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The purest form of combat recognizes that the body is one's greatest weapon. To some this is more than mere fact; it is a life philosophy, one that you can spend a lifetime learning and perfecting. Though few have the discipline and acute mental focus required to walk this path, those that do are no mere fighters, but rather artists. While the Martial Artist favors unarmed combat, they are at their deadliest when they combine the skills they have refined from years of practice with the sharp edge of a blade or a sturdy hardwood staff. Fighting styles among Martial Artists vary greatly according to the cultures and philosophies from which they originate, but they all have one thing in common: the ability to rapidly strike with a vast repertoire of attacks in deadly combinations. This sets them apart from other students of unarmed combat and makes them peerless melee combatants.

The high degree of training and self discipline required to master the martial arts, is most most often acquired by belonging to a school devoted to the teaching a particular fighting style. The most prominent colleges or dojos often draw eager students from across the land to study under a teacher or Sensei of great renown. However, the end goal of each individual Martial Artist is subject to their own whims. Some wish to master these skills as a means towards self improvement or to defend themselves against those who would do them harm, others see it as a invaluable survival skill while adventuring in a world full of unpredictable dangers or a means of generating wealth and fame as a competitive fighter, but the most ambitious of Martial Artists seek to found a school of their own and rise to the illustrious status of an Osensei.

Class Overview


Typical Roles: Melee Damage, Support/Utility
Damage Types: Physical
Class Mechanic: Focus
Available Races: High Elf, Wild Elf, Halfling, Human, Half-Elf, Kayden
Initial Gold: varies by race from 105 to 160

During Character Creation you may choose to use the Default Stat Line, before racial modifiers, instead of rolling for stats, or if after rolling ten sets of stats you don't like the results

Natural Armor Proficiency: Cloth
Trainable Armor Proficiency: None
Natural Weapon Proficiency: None
Trainable Weapon Proficiency: Knives, Swords, Hand Weapons, Polearms, Staves

See Armor and Weapons pages for details. When using a weapon that your class is not proficient with, see Combat Penalties

Class Passives & Secondary Skill


Class Passive: Deep Meditation
Class Synergy: Combo Strike
Class Secondary Skill: Martials Arts

Level Ups


Martial Artists use the following chart for leveling up:



Notes:
  1. Re-calculate Focus Reduction Resistance (FRR) each level
  2. New focus abilities require training unless they are upgrades (i.e. Rank1 Heart Punch -> Rank2 Heart Punch), see Learning New Focus Abilities for details

Specializations


Specializations are recommended for advanced players only, and are accomplished through the Secondary Skill system (see Specialist Skills). Martial Artist may choose to specialize their skills in up to one weapon use and/or two combat styles, but can not have more than two specializations in total.
  • Max one Weapon Specialist skill (choose from: Knives, Swords, Hand Weapons, Polearms, Staves)
  • Max two Combat Specialist skills (choose from:Freehand, Great Weapon, Paired Weapon, Freestyle, Peltast, Warder, Pugilist, Physical Defense)

Title System


Martial Artists gain titles based on the prescribed promotions of their superiors at an institution dedicated to a particular style of Martial Arts. This system of gaining titles is referred to as Colleges. Martial Arts Colleges are usually called Dojos. The actual structure or governance of a Dojo can vary drastically depending on the fighting style and the Sensei assigned to that Dojo by his superiors. Most Dojos, accept almost anyone as a student of their art, however beyond this students must earn promotions, passing tests of their skill to be awarded a consecutive number of belts that represent their rank. These belts are commonly designated by color, with black belts usually being the highest rank of belt, though some Dojos use other methods of identifying thier belts. At very high levels some Martial Artists may acquire a title which allows them to develop a new fighting style and open a Dojo of their own.

The standard College based title ups for Martial Artist are as follows:


Note:
When gaining weapon and/or armor proficiencies from titles a character must still receive training before equipping those weapons and/or armor. A proficiency unlocked from a title-up simply opens up the ability to receive the training. Knives are an exception to this rule and don't require training of any kind to wield in melee combat, however if used as throwing weapons they do still require training.

Martial Artists that do not belong to a Dojo are referred to by the Outlaw Title of Freestylist.

Common Builds


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Additional Lore


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Notable Characters

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Example Character


Lorendar Hivalannon, a level 4 High Elf Martial Artist with high mobility and stun chance, melee damage build

Note: this example character sheet does not include any updates from 2015 on