So recently my GM has ruled that unless specifically stated in the maneuver that golden lion maneuvers do not benefit me.
The discipline of Golden Lion is a practice passed between war leaders, chieftains, generals, and militia leaders over the generations, meant to bring a group of warriors together into one cohesive unit. Golden Lion is a discipline that only greatly benefits a warrior who believes strongly in teamwork. The larger the group, the more who can benefit from the skilled leadership of a dedicated commander. Golden Lion benefits its practitioners indirectly, by aiding their allies instead. Because of this association with team work and working in groups with many differing people, the associated skill for this discipline is Diplomacy, and its associated weapon groups are heavy blades, hammers, and pole arms.
Is this how it's supposed to work? Or do I still count as my own ally and this is flavor text?
Seems to me the RAI is that your supposed to be a party player, perhaps even buffer though I would have to look up the discipline in full, and as such wouldn't make as much sense for it to effect your character solo. I say that bolded line is mechanic not just fluff... unless the abilities themselves say differently.
I will take a look, perhaps the abilities of the decipline will show that you can count as your own ally.
|Adam B. 135|
It's just intended to be fluff. It's not a hard rule that says that you do not benefit from your own maneuvers. Pathfinder rules specifically state that you are your own Ally. Golden Lion is fully intended to be able to benefit you and your allies. All other maneuvers that are done through almost every other school is primarily only benefiting the initiator. Golden lion benefits a lot of people. I hope that clears this up.