Mind, body, and spirit: these are the three components of self. To find harmony between them is to achieve oneness with the universe. When that happens, all is possible: the body grows as tough as iron and as fluid as the wind; the mind discovers perfect clarity; the soul achieves supreme enlightenment. Meditate on your purpose, young disciple, and behold your infinite potential.
Examples of martial arts characters include:
In a temple nestled high atop a mountain, a monk practices martial arts to achieve enlightenment.
A nameless warrior wanders the countryside, dispensing ancient wisdom to all those willing to listen.
A surly dwarf spends his evenings in the local tavern and wrestles anybody who looks at him the wrong way.
Fist of the Eastern Star • Action
Describe how you perform a deadly technique → Deal melee or ranged damage. Then, if the target’s life is less than or equal to its toughness, the GM tells you that your special technique worked. At any point within the next hour or so, gain creative license to paralyze, knock out, and/or kill the target.
After you deal melee damage to a creature, you can immediately hold it. You roll +1 damage die and have +3 block against creatures you’re holding.
Judo • Action
Describe how you manipulate an adjacent creature’s momentum → Bolster. Force an adjacent creature to move; you control where and how it moves. Then, it’s slow.
Ki Beam • Action
Describe how you unleash energy → Deal ranged damage in a line.
Meteor Fist • Action
Describe how you make a forceful attack → Deal melee damage and push the target up to a far distance away from you. At the GM’s discretion, other creatures and objects in the target’s path are similarly affected. Resisting.
Pressure Point • Action
Describe how you strike pressure points → Deal damage and stun the target for 1 round. Resisting.
Tai Chi • Action
Describe how you turn an adjacent creature’s strength back on itself → The target hits itself with its strongest attack. If relevant, act as though its attack roll is the same result as your Tai Chi roll.
At the start of each session, lose previous words form this trait and write “Body,” “Mind,” and “Spirit” on your character sheet At any point, cross off a word to increase a roll that relates to it.
Breaking Wave Strike • Action
Describe how you strike an object → Gain creative license to destroy part or all of the object.
You can hold your breath for about 1 hour, and you can ignore extreme weather conditions (blizzards, freezing water, having no water in the desert, etc) for about 1 day.
Once each session, ask a question. The GM must answer honestly.
You can wall jump and jump much farther and higher than normal (work with your GM to determine how much).
When you fall, lower the severity from deadly to dangerous, or from dangerous to safe. Whenever you like, all solid objects and liquids are capable of supporting your weight.
Aura of Lotus Blossoms • Action
Describe how you pursue peace → For the next several minutes, no creature (including you) can make attacks in your presence. You can do this once every hour or so.
Increase all rolls to socialize when you stand strong in defense of your principles.
Sage • Slow Action
Roleplay offering guidance to someone → That person can increase a roll they make within the next hour or so if it relates to your advice.
You can view the spiritual auras of others. Auras hint at creatures’ true nature and current mental state (an evil person has a dark and twisted aura, an angry person has a fiery aura, a deceptive person has a suppressed aura, etc).
Words of Wisdom
When you roll to socialize, increase the roll if you tell a relevant fable (a metaphorical story that leads to a profound moral truth).