the Temple of the Nine Swords or any similar center of training (although a few adepts even at the temple "contracted" it, and rumors persist of it having been taught in secret so as to preserve the temple's public image), most martial adepts do not know any maneuvers from it, or even know it exists. Any martial adept can learn maneuvers from the Falling Anvil discipline. There are two ways to master the discipline: to have been trained in it intentionally, via the inclusion of prank-wars and seeking the services of bards or experts with ranks in Perform(Comedy) (often on the stages at various taverns), or to have "contracted" it from the stress of your training regime as a novice.
It should be noted that many Falling Anvil maneuvers refer to things appearing over the target's head (usually falling on them). In no case does it matter what is above the target's head before hand. The object appears as low as necessary if it is going to fall on them, or the effect is created regardless of if the generating object actually comes into existence if it isn't.
Also note that the ranged touch attacks generated by falling anvil maneuvers do not provoke attacks of opportunity unless the maneuver specifically states that it does.
Tactical Analysis for players and GMs: The Falling Anvil Discipline provides a mix of ranged, melee, and very strong defensive measures. The defensive measures are somewhat limited in that almost all of them place you at some sort of disadvantage in exchange for the protection they provide.