Q: Dear Sage,
Can a crusader (Tome of Battle, p.8) delay learning a new stance to a later level? If not, how can he ever learn an 8th- or 9th-level stance, since his last stance is gained at only 14th level?
A: As a general rule, you can’t ever delay gaining any feature that comes from reaching a new level, whether that’s a feat, skill points, class feature, or anything else.
The crusader’s stances are no different; at 14th level, the crusader must select a new stance of 7th level or less.
However, at 15th level the crusader could select the Martial Stance feat (p.31) in order to choose an 8th-level stance. At 18th level, he could use that feat to choose a 9th-level stance.
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